Smart Grids and micro grids

Smart grids and Micro grids

Private electrical networks can incorporate smart technologies to improve the efficiency of the grid. Stewart Dawson, Managing Director of Vattenfall Network Solutions explains how smart grids can enable the journey to fossil freedom.

What are the differences between Smart grids and Micro grids?


Smart grids are electricity supply networks that use digital monitoring, communication and automation devices to detect and react to changes in usage. Smart grids are able to re-route power when there is a fault to enable faster restoration of energy supplies.

Micro grids are electricity networks which incorporate generation sources, as well as loads, that are normally connected to the main grid. Micro grids can also operate in “island mode” if required, when they are disconnected from the main grid.

Micro grids and Smart grids provide multiple benefits including increased energy efficiency, more reliable and lower cost power.

Vattenfall specialise in the design and operation of modern, future-proofed energy grids, incorporating the latest climate-smart technologies, that help lead the transition to fossil-free living.

What does a Micro grid look like?