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Smart Energy Newsletter Archives: August 2017


ABB prepares Himalayas substations for smart grid vision




ABB will upgrade 20 substations in India’s northern state of Himachal Pradesh in the foothills of the western Himalayas. They will be equipped with the latest control and protection technology to enable future digitalisation.
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Schneider brings IoT to Nigerian oil refinery

French energy management and automation company Schneider Electric is to provide IoT-based process automation at the Dangote Oil Refinery, part of the African business conglomerate Dangote Group.
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Dewa sets example with solar panel installation




The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) has installed 144 photovoltaic solar panels on the roof of its customer service centre in Hatta to encourage building owners to install PV panels on their rooftops and link them to Dewa’s network.
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Case study: Tennessee utility uses Inmarsat to deploy smart metering




An energy company in rural Tennessee has overcome the connectivity challenges it faced when deploying smart metering infrastructure with the help of satellite provider Inmarsat.
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Ameren and S&C test microgrid islanding




St Louis utility Ameren Corporation and Chicago-based smart grid company S&C Electric conducted a successful 24-hour islanding test this month at the recently deployed microgrid in Champaign, Illinois.
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Faraday and Amp create Emergent joint venture to transform electricity market




Systems design company Faraday Grid and Amp, a Canadian developer of flexible clean energy infrastructure, have formed Emergent, a Scottish company that is creating a transactional grid operating platform to change how electricity is produced, distributed, bought and consumed globally.
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Energy start-ups wanted for Australian accelerator programme




Startupbootcamp has launched an accelerator programme targeting energy-based start-ups in Australia.
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Solar energy company seeks to free energy trade and production




Solar energy company Solar Bankers Singapore is launching an initial coin offering in November to fund the development of localised energy communities in which consumers can freely produce and trade electricity.
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Siemens teaches New Mexico students about microgrids

Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico is using government grants and equipment and expertise from Siemens to help students learn about energy management and microgrids.
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EIB lends €1bn to fund smart meter rollout in Italy




The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending €1bn to e-Distribuzione so it can replace digital meters in Italy.
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Schneider helps Ameren integrate energy resources




Ameren’s recently completed utility-scale microgrid in Champaign, Illinois, is using software from Schneider Electric to manage its integration of solar, wind, natural gas generation and battery storage.
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Aclara acquires Philippines electric meter leader




Aclara, a Missouri-based supplier of smart infrastructure to electric, gas and water utilities, has acquired GE's majority equity position in General Electric Philippines Meter & Instrument, the market leader for electric meters in the Philippines.
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Eclipse provides opportunity for smart grid research




The historic eclipse that will cut across the USA on August 21 will give Clemson University researchers and industry collaborators in South Carolina a chance to study what happens when solar panels suddenly quit generating energy.
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Energy companies in IoT skills shortage, finds Inmarsat

If energy companies are to deploy IoT technology to drive innovation, efficiency and increased productivity, they must upskill current employees or embark on recruitment drives, according to Inmarsat.
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Volta and eMotorWorks combine smart EV charging technology




To increase the use of renewable energy and lower costs for its free-to-use, ad-supported electric vehicle charging stations, Volta is to incorporate eMotorWerks' smart-charging technology throughout its US network of stations.
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Siemens puts weight behind energy accelerator Plug & Play

To address the rapid changes in the energy market, Siemens is partnering with Silicon Valley accelerator Plug & Play to identify and work with start-ups that have the potential to innovate in the energy industry.
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Researchers use big data to predict power outages




Researchers at Texas A&M University have developed a model that uses big data to help electricity utilities predict when and where power outages will occur.
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Flutura and JAG partner in oil and gas




Artificial Intelligence start-up Flutura is partnering with oil and gas specialist Jerry Allen Group (JAG) to use Cerebra industrial IoT platform for oil and gas industry.
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AEP Ohio offers energy management to householders




AEP Ohio is deploying a home energy management system from Powerley for its residential customers. The electric utility is leveraging the Michigan company’s end-to-end hardware and software platform to provide a real-time energy management experience.
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CVC sells smart meter business to Hong Kong joint venture

Germany’s CVC Capital Partners is selling its majority stake in smart meter company Ista to Hong Kong company Cheung Kong Property (CKP) for €4.5bn.
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UK Power Networks reveals smart energy vision




Britain’s largest electricity distributor UK Power Networks has announced plans to let every customer have electric cars and smart appliances, and generate, store and sell their own electricity.
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IMC interactive jobs board brings energy to IoT industry

The IoT M2M Council (IMC) has launched an interactive jobs board that provides a targeted resource for online employment connections. The IMC has also released RFP survey results.
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China leads smart meter deployment market, says Navigant

China is still leading the global smart meter market with 68% of tracked installations, according to Navigant Research. But uptake remains limited in Eastern Europe, Latin American, the Middle East and Africa.
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