The Bornholm Power System: A Full-Scale Laboratory for Smart Grid Research

Activity: Talks and presentationsGuest lectures, external teaching and course activities at other universities


The Bornholm power system is a Danish distribution system with 33% wind power penetration (yearly average). The distribution system has 28,000 customers and a peak load of 55 MW. The Bornholm power system is part of the Nordic interconnected power system and power market, and it has many of the characteristics of a typical Danish distribution system. The system can be operated isolated from the transmission grid. The Bornholm power system, which is linked with the laboratories at Technical University of Denmark (DTU), is used for a wide number of research activities on smart grid technologies. The research activities are driven by the ambitious Danish targets regarding integration of renewable energy (100% renewable energy in 2050). In the presentation the Bornholm power system will be introduced and examples of the research results involving wind power, demand side and new market designs at Bornholm will be provided. Also the new large European project, EcoGrid EU, focusing on large scale smart grid demonstration on Bornholm will be introduced.

CV of Professor Östergaard: Since 2005 Jacob Østergaard has been Professor in Electric Power Engineering and head of Centre of Electric Technology (CET) at Department of Electrical Engineering at Technical University of Denmark. Earlier he has been employed 10 years in industry at Research Institute of Danish Electric Utilities, DEFU. His research focuses on intelligent electric power systems especially new network and control architectures, integration of distributed generation and renewable energy sources and increased flexibility via active demand. He is responsible for leading the center to its present state with 50 staff members and development of the Bornholm power system into an unique experimental platform. He serves in several boards and organizations, including chair of the Danish experimental platform PowerLabDK, chair of the IEEE PES Danish chapter, member of the Advisory Council for the European technology platform SmartGrids and member of the Smart Grid advisory network of the Danish Minister of Energy and Climate.
Period18 Oct 2011
Event titleKolloquium at ETH Zurich
Event typeSeminar
LocationZurich, Switzerland