Kongsberg Digital, BKK Nett, NTE Nett, Statnett, Microsoft, SINTEF, and eSmart Systems are collaborating on the development of information systems for modern grid operations. The project has a total budget of MNOK 70 over 3 years and is partially funded by PILOT-E, a joint funding scheme from the Research Council of Norway, Innovation Norway, and Enova.

"It is very positive to see the good response the announcement from PILOT-E has received from the players. In KogniGrid, there is a strong consortium with several grid companies, strong research communities, and suppliers collaborating on using research to digitalize processes in the grid business. This is the type of implementation model we like to see," said Ane T. Brunvoll, program coordinator of the ENERGIX program at the Research Council of Norway.

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A company that wants to improve its efficiency across the existing systems it is using, is dependent on efficient system integration. The KogniGrid project handles this with KONGSBERG's digital platform Kognifai. The project will establish a common information model with an integrated simulator environment. This will take care of future needs as new load profiles emerge and the proportion of renewable energy increases.

With KogniGrid, the grid companies can automate their processes to a much greater extent than today. Online co-simulations will assist operators and planners in a more dynamic interaction when the complexity of grid operations increases. This interaction will be based on a modern ICT infrastructure, use of artificial intelligence, and advanced physical models. At the same time, a more modern system solution will enable the grid companies to maintain a more comprehensive and complete picture of operating situations and scenarios. Among other things, all of this will contribute to lower grid costs, improved information security, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

"This is essential for further digitalization of NTE Nett," said NTE's grid director Trygve Kvernland.

"In BKK Nett, we consider digital development of the company vital and we have high expectations that this project will contribute greatly to lifting us into the future," said BKK's grid director Wenche Teigland.

"We are proud to contribute to the digitalization of the Norwegian power industry and their subcontractors," said director of Innovation Norway Trøndelag, Vigdis Harsvik. "Kongsberg Digital is a powerful engine for the project and has been joined by many solid partners. This is an important step in the necessary work of digitalizing Norwegian industry."

"We appreciate the trust PILOT-E and key actors in the energy industry have placed in us. The solution we jointly aim for will be crucial in a more dynamic future with more players in the grid and an energy mix with more energy sources," said Hege Skryseth, president of Kongsberg Digital.