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Smart Energy Newsletter Archives: March 2015

 



Intel platform could secure new and legacy power grids
Intel Security has announced a technology platform that could secure both legacy and new capabilities within the electric power grid. Called Intel Security Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), it was developed in collaboration with the Department of Energy-funded Discovery Across Texas smart grid project.
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MPs criticise UK government smart meter programme
Plans to install energy saving smart meters in every UK home and business by 2020 are in danger of veering off-track and could prove to be a costly failure because the project has not been driven forward effectively, the Energy & Climate Change Committee has warned.
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Toshiba microcontroller ups accuracy for smart meters
To increase the precision of current and voltage measurements in smart meters, Tokyo-based Toshiba has introduced a microcontroller using the ARM Cortex-M3 core.
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Schneider opens smart grid laboratory in Toronto
The Schneider Electric Smart Grid Laboratory opened this month in Toronto. The facility, Canada's first university-based smart grid laboratory, is available to partners and collaborators seeking to test products or operational strategies, validate grid transformation, conduct research and train employees.
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Converter improves power density for smart meters and grids
To improve power density in smart grid and smart meter applications, Texas Instruments has introduced the industry’s first 65V synchronous step-down converter that provides isolated bias supplies up to 15W without the need for an optocoupler.
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Telekom Austria develops smart meter with LTE connectivity
Telekom Austria is offering Europe’s first smart meter with LTE connectivity to its domestic customers.
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Microchip LoRa modules suit smart meter deployment
The first in a series of LoRa modules from Microchip is suitable for low-data-rate wireless monitoring and control designs for energy measurement in smart electricity, water and gas meters.
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NXP buys Freescale for $11.8bn
NXP Semiconductors is buying Freescale Semiconductor for about US$11.8bn to create what should be the market leader in general purpose microcontroller products. Both companies have made microcontrollers for use in smart meters as well as other semiconductor devices across a range of applications in the M2M and IoT arena.
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Panasonic develops smart energy system for cellular towers and Wifi sites
Panasonic Eco introduced its Green Tower energy system for cellular towers and Wifi hotspots at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
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Arc-fault detection circuitry protects solar plants
Tokyo-basedMitsubishi Electric has developed a DC arc-fault circuit protection technology for solar power plants that detects any DC arc fault, or high-temperature luminous electrical discharge between DC wiring, and isolates the faulty circuit in just 0.25 seconds.
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Norway announces roll-out of 700,000 smart meters
Hafslund Nett, Norway's largest power grid operator, has ordered smart meters for 700,000 customers in Oslo and 33 surrounding municipalities. The roll-out will start during the first half of 2016 and will be completed in 2019.
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DEWA signs MoU to further Smart Dubai initiative
The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Emirates Integrated Telecommunications (Du) to increase cooperation in developing joint smart services as part of the Smart Dubai initiative.
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Italian power plant receives industrial IoT communications upgrade
Enel’s Federico II power plant in Brindisi, Italy, has been equipped with a communications platform that delivers dedicated coverage, using TDD-LTE wireless technology, and integrated communications between personnel, sensors, machines and applications, increasing the quality, efficiency and safety of the plant for the management of mission-critical processes.
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Cenex project aims to transform UK energy usage
Cenex – the UK’s centre of excellence for low carbon technologies – has launched the Ebbs & Flows of Energy Systems (EFES) project, which aims to transform the way the UK uses energy on a daily basis.
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Neudesic launches smart meter analytics
California-based Neudesic has launched a smart meter analytics system to meet the utility industry’s rising infrastructure and business needs resulting from big data collection. This is claimed to be the only Microsoft Azure-based system for smart meters.
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