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Smart Energy Newsletter Archives: December 2015



Nissan and Enel partner on EV smart grid project

At the 21st UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris, Japanese car maker Nissan announced the development of a vehicle-to-grid system that will allow drivers to operate as individual energy hubs with the ability to store, use or return electricity to the grid.
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Nema initiative to focus on IoT

The US National Electrical Manufacturers Association (Nema) is launching a strategic initiative next year focussing on the IoT, senior programme manager Ryan Franks told delegates at this month’s IMC (IoT M2M Council) AGM in London.
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China embarks on smart substation project using ABB technology

The State Grid China Corporation’s (SGCC) next-generation smart substations project will use software and power technology to enable remote control, protection, automation, monitoring and diagnostics for substations, as well as allow a reduction in their operating costs and footprint.
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Ooredoo completes smart meter trial as stepping stone to greenfield smart city

Qatar telecoms provider Ooredoo has completed a successful smart metering trial as part of the plan to create the region’s first large-scale greenfield smart city.
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Korea Telecom demonstrates LTE cat one for smart meters

Korea Telecom has demonstrated smart meter connectivity using ultra-low power LTE connectivity using technology from Israel-based chipset company Altair Semiconductor. At last month’s KT Internet of Small Things event, KT showed how Altair’s FourGee-1160 category one chipset could provide ultra-low power LTE connectivity for three IoT use cases.
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Honeywell and Pearlstone work together on UK smart grid programme

Honeywell and London-based demand response aggregator Pearlstone Energy have teamed up to provide a smart grid programme for commercial and industrial facilities in the UK. The programme aims to reduce energy bills while helping improve country-wide power reliability and meet carbon reduction commitments.
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Ubimax and Etisalat partner on smart glasses for oil and gas field operations

German industrial wearable computing specialist Ubimax is partnering with Middle East telecoms operator Etisalat Group to trial and deploy a next generation of smart glasses for energy exploration environments.
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Water meter IC can last 20 years on single AA battery

An ultrasonic flow meter IC from Austria Microsystems (AMS) provides complete hardware and firmware measurement for cold water meters, and can operate for up to 20 years on the energy available from a single AA lithium battery.
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Water sees fastest smart meter growth as overall installed base heads for one billion

Smart meter rollouts will result in a global installed base of more than 1.1 billion smart meters within the next five years, according to ABI Research. Smart electricity meters will constitute the largest share, occupying more than 72 per cent of the overall installed base of smart meters, but water meters are on track to witness the most overall growth.
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GE and Alstrom form Grid Solutions joint venture

With the completed acquisition of Alstom’s power and grid businesses, GE Digital Energy and Alstom Grid have combined to form Grid Solutions, a GE and Alstom joint venture.
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Ericsson and AGA exploit IoT to develop approaches for gas industry

Swedish telecoms firm Ericsson and Swedish-German gas provider AGA Linde are teaming up to explore ways of providing smarter, digital services to customers. According to Ericsson, the collaboration is in its early stages but has already yielded a number of innovative ideas.
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ADB lends Pakistan $1.4bn to roll out smart meters

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved combined loan assistance of nearly $1.4bn for two programmes that will help Pakistan roll out an AMI advanced electricity metering infrastructure.
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Six USA-Israel energy projects receive $5.1m

Six joint Israel-USA energy projects will receive $5.1m funding under the 2015 Binational Industrial Research & Development (Bird) energy programme. The selected projects address energy challenges and opportunities of interest to both countries, while focusing on commercialising clean energy technologies.
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Duquesne Light and the University of Pittsburgh partner on energy technology

Duquesne Light and the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering have formed a partnership to help redefine the future of the energy landscape in the region.
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Scottish partnership sees OMG DDS in SGS active network management portfolio

Smarter Grid Solutions is deploying fellow Scottish company PrismTech’s Vortex OpenSplice in its active network management product to deliver more efficient power distribution.OpenSplice is an implementation of the Object Management Group's data distribution service (DDS) for real-time systems.
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US DoE funds development of solar connection prototype

Texas-based Concurrent Design has received a one-year, $1m cooperative award from the US Department of Energy SunShot initiative to develop a prototype of Energy Switch, a home energy device that manages the flow of electricity between a home, the home’s solar panels, an on-site battery, back-up generation and the electric grid.
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