Most smart grid/smart city projects fail because of
- having a vendor and technology lock-in
- the inflexibility of closed and proprietary silo systems
- not getting beyond small implementation scales and high costs
While facing an increasing demand for remotely controlling and monitoring smart devices, grid operator Alliander has also more and more been faced with these issues.
To solve these issues, Alliander decided to found Smart Society Services which has led to the development of the ‘Open Smart Grid Platform‘ (OSGP). This platform is based on open source and open standards and plays a central role in the innovations that Alliander (and underlying network operator Liander) are implementing.
The first solution powered by OSGP is FlexOVL, a new and flexible system for switching public lighting. FlexOVL is being deployed to 15 cities in The Netherlands. From 2016, a nationwide rollout will start to include 25,000 substations and 800,000 streetlights.
Besides public lighting, more smart utility services are being developed.
Key drivers for Alliander to develop the platform:
- Need for a general purpose platform, to be used for any grid connected device and application. For example, Alliander has already started to design and develop a smart meter implementation based on OSGP
- To be in control of the future development without dependency on a specific vendor or closed technology
- To co-develop (and co-fund) the platform with other grid operators (and other public infrastructure operators). This is because these organizations have the same issues and requirements, as well as the idea of the platform becoming more advanced and having a larger ecosystem
- To develop and promote open standards for broad adoption and implementation in smart grid applications