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Minister Verhagen appoints experimental DC=DeCent as one of the 9 electricity smart grids in the Netherlands

Aalsmeer, December 5, 2011

Verhagen Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation has appointed nine places in the Netherlands where electricity smart grids will be built. One of these places is Haarlemmermeer, at PrimAviera, where Direct Current BV will develop and implement a medium-voltage and low voltage DC network.

The minister has awarded Direct Current BV a financial grant for this pilot project named DC=DeCent (decentralized energy network horticulture).

The network will be constructed in the greenhouse area along the A4 in the Haarlemmermeer. The test area is a developement by direct current BV. Direct Current BV does so in direct collaboration with Joulz, Siemens, Stallingsbedrijf Glastuinbouw, Kema, and the Direct Current Foundation. Read the Press Release DC=Decent

Decentralized DC Smart Grid

In the sustainable horticulture area PrimAviera near Schiphol (Haarlemmermeer) a DC smart grid will be built by using large-scale solar panels and a thermal power cogeneration plant (CHP). This leads to energy savings and facilitates exchanges of electricity towards the horticulture and the charging stations for electric vehicles. The project realizes a local private DC smart grid in new greenhouse area, where the demand of end users and the supply of renewable energy can be met in a flexible way and integrated in the process without any use of converters. The DC smart grid has a flexible linking and balance function.