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Ventyx, an ABB company, has announced it is joining the Smart Grid Gotland project in Sweden and will deploy a comprehensive distribution system optimization solution.

Located on the Swedish island of Gotland, the demonstration project is between Vattenfall, ABB, GEAB, Svenska Kraftnat, Schneider Electric and KTH, and it is also partly financed by the Swedish Energy Agency. The project launched in September 2012 and will run to December 2015.

"The Gotland Smart Grid project is one of the world's most innovative and significant smart grid initiatives in demonstrating how modernizing electricity networks can support a greater variety of renewable energy sources while at the same time improving power reliability and customer control," says Jens Birgersson, head of the network management business at ABB, which acquired Ventyx in 2010. "It is a significant step forward in the development of a modern, sustainable society with the potential for it to serve as an international model for intelligent electricity networks."

Specifically, Ventyx will deploy distribution management system (DMS) software, integrated with ABB hardware, to address bottlenecks in the distribution network that may restrict the flow from wind turbines to consumers.

Furthermore, Ventyx Network Manager SCADA systems will cover one of the island’s substations and its associated network - managing daily operations and helping to reduce the duration and frequency of outages through the use of smart meters and other equipment in the field.

Ventyx adds that its business analytics solution will analyze data from the SCADA/DMS/OMS system and potentially other sources to help boost operational efficiency and reliability while reducing costs.

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