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Rotterdam Mayor opens Joulz Smart Grid Centre

Rotterdam, 20 September 2017 - Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb today opened the Joulz Smart Grid Centre. The high-tech centre is equipped with state-of-the-art hardware for substation automation and is located at the Joulz head office in Rotterdam. The mayor said: ‘The centre will support Rotterdam in the challenges posed by the energy transition. It will be part of the new energy solutions the world is looking for.’

The mayor opened the centre in the presence of Joulz Director Jan Verheij and Marc van der Linden, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stedin Group, of which Joulz is part. Verheij said: ‘We are very proud to be able to put the spotlight on this centre today. It shows that Joulz is making good progress in assuring a reliable supply of energy. The transition to renewable energy will occur locally as well, and with our equipment we will be closer to our customers to make sure the grid operates efficiently, with fewer faults.’

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Joulz Smart Grid Centre

The Joulz Smart Grid Centre is used to analyse and monitor faults, design smart grids, and offer training courses and presentations. It can also test innovative trial set-ups for substation automation. Joulz has already developed systems for the remote operation, testing and signalling of high-voltage substations as well as remote management of security systems and telecommunications infrastructure. The Joulz Smart Grid Centre will expand this system development to include lower-voltage distributor substations. This will enable more accurate monitoring of the quality of the electricity grid, making it possible to solve grid problems faster and with greater focus.

Published: 20 September 2017

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