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Smart Energy Newsletter Archives: November, 2014






 

Grenoble plant to produce two million smart meters a year
CGis to open a facility in Grenoble to produce, test and calibrate more than two million ZIV smart meters per year. This should cover the demand for Linky meters in France, and thereby provide local support to electricity distributor ERDF. The company recently won an order from ERDF to participate in the supply of three million Linky smart meters, in the first phase of its 35 million unit rollout plan for 2021.
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Elster builds on smart meter programme with water utility
South East Water has selected Elster to supply up to 120,000 Ajusta boundary boxes in the UK over the next three years. This follows the utility’s selection of Elster in September 2010 to supply up to 250,000 volumetric water meters with wireless automatic meter reading (AMR) systems to support its metering programme.
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Estonian smart meter roll out reaches half-way point
Energy electricity distributer Elektrilevi is roughly halfway through its roll out of smart meters in Estonia with about 300,00 so far installed. Ericsson has the contract to deploy a smart-metering network and it says consumers are starting to enjoy the benefits.
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Telefonica set to deploy smart energy across mobile phone network
Telefonica is deploying a smart energy system across its radio access networks. The SES system from Evolution Networks is expected to slash Telefonica's base station energy consumption by up to 35%, as well as reduce associated energy costs.
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Wireless M2M range allows monitoring and control for oil and gas wells
A portfolio of monitoring products preconfigured for oil and gas well sites has been introduced by Numerex. AvidWireless is claimed to provide cost-effective, managing for complex, interdependent, multi-device industrial M2M deployments. It fits any size remote well site, from small marginal wells to large multi-location fields.
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Automotive grade capacitors suit smart meters
At Electronica in Munich this month, Kemet introduced automotive grade film capacitors. The F862 metallised polypropylene film class X2 series is for safety applications subject to harsh environmental conditions such as high humidity.
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WellAware, GCI to provide remote monitoring to Alaskan oil companies

WellAware and GCI have unveiled plans to work on improving oilfield communications and remote monitoring for oil and gas operators across the state of Alaska.
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Vietnam receives $500 World Bank loan for smart grid, energy infrastructure

Vietnamese authorities have signed an agreement with the World Bank for a $500 million loan to support the rollout of smart grid technologies and make other improvements to the country’s electricity supplies.
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Opower to provide customer engagement platform for Hong Kong utility

Cloud software company Opower says it has helped utility CLP Power Hong Kong with the rollout of a new customer engagement platform for 2.1 million residential energy customers.
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Silver Spring flags milestone of 20 million connected devices

Smart grid player Silver Spring Networks says it has hit the milestone of providing some 20 million connected devices for smart energy and smart city networks globally.
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Siemens hunting for takeover opportunities in smart grid sector: Bloomberg

Germany’s Siemens is looking to beef up its smart grid business through takeover activity, according to a report from Bloomberg.
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Consumers Energy to boost efficiency with Silver Spring technology

US utility Consumers Energy is to make use of sensor and big data technology from Silver Spring Networks to improve energy efficiency for its 2.9 million customers in the Michigan area.
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Atos wins smart meter contract with Austria’s Salzburg AG

Digital services company Atos has won a smart metering contract in Austria with energy service provide Salzburg AG.
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Infosys rolls out smart grid systems in Fayetteville

Indian IT giant Infosys says it has been supporting authorities in Fayetteville in North Carolina with the introduction of new smart grid technologies.
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Comms player SpeedCast sets up energy division, opens Houston office

Satellite operator SpeedCast has opened a new energy division and Houston office that will sell M2M and other communications services to oil and gas players globally.
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GE turns attention to UK smart metering market

GE is angling for a major slice of the UK’s nascent smart-metering market, claiming that its electricity meters will meet government requirements regarding the installation of advanced metering infrastructure in all residential and commercial properties by the end of 2020.
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Redline to provide digital oilfield in Argentina

Redline Communications has won a $1 million contract to provide a digital oilfield wireless network in Argentina.
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Con Edison uses EV charging smart switches from Landis+Gyr

Con Edison is working with smart grid player Landis+Gyr on the introduction of technology for managing energy usage at plug-in electric vehicle charging stations.
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GE to monitor transformers for Georgia Power

GE is to provide a monitoring service to Georgia Power that will provide the utility with real-time data on the condition of each transformer on its grid.
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Smart lighting player raises $23 million from Nokia, VCs

An intelligent LED lighting company called Digital Lumens has raised $23 million in a round of financing led by Nokia Growth Partner, the investment arm of the Finnish device maker.
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Shift Energy, EllisDon to support energy efficiency at healthcare facilities

IoT player Shift Energy has teamed up with constructions services company EllisDon to develop what they describe as an energy optimization system (EOS) aimed at Canadian and international healthcare facilities.
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Demand response sites to hit one million by 2023: Navigant 

The number of commercial and industrial demand response sites in use is expected to exceed one million by 2023, according to a new study from Navigant Research.
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