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Smart Energy Newsletter Archives: April 2015

 

Ericsson, Telefónica and E.On demonstrate LTE for smart meters
Swedish company Ericsson, Telefónica Germany and the E.On Research Center at RWTH Aachen University have demonstrated the feasibility of using LTE networks in smart meters for the energy sector.
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Honeywell dashboard protects refineries and power plants from cyber attacks
Texas-based Honeywell Process Solutions has introduced a digital dashboard to monitor, measure and manage cyber security risk for control systems for refineries, power plants and other automated production sites throughout the world.
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Pilot show potential for smart grids to generate €3.5bn for Netherlands
Implementing smart energy grids in the consumer market could generate between €1bn and €3.5bn for the Netherlands. This has been revealed by a study carried out in PowerMatching City, the first pilot project in the world to implement a smart energy grid in practice.
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IoT adoption by oil and gas industries could be crucial to survival, believes Cisco
IoT adoption by oil and gas industries could fuel a GDP increase of up to 0.8%, or $816bn, over ten years, according to a study by Cisco.
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Smart grid sector sees jump in venture capital funding, says Mercom
Venture capital funding in the smart grid sector in the first quarter of 2015 came in at $185m in 15 deals, compared with $59m in 13 deals in the final quarter of 2014, according to Mercom Capital Group.
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Xerafy RFID tag aids pipe identification for oil and gas companies
Hong Kong-based Xerafy has introduced what it claims is the world’s first ultra-high frequency (UHF), Atex-certified RFID tag for downhole pipe identification in the oil and gas industry.
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ComEd installs one millionth smart meter
Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), a unit of Chicago-based Exelon, has installed its one millionth smart meter in its service territory.
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German-Japanese collaboration focuses on energy research
The Centre for Solar Energy & Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) in Germany and Japan's Gifu University have joined forces to collaborate closely in energy research.
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Smart grids can do for Europe what shale gas has done for USA, says EU official
Smart grids balancing intermittent solar and wind energy with flexible power demand could do for Europe what shale gas has done for the USA, according to a senior European Union official.
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Platform manages oil and gas real-time and historical sensor data
California companies Mtelligence and MapR Technologies have jointly announced a big data platform called Mtell Reservoir that combines the MapR Distribution including Hadoop, Mtell Previse Software and Open TSDB (time-series database) software technology.
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Wireless M-Bus platform to simplify European smart meter development
A complete Wireless M-Bus platform has been introduced to simplify the development of wirelessly connected smart meters for electricity, gas, water and heat resources in the European market.
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Autogrid updates energy data platform to give utilities better information
Autogrid Systems has launched the third version of its EDP energy data platform, which provides utilities with a dynamic, real-time portrait of their power systems and connected assets.
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Greensmith adds modules to energy storage software platform
Greensmith, a provider of grid-scale energy storage software and integration systems, has added two applications to its GEMS4 software technology platform. The StorageModel and StorageView applications provide simulation and visualisation capabilities to energy storage developers and owners.
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Smart solar energy storage system suits connected home environment
An 8.6kWh lithium-ion energy storage system for solar energy storage and smart home connectivity is available from California-based JuiceBox Energy.
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Distribution management systems to hit $3.3bn by 2024
Advanced distribution management systems (ADMSs) are expected to exceed $3.3bn in annual revenue by 2024, according to Navigant Research.
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Enel to invest €18bn in green power and smart grids
Italy's biggest utility Enel is banking on emerging markets, green energy and digital power grids to boost profits and dividends over the next five years, after joining rivals by cleaning up its finances with write-downs on ailing plants.
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Paraguay automates substations with World Bank finance
The national electric utility in Paraguay – Administraction Nacional de Energía (Ande) – is rolling out ten substation automation systems in a project financed by the World Bank as part of US$1000m funding.
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Cloud devices monitor solar power and enterprise power consumption
Taiwan-based Billion Electric has launched two intelligent cloud devices to monitor solar power generation and enterprise power consumption.
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Research centre to modernise New York electricity grid
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Suny Polytechnic Institute have signed an agreement to create a facility devoted to energy technology innovation and the rapid deployment of smart-grid technology to modernise New York’s electric grid.
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Two M2M antennas provide connectivity on oil platforms
For industrial settings such as oil refineries, two M2M antennas from Laird suit IoT applications where equipment needs to remain constantly connected regardless of the surrounding conditions.
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Diagnostic centre to leverage smart grid technology in Florida
Florida Power & Light (FPL) has launched a high-tech power delivery diagnostic centre, which is designed to leverage smart grid technology to manage the electric system and deliver a reliable service that it hopes will rank among the best in the nation.
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Institute of Directors joins attack on UK smart meter programme
The UK smart meter programme is a disaster waiting to happen, according to the Institute of Directors (IoD), which is calling for the scheme to be “halted, altered or scrapped” to avoid an “unjustified, over-engineered and expensive mistake”.
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TransData sees off another General Electric smart meter patent challenge
Dallas-based TransData has seen off another smart meter patent challenge by General Electric.
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Upgraded data management software improves data storage architecture
Swiss company Landis & Gyr has released version 3.5 of its Gridstream meter data management system (MDMS), which includes a revised data storage architecture, improved performance of on-demand commands and a better user interface.
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Smart grid sensor market to increase tenfold by 2021, says IHS
The smart grid sensor market is roughly doubling in size every two years and revenues are expected to increase tenfold from 2014 to 2021, according to a report from IHS Technology.
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