The U.S. Ambassador Mark Gitenstein and the U.S. Commercial Service in Romania attended the inauguration of the very first private Smart Grid project in Romania on Thursday, June 7, 2012.
“Smart Grids” use IT and telecommunications technologies to optimize the use of existing power infrastructure and to monitor and manage energy supply and demand. Smart grids help utility operators to balance differences in power generation across the electricity grid, including renewable energy generation such as wind and solar. Smart grids provide operators with real time system information that enables them to manage generation, demand and power quality, thus increasing system flexibility and maintaining stability and balance.
The Brasov-based holding company ICCO selected the American firm Lockheed-Martin to implement its intelligent micro grid solutions in its industrial park in Ghimbav, Brasov. Lockheed Martin solutions provides an efficient, reliable and secure energy system that integrates existing power generation assets with new or existing renewable power sources and manages energy demands, whether connected or independent of a utility power grid. This power system will support mandates to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and increase the use of renewable energy, while reducing energy costs.
The project worth $12 million will integrate photovoltaic panels provided by the U.S. suppliers
Tenksolar and Helios as well as wind turbines supplied by Windstream Technologies.
“We are pleased to see the very first results of our efforts to promote U.S. smart grid technologies on the Romanian market. Romania is a leader in renewable energy resources but the success of their development has been hampered by the limitations of the power grid to take in the capacity. This project demonstrates the potential of a smarter grid and the business case for distributed renewable energy,” said Keith Kirkham, Commercial Counselor of the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest.
In February 2012, Commercial Specialist Maria Nitoiu led a delegation of Romanian government officials and private companies, including ICCO, to the United States to see best practices in Smart Grid. Kirkham added “The project launched today is very first result of that mission.”
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Maria Cristina Nitoiu
U.S. Commercial Service Bucharest
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