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Smart Energy Newsletter Archives: June 2015

 

Schneider smart meter tackles cybersecurity threats

An intelligent meter for US-based electrical utilities has been introduced by Schneider Electric. The PowerLogic Ion 8650 v4.20 socket meter has upgrades targeted at reducing cybersecurity threats.
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Five renewable energy partnerships to receive $6.5m NREL funding

The US Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has announced five partnerships that will award up to $6.5m in federal funds to technical teams throughout the country.
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US grant helps Turkish utility start smart grid trial

Turkish electrical utility company Kayseri ve Civarı Elektrik Türk AÅž (KcetaÅŸ) has been awarded a grant by the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to investigate a smart grid project.
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Korean-based LSIS enters smart grid agreement with US firm SAI

LSIS plans to enter the US power market through a partnership with a local producer of power distribution panels. The Korean company signed an MoU for cooperation with Switchboard Apparatus (SAI) to cooperate in Korea’s smart grid technology such as advanced metering infrastructure for the US smart grid market.
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North Carolina researchers develop energy scheduling technique to advance smart grid concept

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique for scheduling energy in electric grids that moves away from centralised management by tapping into the distributed computing power of energy devices.
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EMotorWerks and WattTime help EV drivers use cleaner energy

EMotorWerks, a California-based manufacturer of intelligent and connected smart grid charging products for electric vehicles (EVs), has produced a smart EV charging station capable of automatically reducing the carbon footprint of EV charging through environmentally smart timing algorithms.
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Arbor embedded PC provides control in oil and gas industries

For use in harsh environments such as those in the oil and gas industries or within a modern factory, an extended temperature range box PC has been introduced by Taiwanese firm Arbor Technology, a provider of embedded computers.
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Utilities could benefit from microgrids, says Navigant report

Rather than viewing microgrids as a threat, a small but growing number of utilities view the microgrid they may own and operate – a utility distribution microgrid (UDM) – as the next logical extension of their efforts to deploy smart grid technology, according to a report from Navigant Research.
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ABB broadband mesh router gives utilities communications options

Swiss company ABB introduced an outdoor broadband mesh router, designed to meet the communications networking requirements of utilities in Europe, at this week’s Cired conference in Lyon, France.
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Researchers plan one small step for renewable energy

A plan for a global research programme aimed at driving down the costs of renewable energy – the Global Apollo Programme – would be an internationally coordinated scheme of research and development focusing on electricity storage technology, smart grids and renewables.
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Modem chip from Maxim supports all three powerline communications standards

A modem that supports all narrowband powerline communications (PLC) utility standards has been introduced by California company Maxim Integrated. The power PLC modem gives designers of electrical utility meters the flexibility to accommodate the G3-PLC, Prime and P1901.2 standards in the Cenelec A, ARIB and FCC frequency bands with a single chip.
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Northern Indian smart grid project targets 1500 consumers

The Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board  is starting a smart grid pilot project at the Kala Amb industrial area of Himachal Pradesh in northern India, serving more than 1500 consumers. French company Alstom has been selected to lead the project.
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Schneider Electric helps Nova Scotia Power manage outages

Nova Scotia Power has completed the implementation of an advanced distribution management system and an outage management system that will allow the utility to locate faults more accurately and quickly manage customer outage incidents.
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South Dakota researchers develop smart grids to keep data centres working

Strategic use of locally produced, renewable energy through smart microgrids can reduce power costs and help prevent outages, according to assistant professors Wei Sun and Reinaldo Tonkoski from South Dakota State University.
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Malaysia smart meter roll-out due to start early next year

Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), the largest electricity utility in Malaysia with a customer base of 8.5 million, is conducting a pilot study on smart meters in the country and is expected to start a nationwide roll-out early next year.
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India oil and gas firm first to deploy RAD gateway unveiled this week at Cired

Israeli company RAD unveiled a ruggedised, secure-by-design gateway for distribution automation and smart grid backhaul applications at this week’s Cired exhibition in Lyon, France. The system is already being deployed by Cairn Energy in India.
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Manufacturing plant hopes to keep the lights on in Florida

Chicago-based S&C Electric has opened a manufacturing facilityin West Palm Beach, Florida, to turn out thousands of smart grid devices aimed at improving service for Florida Power & Light's (FPL) 4.8 million customers.
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Honeywell deploys India’s first automated demand response project

Honeywell and Tata Power Delhi Distribution (TPDDL) have successfully implemented the first ever automated demand response (ADR) project for commercial and industrial facilities in India.
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IBM helps Woodside Australian oil and gas firm manage data

Australia’s largest independent oil and gas company is using IBM Watson to enhance decision making and increase efficiencies. Woodside will train the cognitive computing system so users can findevidence-weighted insights from large volumes of unstructured and historical data contained in project reports in seconds.
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Retail energy suppliers must drive new technology, says Constellation chief

With dramatic changes taking place in energy markets, retail energy suppliers must drive new technology and innovation to develop new lines of business that can better meet evolving customer needs, according to Joseph Nigro, CEO of Baltimore-based Constellation, in his keynote address at last month’s Retail Energy Executive Forum in South Carolina.
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Allegro chip helps detect tampering in smart meters

To help detect magnetic tampering in smart meters, the A1266 from Allegro MicroSystems is a three-dimensional sensor IC incorporating a combination of vertical and traditional planar Hall-effect sensor ICs that can detect a magnetic field of either polarity in any direction.
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Norway consortium plans two-year roll out of 150,000 smart meters

Norwegian Smart Strøm Nordvest, a consortium of ten power utilities in Møre and Romsdal, is to roll out 150,000 smart electricity meters over two years starting in 2016.
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$17.2m funding helps Bit Stew expand into oil and gas industries

Canadian start-up Bit Stew Systems has raised an additional US$17.2m series B funding to let it push its software-defined industrial internet operations into the oil and gas and distributed energy industries.
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Ontario to roll out intelligent electric vehicle charging

An intelligent electric vehicle charging system (IEVCS) is being rolled out to help build Ontario’s clean energy future.
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USDA provides $100m loans to make rural smart grid improvements in four states

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to provide more than $100m in loans to build or improve 1600km of electric transmission and distribution lines for rural electric cooperative utilities in four states.
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