IBM pursues smart grid developments in Korea

Sao Paulo, June 30, 2011 IBM is collaborating with Korea Electric Power Co. on the building of the total operations center at the Jeju Smart Grid Test-Bed Demonstration Complex.

The center will allow the 160 companies and 11 consortia members operating at the Jeju Complex to collect and manage information on all international markets, and monitor smart grid systems and data exchange.

The center is an addition to Korea's Jeju Smart Grid Test-Bed project, a smart grid community established for smart grid research and testing. As part of the project development, KEPCO has leveraged the International Electrotechnical Commission Common Infrastructure Model (IEC CIM), a management model that can be utilized by energy and utility companies worldwide during smart grid transformations.

IBM provided consulting services and software to develop an integrated energy management system for the center. As part of the collaboration, IBM helped design guidelines for IEC CIM, creating an open standard for information exchange and management across the demonstration complex. This international information standards model is the most commonly used management model by energy and utilities organizations worldwide.

The center will integrate Rational Software Architect, an offering within the IBM Solution Architecture for Energy and Utilities framework, to create a service-oriented architecture for the Jeju Test-Bed.

In using this solution, KEPCO can implement a standards-based system that incorporates existing applications, data services and hardware from participating members of the project. This will help build a flexible test-bed that enables data management and reporting for all of the systems and processes being tested.

Since joining the GIUNC in February 2011, KEPCO has been working alongside other Coalition members to further the adoption of smarter energy grids around the world. The Jeju Smart Grid Demonstration Test-Bed project builds upon the Korean Government's Smart Grid Strategy which focuses on greater energy security, sustained economic growth, and reduced environmental impact, by bringing together smart technologies across the areas of generation, power grid, electrical service, buildings and transportation.

Through the Total Operations Center, KEPCO will continue developing international energy service models such as dynamic pricing. Additionally, the 160 Korean companies and 11 consortia members of the KEPCO demonstration project can now leverage verified message and international standards guidelines and apply their results using this secure infrastructure.

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