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Smart Energy Newsletter Archives: March 2018

 
 
Schneider and REC Solar leverage IoT for microgrid

French energy company Schneider Electric is working with REC Solar to build a microgrid at its Foxboro, Massachusetts, facility using industrial IoT technology. The microgrid will be funded by Schneider's microgrid-as-a-service business model.
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Microsoft invests in Virginia solar power




Microsoft has bought 315MW of energy from the Pleinmont I and II solar projects in Virginia. This represents the single largest corporate purchase of solar energy ever in the USA.
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E.On to optimise manufacturing with AI




German energy group E.On is partnering Silicon Valley AI start-up Sight Machine to provide AI applications to manufacturing firms. E.On believes that AI can be used in parallel to increase efficiency in manufacturing and reduce energy costs throughout an industrial site.
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Consortium to develop vehicle-to-grid control platform




A consortium including electronics design consultancy ByteSnap Design, Aston University, Nortech Management and Grid Edge have been awarded a two-year collaborative project to develop a communications and control platform for vehicle-to-grid and building systems.
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Itron and Utilidata help utilities modernise grids

Rhode Island-based software company Utilidata is partnering energy company Itron to deliver technology that will help electric utilities modernise the electric grid, improve efficiency and deliver cost savings.
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UPS deploys smart grid to charge EVs in London




Logistics company UPS has led a consortium deploying smart-grid charging technology in London that overcomes the challenge of simultaneously recharging an entire fleet of electric vehicles (EVs) without the need for the expensive upgrade to the power supply grid.
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Infineon makes modules suitable for smart grids




German electronics company Infineon Technologies has optimised its high-power intelligent power module to make it more suitable for energy storage and smart grids.
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Airscope deploys Intel drone to map oil and gas facilities




Intel drone mapping technology is helping manage oil and gas facilities more efficiently.
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Microsoft enters first clean energy deal in Asia




An agreement with Sunseap Group marks Microsoft's first clean energy deal in Asia and will create the single-largest solar energy portfolio in Singapore to date.
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KDDI takes Sierra Wireless modules for LPG smart meter company

Japanese teleco KDDI has selected Sierra Wireless AirPrime HL78 cellular modules for LTE-M IoT applications. KDDI will be the world’s first MNO to provide its customers with these modules operating on its LTE-M network, beginning in mid-2018 with an LP gas smart meter company in Japan.
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EMotorWerks expands smart EV charging into Europe




Following its recent acquisition by Enel, California-based IoT electric vehicle (EV) charging provider eMotorWerks is expanding into Europe with the release of its JuiceBox Pro 32 EV charging station. The company has set up its European headquarters in Berlin, and offices in London and Paris.
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IoT to transform electricity sector in Andhra Pradesh

The state of Andhra Pradesh in India aims to bring transformational change in the electricity sector in the country through demand side management and IoT technologies.
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Energy firms turn to IoT to reduce environmental impact

Energy businesses are increasingly looking to leverage IoT technologies to manage and reduce the impact of their operations on the environment, according to a study by mobile satellite company Inmarsat, which found that monitoring environmental changes is the biggest driver of the technology in the energy sector.
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Freewave connects Fairfield Oil & Gas through AWS

Colorado-based M2M and IIoT firm Freewave Technologies is using the Amazon Web Services (AWS) technology partner programme to being connectivity to Fairfield Oil & Gas.
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Wind River backs IMC RFP template programme, and…




The decision by the IoT M2M Council (IMC) to launch an RFP template programme could be just what the industry needs, according to Tom Gibbings (pictured), market development manager at Intel-subsidiary Wind River.
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…Teleena joins IMC, Arrow reveals logic behind joining




Dutch IoT and mobility enabler Teleena has joined the IoT M2M Council trade association to expand its reach among enterprises. And Amir Sherman (pictured) from Arrow Electronics revealed at last week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg some of the thinking behind its decision to join the IMC late last year.
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ComEd Chicago microgrid cluster approved
The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) has approved plans to construct one of the first utility-scale microgrid clusters in the United States in the Bronzeville neighbourhood on the South Side of Chicago
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Oklahoma Smart Grid reduces network demand



A seven year smart-grid programme in Oklahoma has helped reduce demand through automating control devices using digital technology, OGE Energy and Accenture have announced
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Landis+Gyr Smart Grid in North America



Swiss smart metering and energy software firm Landis+Gyr has reported that it has won 46 contracts for smart grid technology and services in North America.
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Alfen Smart Energy system for Belgian Grid Eandis



Netherlands based energy tech firm Alfen has begun installation of a smart energy storage system for Belgian grid operator Eandis. The installation, at Eandis' logistical centre in Lokeren, will be used to optimise self-consumption of rooftop solar energy generation.
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Solo Energy launch Virtual Power Plant
Energy-storage-as-a-Service utility Solo Energy has launched a cloud platform FlexiGrid to provide centrally controllable Virtual Power Plant (VPP) functionality. FlexiGrid interconnects with and manages its distributed energy storage devices through Asavie's IoT Connect.
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Tantalus launches Smart Grid analytics platform
Nashville based smart grid company Tantalus Systems has launched a digital user and analytics platform, TUNet Insight. The software platform is designed to provide utilities better management of distribution networks by collecting and analysing detailed data from distributed assets.
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UK consortium to develop V2G technologies
A new £5.6 million project aims to advance electric vehicle charging infrastructure on UK roads with the development of Vehicle-2-Grid (V2G) technologies. The project is funded by Innovate UK and will be led by A.T. Kearney and include Honda UK, and WMG at the University of Warwick
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