The aim of the project is to provide intelligent control of power generation and consumption, starting in the Rotterdam district of Merwe-Vierhavens, in order to even out consumption peaks, avoid grid overloads and save energy and distribution costs. Another goal of the smart grid project is to encourage investment in more renewable energy sources and energy storage systems as well as to make new business models possible. The decentralized energy management system DEMS serves as a platform for the smart electricity grid in Rotterdam to balance the fluctuations of generation and loads and to compensate power peaks in the grid.
The smart grid also offers companies and households that generate power themselves attractive conditions for marketing surplus electricity, thus turning customers into "prosumers" instead of mere consumers. In this way the Rotterdam smart grid is also expected to stimulate the local economy and smooth the way for innovations and new business possibilities. The mix of large and small port-related companies as well as private homes in Rotterdam will provide a suitable test environment for the smart grid pilot project.
After successful completion of the test phase, the partners are planning to extend the smart grid to other districts and later also to the surrounding region outside Rotterdam with a million additional connections. Working with locally generated power from photovoltaic plants and wind turbines, the Smart Electricity Grid Rotterdam will make it possible to have an optimized energy balance by 2050. It is also hoped that this will create a possible solution for also providing other regions of the Netherlands with electrical power in the future.