Nokia to transform Finland transmission grid

Finland: Telecoms major Nokia has been tasked with upgrading Finland’s transmission grid to allow for greater penetration of renewables.

Fingrid, the country’s transmission system operator, has selected Nokia to build an IP/MPLS network that will be used to support the “digital transformation” of Finland’s electricity grid.

The improvements are necessary for the management of greater quantities of distributed, renewable power sources in Finland’s energy mix.

New grid-level applications will be enabled through the enhanced communications and data transfer, while existing systems such as SCADA and cyber security will also benefit from improved latency.

Nokia will collaborate with channel partner NetNordic to introduce the network, with Fingrid ultimately using it to operate 120 high-voltage substations and 14,600 km of transmission cables.

Kari Suominen, head of ICT at Fingrid, said the TSO was embarking on an “ambitious transformation” of its national grid to make it smarter and more flexible, and ultimately paving the way for renewable energy to realise its potential.

Source: Current