Large IT investment for Greenbird ecosystem partner KMD: contract to contribute to intelligent expansion of the electricity grid

Data is the foundation for an intelligent expansion and utilization of the electricity grid. Therefore, KMD will now deliver a new IT system on a contract in excess of a hundred million (DKK), which Cerius-Radius’ joint operating company Nexel will use to handle the huge amount of detailed data from modern electricity meters, which helps to create an ultra-modern platform for balancing the electricity grid and anticipating peak loads.

In the future, more electric cars, heat pumps, solar parks, and wind farms will both increase the electricity consumption and electricity production, and thus, the number of electricity meters. These modern meters provide access to large amounts of data on consumption and production, which can be used to optimize and expand the electricity grid.

The customers of the Eastern Danish grid companies Cerius and Radius have a total of more than 1.4 million electricity meters, and their data is thus an important prerequisite for balancing consumption and production from, among other things, renewable energy.

Cerius and Radius own, operate, and develop the electricity grid on Zealand, Lolland Falster, and the islands. Their joint operating company Nexel will operate the new system for handling meter data. The solution will upgrade the grid companies’ insight into consumption, which means, among other things, that Cerius and Radius can optimize investments in substations and new cables in the electricity grid. The new system also contributes to securing the critical infrastructure against hacking and cybercrime in a time of global uncertainty.

“The electricity grid requires billions in investments to support the accelerating electrification in society and to contribute to the green transition. It also makes great demands on the underlying IT, and through this agreement with KMD, we ensure a strong foundation for the future with a modern foundation of data and a uniform platform across both Cerius and Radius,” says Anders Vikkelsø, CEO of Nexel, and continues:

“We look forward to working with KMD, which has a long history of strong solutions in the energy market. The agreement means that we can safely focus on developing, optimizing, and expanding the electricity grid with a strong partner behind us,” says Anders Vikkelsø.

Vice President of Energy Solutions in KMD Anders Bonnerup is looking forward to the cooperation:

“We are very much looking forward to working with Cerius-Radius and Nexel. The agreement is an example of how we at KMD can help support the development in the energy and utility sector through intelligent use of data. Like us, Cerius-Radius and Nexel are very ambitious when it comes to the development of the electricity grid of the future. We are therefore looking forward to delivering a pressure-tested IT solution with a focus on security, green transition, and scalability, which are three key attributes for the electricity grid of the future in both Denmark and the rest of the world,” he says.

Green ambitions in the energy sector are inseparably linked to the use of data

The electricity companies must therefore invest even more in the use of data, which is and will remain the major competitive parameter for Cerius and Radius in the future.

In three years, KMD has achieved a central role in the electricity market for digital meters. KMD will deliver a new IT-system, which Cerius-Radius’ joint operating company Nexel will use to handle the huge amount of detailed data from modern electricity meters, which helps to create an ultra-modern platform for balancing the electricity grid and anticipating peak loads.

Our solutions enable a more flexible electricity grid and a smarter use of power, which can help reduce the risk of overload and increase the consumption of power during periods when electricity is cheapest and greenest.

In order to realize the full potential of working with data in the energy sector, KMD is collaborating closely with Greenbird Integration Technology (now GE Vernova), the creators of Utilihive, a state-of-the-art big data integration platform that simplifies and streamlines data provisioning within complex energy ecosystems.

By integrating Utilihive into projects, it is possible to achieve enhanced visibility, real-time insights, and improved decision-making capabilities from smart electricity meters across the grid.

"Utilihive's proven data integration capabilities align perfectly with our product strategy of delivering solutions that can handle and process large amounts of data, comply with very high levels of security needed within the electricity network, and offer the flexibility of a modern platform to handle today’s needs and future requirements," said Anders Bonnerup, Vice President of Energy Solutions at KMD.

Thorsten Heller, Greenbird’s CEO (now part of GE Vernova) and one of Utilihive's co-creators shared his enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, "This partnership exemplifies the power of technology in the energy sector. Utilihive's ability to seamlessly integrate data from diverse sources will enable energy companies to unlock the full potential of their smart grid initiative, ultimately benefiting consumers and the environment alike."

About the solution

  • The Meter Data Management solution can, among other things, handle and process much larger amounts of data from the individual meters, e.g., 15-minute readings of private meters
  • The solution upgrades the IT and information security associated with the electricity network’s data to a very high level
  • The system makes it possible to handle newer and much more advanced electricity meters, which many private individuals will have installed in the coming years
  • The solution is more flexible, intuitive, and can be adapted to the different employee groups compared to the previous system, which will provide more efficiency and increase employee satisfaction
  • The new Meter Data Management system makes it possible for the grid companies to meet future requirements from Energinet in terms of delivering data to the Data Hub

About Utilihive

Utilihive is a cloud-native big data integration platform, purpose-built for the digital data-driven utility, offered as a managed service (iPaaS). With a modern technical infrastructure and preconfigured integration content in the platform, you can accelerate innovation and simplify operations. Learn more about Greenbird and Utilihive . See live demonstrations at Enlit Europe.

About KMD

KMD is one of the largest Danish IT companies and develops and provides software and service solutions for the municipal, state and business segments in Denmark as well as selected segments in Scandinavia. The KMD Group has subsidiaries in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Poland. KMD has over 1,500 Danish and international customers from the public and private sectors, of which approximately 800 Are Danish and foreign companies. The KMD Group has an annual turnover of around DKK 4.8 billion and more than 3,000 employees. KMD is a subsidiary of NEC Corporation, a global leader in integration of IT and networking technologies. Read more on