Innovation prize for developing the power grid of the future | Agder Energi

Innovation prize for developing the power grid of the future

Last night in Washington, Agder Energi and Microsoft received the prestigious prize Innovative Star of Energy Efficiency for their partnership to develop the power grid of the future.

- We are very proud of the recognition the award entails, says CEO Tom Nysted of Agder Energy, who was present in Washington, D.C. to receive the prize.

- We are grateful for the recognition this prize is for our innovation-project. 
Energy markets and the way in which our customers use electricity are
changing rapidly. Our ambition is not just to react to those changes, which
can be hard enough, but to also play a leading role in shaping them. That
is challenging. Together with our partner Microsoft have we have proven
how new technology can be used to develop the future grid, said CEO Tom Nysted when he took to the stage at the prize award ceremony.
Companies and organisations from all of the world had gathered in Washington to honour the prize winners.

-  We are honored to receive this prestigious Innovative Star of Energy Efficiency Award, together with Agder Energi, said Bert Van Hoof, Group Program Manager Azure IoT, Microsoft.

-  What began as a small private preview pilot aimed at creating a more efficient, flexible and intelligent grid has grown into a strong partnership that continues to drive innovation forward. Today, Agder Energi is using Azure Digital Twins to further improve efficient operation of its electrical grid, through distributed energy resources, device controls, and predictive forecasting. These kinds of partnerships between technology and customers can rapidly accelerate sustainable transformations in nearly every sector, and Microsoft is pleased to play a role in enabling that future.


In good company
The prize is awarded by the Alliance to Save Energy. This is an alliance of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders advocating for enhanced energy productivity to achieve economic growth, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security.

- We are excited to recognize these companies that have not only demonstrated tremendous leadership, but have also pioneered new, cutting-edge ways to use energy more efficiently and productively, said Jason Hartke, the president of the Alliance to Save Energy.

The Alliance to Save Energy awards prizes in a number of categories, and the list of former winners includes IBM, Elon Musk, Schneider Electric, Lockheed Martin and Whirlpool.


The power grid of the future
The partnership between Agder Energi and Microsoft has focused on using new technology to create cutting-edge smart grid solutions. Customers whose power consumption is flexible will be able to change both when they use electricity and how much they use, at the same time as reducing their overall electricity bills. The system also integrates the various levels of the electricity network with each other, including linking small-scale renewable energy generators with end users and markets. The aim is to use the electricity network more efficiently and to ensure a smarter grid for the future.

The technology developed at Engene substation has also led to the creation of NODES which is an independent market operator that will operate a European marketplace for decentral flexibility in the power market and will support the drive to an emission free society.


More details: How Engene substation became world-famous


Proud prize winners from Agder Energi and Microsoft together on stage. In mid CEO Tom Nysted who holds the prize together with Bert Van Hoof, CEO Azure IoT, Microsoft.