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Smart Energy Newsletter Archives: January 2015

British Gas to double data pulled from smart meters

British Gas hopes to pull over twice as much data from its smart meters following a pilot scheme at more than a million households. The UK utility has now signed a US$750,000 three-year deal with Wandisco, which makes it the Californian company’s largest big data deal to date.
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Digi radio cuts through noise for oil and gas platforms

For industries with remote assets such as oil and gas exploration and production, utilities and precision agriculture, the Digi XLR Pro is claimed to be the first unlicensed 900MHz radio to transmit more than 160km even in noisy RF environments.
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Semtech buys EnVerv to increase smart grid offering

California-based Semtech, a supplier of analogue and mixed-signal semiconductors, has completed the acquisition of the assets of EnVerv, a privately-held supplier of powerline communications (PLC) and smart grid systems targeted at advanced metering infrastructure, home energy management systems and IoT applications.
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Massachusetts households enter two-year smart meter trial

Nearly 15,000 households in Worcester, Massachusetts, will get the chance to try smart meters in a two-year pilot programme by National Grid.
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ABB wins $28m order to balance UAE power project

Power and automation technology group ABB has won an order worth around US$28m to supply an electrical balance-of-plant system for a new independent water and power producer project in the United Arab Emirates.
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Dolphin puts smart meter measurement subsystem into single IC

The potential for a complete measurement subsystem for a single-phase power meter to be placed into a single IC has been developed by French company Dolphin Integration.
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Wellington, New Zealand, challenges citizens to develop smart energy projects

For the second year running, Wellington City Council in New Zealand has launched a Smart Energy Challenge in partnership with recruitment specialist Enspiral to develop and fund a variety of community-driven projects that make better use of energy.
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Accenture acquires Structure to expand smart grid offerings
Consulting and services company Accenture plans to expand its smart grid operations following the acquisition of Structure, a provider of consulting, system integration and customised services to energy and utilities clients.
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Toyota frees up patents to boost fuel cell use
As part of efforts to popularise fuel cell vehicles (FCVs), Japanese car maker Toyota is to allow royalty-free use of approximately 5680 of the FCV-related patent licences, including pending applications, it holds globally on an unconsolidated basis.
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Energy harvesting demo at CES powers sub-1GHz and 2.4GHz communications
Batteryless devices for powering sub-1GHz and 2.4GHz radio communications were being demonstrated by energy harvesting company EnOcean at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
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SEFA grant to help smart meter production in Ethiopia
The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) has approved a US$842,000 grant to DVentus Technologies to help establish a local manufacturing facility of smart meters in Ethiopia.
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UK consumers sceptical about smart meter benefits, claims survey
With smart metering due to be rolled out across the UK in 2015, a study by software testing company SQS reveals that UK consumers are unaware of how this technology will help them, believing the real beneficiaries will be energy suppliers themselves.
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ZBB powers 350 condominiums in Honolulu
Milwaukee-based ZBB Energy is to provide energy to more than 350 condominiums in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Power Plus picks NXP to meet German smart metering security rules
German broadband powerline communications provider Power Plus Communications has picked NXP’s security module for its communications gateways in critical grid infrastructure applications.
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Combining communications in one chip keeps energy consumption down
To tackle the difficulties of providing wireless communications in internet of things devices while keeping energy consumption low, chip-maker Atmel has introduced a system-on-chip (SoC) that combines Wifi and Bluetooth Smart technologies in one 4.1 by 4.1mm chip scale package.
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