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Smart Energy Newsletter Archives: May 2018

 
Lockheed Martin stores energy for ComEd microgrid




Lockheed Martin is to supply GridStar lithium energy storage to ComEd, Illinois' largest electric utility. The 2MWh system will be integrated into ComEd's Bronzeville community microgrid project in Chicago.
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Itron to deploy and manage smart meters for Mississippi Power

Itron is to deploy and manage nearly 200,000 smart meters for Mississippi Power. The utility will use the Washington firm’s standards-based network and software-as-a-service to improve operational efficiencies and increase grid reliability.
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Gemalto provides security for smart energy




Gemalto has introduced end-to-end security to protect the smart energy ecosystem. Deployed by smart meter makers and distribution operators, it provides seamless connectivity, secure digital identities and security lifecycle management for the life of smart meters.
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Centrica tests blockchain for buying and selling energy




UK utility Centrica and New York-based blockchain firm LO3 Energy have announced a trial to explore how blockchain technology could change the way consumers buy and sell energy.
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Kepco picks Arm to drive smart metering




Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco), South Korea’s largest utility, has selected Arm to lead the transformation of its metering systems. Arm will provide IoT software and device management, hardware IP, and consulting services to drive smart utility use cases for Kepco.
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Coalition petitions Seattle against smart meters

The non-profit Coalition Against Smart Meters & 5G has sent a petition to Seattle urging that Seattle terminates its smart meter programme. The coalition is also urging Seattle to remove wifi from schools.
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Next Kraftwerke building virtual power plant for Ecotricity




UK green energy company Ecotricity has formed a partnership with German virtual power plant firm Next Kraftwerke to create and operate a smart grid.
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AEP to invest $17bn in energy technologies




American Electric Power (AEP) is investing more than $17bn in its core regulated businesses to improve service to customers and advance new energy technologies, according to Nicholas Akins, AEP chief executive officer.
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Huawei and Telefónica demo smart meters at Munich Airport




At last week’s Hannover Messe, Huawei, Telefónica and IoT provider Q-loud jointly launched a smart meter proof of concept based on NB-IoT for Munich Airport.
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Schneider medium-voltage switchgear is smart grid ready




Schneider Electric has introduced a range of medium-voltage switchgear that is smart grid ready. The Premset modular vacuum switchgear is said to represent a technological breakthrough opening the way to more reliability, safety and ease of use.
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New York consortium helps Puerto Rico modernise grid

The New York State Smart Grid Consortium is to help Puerto Rico’s long-term grid planning efforts following the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and ProsumerGrid.
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Ohio researchers use smart sensors to predict power outages




Since the natural breakdown of overhead power lines and underground cables is frequently discovered only after power has been lost, researchers at the University of Akron in Ohio are taking field-proven detection technology that can reliably predict, detect and prevent problems with electrical equipment.
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Solar Bankers uses blockchain to develop off-grid networks

Singapore renewable energy company Solar Bankers plans to use blockchain technology to develop off-grid electricity networks with the aim of helping developing countries expand rural electrification.
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Greeneum creates blockchain secure energy platform




Greeneum has created a blockchain-powered sustainable, scalable and secure energy and data trading platform, which the Israeli company believes is the first major step towards ending a global reliance on toxic and non-renewable energy sources including fossil fuels.
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VC funding for smart grid firms up 79%




Smart grid, battery storage and energy efficiency companies raised $472m in venture capital (VC) funding in the first quarter of 2018, according to clean energy communications and consulting firm Mercom Capital.
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IMC journal covers IoT law and public policy

The International Journal of IoT Law & Public Policy, a journal that will cover how governments around the world are regulating and incentivising the nascent IoT technology sector, began publication last month.
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