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Smart Energy Newsletter Archives: October 2019

 
Semtech LoRa technology helps energy meter development




IHM Pacific, a New Caledonia-based developer of IoT technologies for smart utility metering, and consultancy Andrea Informatique have collaborated to develop electricity metering based on Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWan protocol.
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Honeywell extends Dewa smart meter contract




The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) has renewed its collaboration with Honeywell to install 250,000 additional smart meters across Dubai, bringing the total number of Honeywell smart meters in the city to one million.
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Three tests LPWA for smart energy use




UK mobile network Three is working with CK Hutchison’s telecoms division to pilot a low power wide area network (LPWAN) for smart energy applications. This is seen as the first step in a nationwide network roll out that will support mass deployment of IoT devices.
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Ericsson combines IoT and solar energy for smart transport




Ericsson has teamed up with Solar Team Eindhoven to harness the power of IoT and solar energy for more sustainable transport.
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Hydro-Québec Hilo brings smart to energy management




Canadian utility Hydro-Québec is launching Hilo, a brand of personalised products and services that aim to make it easier for consumers to manage their energy use more efficiently and more intelligently.
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Geo combines smart meter and heating control




UK firm Geo has launched a combined smart meter and heating controller so householders can have visibility into their home energy use while taking control of their heating and hot water.
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VC funding in smart energy sector up 54%




Global venture capital funding for battery storage, smart grid and energy efficiency companies in the first nine months of 2019 was 54% higher at over $2bn compared with $1.3bn raised in the same period last year, according to Mercom Capital Group.
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Sensus smart gas meter detects theft




The Sonix IQ smart gas meter from North Carolina-based Sensus, a Xylem brand, is for residential use and provides precise ultrasonic measurement, integrated communications and smart sensing functions such as theft detection and continuous health checks.
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Siemens pilot tests IoT analytics on power grid




Siemens is building a digital substation to pilot IoT analytics and applications for power grids used by Norwegian distribution system operator Glitre Energi Nett.
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Engie and Microsoft add intelligence to renewable energy

Microsoft is working with French electricity utility Engie on a long-term solar and wind energy power purchase agreement (PPA) in the USA and implementation of Darwin energy software developed by Engie using Microsoft Azure’s intelligent cloud services.
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Semtech and Digimondo offer smart utilities starter pack




California-based Semtech worked with German IoT software company Digimondo to develop an end-to-end smart utilities starter package based on LoRa technology.
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Google buys 250MWac of solar power from Hecate




Google is to buy 250MWac of clean, renewable electricity from Hecate Energy’s new 500MWac solar facilities in Texas. This is part of Google’s plan to make its largest ever purchase of renewable energy, totalling more than $2bn in energy infrastructure produced by solar panels and wind turbines around the world.
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Dominion to invest $594m in Virginia’s energy by 2021




Virginia-based Dominion Energy is planning $594m investment in the state’s energy system by the end of 2021 including the installation of nearly a million smart meters.
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Joint venture to handle smart meter rollout in India

The Indian government’s Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) company has formed a joint venture with the National Investment & Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) to handle smart meter deployments across India.
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El Paso Electric issues RFP for smart infrastructure

Texas utility El Paso Electric has release a request for proposal (RFP) for an advanced metering infrastructure and meter data management system to evaluate the options available to provide a modern, customer-centric grid.
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Nissan and EDF cooperate on smart EV charging




Japanese car maker Nissan and French utility EDF Group are collaborating on smart charging of electric vehicles in Belgium, France, Italy and the UK.
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ComEd turns to Xage for DER blockchain

Chicago-based energy company ComEd is working with Xage Security to demonstrate how blockchain technology can enhance the security and operational efficiency of electric systems as they integrate distributed energy resources (DER), such as solar, storage, energy efficiency and demand management.
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Siemens trains UNB students in smart grid technology




Technology giant Siemens is helping students at Canada’s University of New Brunswick (UNB) train for smart grid and cyber-security jobs when they graduate.
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Xcel and Itron collaborate to secure smart meters

Minneapolis-based utility holding company Xcel Energy has entered an agreement with Itron to secure smart meters to install across its system.
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GridBright expands interconnection services across USA




Grid management company GridBright has expanded the scope of its grid interconnection consulting services, originally focused in California, to cover all regions of the USA. These services help renewable generation, storage, transmission and load developers secure their grid interconnection.
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NMSU receives $5m grant for smart grid research




The National Science Foundation has awarded New Mexico State University a second $5m grant to fund the second phase of its collaborative smart grid research. The grant will help researchers build on the success of the programme over the past five years, which resulted in publication of 150 peer-reviewed papers.
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TEP selects SGS to improve grid-connected systems




Tucson Electric Power (TEP) has selected Smarter Grid Solutions’ ANM Strata software to explore how the Arizona utility can provide more choices and better service to customers who invest in grid-connected electric vehicles, smart appliances, rooftop solar arrays and battery storage systems.
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