Slovenia’s electricity transmission operator ELES and its partners marked an important milestone in the second phase of the NEDO smart grids and smart communities project.
While the first phase of the NEDO project focused on smart grids on the infrastructure of ELES and the distribution companies Elektro Celje and Elektro Maribor, the second phase focuses on smart cities and smart communities. In particular, the development of advanced solutions during this phase of the project focuses on energy efficiency in urban communities and the use of battery storage.
This time, the activities cooperated with the companies Elektro Ljubljana and Elektro Primorska, as the battery storage was installed in Ljubljana and Idrija. The battery storage in Ljubljana (BTC) was installed by Riko and the battery storage in Idrija by the company Kolektor Sisteh. ELES will use them for system services, while in the event of an emergency, they will also provide power to critical users. ELES also wants to use the storage in Ljubljana to establish a complex solution for troubleshooting voltage drops of the industrial customer Aquafil, which supports the introduction of advanced solutions.
The Japanese partners emphasised that the NEDO project is a case of exemplary cooperation between Japan and Slovenia in advanced economic development and green transformation.
“In recent years, excellent cooperation between teams of young experts from both sides has been established,” added the CEO of ELES, Aleksander Mervar. “We knew how to find a way to bridge the differences in an entrepreneurial culture and customs and especially the differences in size. We are successfully cooperating with Hitachi, which is the second-largest Japanese company. The fact that there are very few operators in Europe who would work so actively in the field of smart grids is also important for further cooperation.”