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Smart Energy Newsletter Archives: January 2018

 

E.On turns to IBM and Corinex for broadband over powerline

Energy giant E.On is to use broadband over powerline as the key communications technology for its smart metering infrastructure in the low voltage part of the grid. It will use technology from Corinex and IBM.
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Siemens makes UK university smart energy demonstrator




Keele University in the UK has appointed engineering giant Siemens to turn its campus into the largest single, integrated electricity, gas and heat smart energy network demonstrator.
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China Telecom and Huawei report on 5G slicing for smart grid

China Telecom, China’s State Grid, and Huawei have jointly released a report looking at 5G network slicing for enabling smart grids. This details results of a 5G network slicing project, a national initiative.
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Schneider extends grid management suite at DistribuTech

Schneider Electric unveiled at last week’s DistribuTech in Texas the latest version of its EcoStruxure ADMS grid management suite. Additions let electric utilities achieve reliable grid flexibility through optimisation of distributed energy resources and improved asset management with an automated geographic information system workflow.
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Audi pilot forms intelligent energy network




Audi is running a pilot project with households in the Ingolstadt area and the Zurich region combining various sizes of photovoltaic systems with stationary storage batteries. The goal is to see vehicle, home and power supply combined to form an intelligent energy network.
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Intel and Crystal Group server helps utilities manage power infrastructure




Intel has partnered Crystal Group, DC Systems and VM Ware to produce a rugged server that can help utilities monitor, manage and modernise critical power infrastructures.
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Alfen to manage EV charging in The Hague




The Hague has commissioned Dutch company Alfen to perform the management and maintenance of its charging point infrastructure for electric vehicles. The order involves more than 500 Alfen Twin public charging points.
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Swiss researchers use building’s energy data to improve smart grid




Researchers at the Swiss École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne have developed a system that can be installed in a building to collect data on people’s energy usage. The aim is then to send these data directly to a smart electric grid that will allocate resources optimally.
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Fortum and Allego plan pan-European charging network




Fortum Charge & Drive and Allego are starting a pan European project of an interoperable charging network in metropolitan areas and along highways, based on high power charging architecture and smart e-charging hubs. 
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Pacific Power rolling out half a million smart meters




Pacific Power is replacing 590,000 traditional electric meters in Oregon homes and businesses with digital smart meters. The installations will roll out region by region throughout 2018 and into the autumn of 2019.
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Estonia to pilot blockchain on smart grid

A pilot project aims to test large-scale tokenisation of energy data on the blockchain in Estonia. The project will be a real-world test using anonymised data to simulate and demonstrate what the future of energy trading using blockchain technology might look in Europe.
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Sandia Labs develops control system to smooth grid oscillations




Sandia National Laboratories and Montana Tech University have demonstrated a control system that smoothes oscillations using smart grid technology. The system lets utilities push more electricity through transmission lines, leading to lower costs and greater stability for the grid.
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Schneider tackles energy distribution in multiple-occupancy buildings

French energy management and automation company Schneider Electric has launched a 54-product distribution range for multi-occupancy buildings.
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Canada issues $100m call for smart grid proposals

The Canadian government is putting up $100m to fund smart grid expansion to help fight climate change, create clean jobs and ensure safer power delivery.
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HPE, PTC and Wind River back IMC RFP programme




Three of the biggest software vendors in IoT – Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE), PTC and Intel subsidiary Wind River – have agreed to join the IoT M2M Council's (IMC) fledgling template RFP programme for IoT software platforms, presented last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
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Dewa approves budget increase for energy projects




The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) has approved a total budget of AED26.417bn for 2018, up from AED24.358bn in 2017, to invest in conventional and non-conventional energy sources, advanced technologies and innovative projects.
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Watchdog investigates UK smart meter roll out

The UK’s National Audit Office (NAO) is to assess whether the government is on track to achieve its target of rolling our smart meters to all homes and small businesses by 2020.
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Smart grids could save smart city citizens $14bn a year

Smart grids linked to smart cities will save citizens $14bn a year in energy bills by 2022, according to data from Juniper Research.
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Hubbell to buy Aclara for $1.1bn

Hubbell is to acquire smart metering company Aclara Technologies, an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, for approximately $1.1bn.
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Sunverge tries to keep grid active during Japanese earthquakes




California-based Sunverge Energy has deployed dozens of energy storage units at geographically dispersed locations in Japan in a project that it hopes will keep power flowing during earthquakes.
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Singtel and EDMI partner on smart metering infrastructure

Singapore telco Singtel and local smart metering provider EDMI are collaborating to develop a smart electric metering infrastructure for Singapore.
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Greenlots to deploy EV charging stations across USA




Greenlots has been selected to deploy fuelling stations in eight cities across the USA as part of Electrify America's $2bn investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
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SoCalGas and UCI design advanced energy for California community




Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) will partner with the University of California-Irvine's advanced power and energy programme to design an advanced energy community in an under-served neighbourhood in Huntington Beach.
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Dutch football stadium combines EV charging and energy storage




A combination of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and energy storage will allow visitors to a Dutch football stadium to charge their electric vehicles with power from renewable resources.
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Canadian university receives $4.3m to advance smart grid expertise




Thanks to an investment of more than $4.3m from the government of Canada and Emera, the University of New Brunswick is building on existing smart grid expertise to develop technology for renewable energy.
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Move to 5G promises dramatic impact on grids

The move to 5G communications technology could have a dramatic impact on grid networking options, according to Navigant Research.
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