GridPoint Announces Release of GridPoint Energy Manager Mobile 2.0
GridPoint, an innovator in comprehensive, data-driven energy management systems (EMS), today announced the release of a new edition to its mobile application, GridPoint Energy Manager Mobile 2.0.
Originally released in 2015, GridPoint Energy Manager Mobile brings the same intuitive and data-rich experience that GridPoint customers enjoy on their computers to iOS and Android phones and tablets. This application enables users to organize sites based on preference, access site details, and connect to real-time, asset-level data for granular visibility and remote troubleshooting. Energy managers and facility managers can use the application as diagnostic tools to triage HVAC or other failures at a site before dispatching a technician, to inform dispatched personnel with specific knowledge to make trips more efficient, and to validate resolutions before a technician leaves the site to reduce return trips.
This latest version, GridPoint Energy Manager Mobile 2.0, adds more on-the-go functionality including a Site Energy Dashboard, actionable summaries and specific asset-level drivers of power consumption and peak power demand within sites, visibility into set points and zone temperatures, and historical data views. For sites with HVAC or lighting controls, the app displays real-time unit performance status and schedule details, and allows new groups of authorized users, from store managers to employees and technicians, to perform, optimize, and track temporary control overrides.
DNV GL adds three experts with deep energy efficiency expertise to its Sustainable Energy Use team
DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has made three key additions to its Sustainable Use business: Craig Williamson, Bob Ramirez, and Marc Collins. Energy use patterns in North America are rapidly changing in response to customer-sited automation technologies, distributed energy resources, and evolving regulatory climates. DNV GL has taken a major step in expanding its longstanding industry leadership in managing these changes by adding expertise in energy efficiency program evaluation, energy data analytics, and energy efficiency planning.
DNV GL helps utility customers harvest value from interval metering data via a range of predictive analytics tools, end-use load decomposition and demand response program support. Craig Williamson strengthens the company’s data analytics capabilities with decades of hands-on work within utilities and as an advisor and instructor, with particular expertise in statistical methods. As energy efficiency programs look for new ways to meet challenging goals with custom, behavioral, and systems approaches, Bob Ramirez brings deep and diverse expertise in building science to the company’s energy efficiency evaluation staff. With the expansion of energy efficiency programs in Canada, Marc Collins provides a broad range of high-level expertise in efficiency program policy, strategic planning, and evaluation in that country.
LG CNS, acquired International Standards Certification for IoT
LG CNS (Young-Seob Kim, Representative) has recently acquired IoT (Internet of Things) International standards certification for ‘oneM2M’ and ‘CoAP protocol’, which is the first in IT services industry.
‘OneM2M’ is the world IoT standards participated by 230 enterprises including companies in the fields of communication, manufacturing, solutions, etc. LG CNS has laid the groundwork to enter the foreign markets as well as domestic market through this certification with IoT products and services
LG CNS has applied oneM2M based IoT platform developed in collaboration with LG U+ to LG U+ Kid Watch ‘Juniver talkie’ Note3) in this past January.
LG CNS has also acquired ‘CoAP(Constrained Application Protocol) protocol’ Certification which is a IoT messaging standards, simultaneously with oneM2M certification.
‘CoAP protocol’ certification also certifies the efficiency of IoT devices enabling the communication among the IoT devices in low power level in consideration of the device characteristics of constant power consumption.
Energimidt and HEF become Eniig
Denmark’s third largest energy company announced its new name. Energimidt and HEF, Himmerlands Electricity Supply must in future be called Eniig. The merged companies’ new common name was presented at a large event for employees and the press in Silkeborg.
Since Energimidt and HEF earlier this year started planning the upcoming merger, it was agreed that the energy company going forward should have a new name. It has been worked intensively during the spring and summer, and Monday, August 15 CEO Martin Romvig revealed the new name for all employees who had gathered in the Jysk Arena in Silkeborg.
– I am both pleased and proud today to announce Eniig as our new corporate name. We are in the process of implementing a merger between two equal parties. We are very similar, both in terms of corporate culture, vision and values. Therefore it has been important for us to create a new, common identity that we can all see ourselves in. For there is a lot that we agree on, says the director.
Read more…(in Danish)
DNV GL’s Technical Assurance Laboratory has been assessed and fully accredited by UKAS and recognised by CESG.
DNV GL’s centre of excellence for smart energy and cyber security testing expertise has achieved UKAS accreditation and CESG recognition. After several months of intense assessment, the newly-opened Technical Assurance Laboratory (DTAL) based in Peterborough has been accredited and recognised to offer Common Criteria and Commercial Product Assurance testing.
Common Criteria (CC) is an international standard that allows products to be evaluated and tested against a range of internationally agreed Protection Profiles. This enables manufacturers to achieve the necessary certifications to sell their products in valuable markets, such as the US Federal Government market, as it demonstrates that their products have been independently tested and assured, providing increased confidence in the vital security performance of those products.
Commercial Product Assurance (CPA) testing is a UK specific scheme where product evaluations are performed against the UK’s published Security Characteristics, such as encryption devices (encrypted removable media, full disk encryption), smart metering, virtualisation and network devices, such as firewalls. Companies far and wide are opting to use certified products to help secure IT architecture to minimise the risk to loss of data or disruption of service. Read more…
Görlitz: Change and save: SaaS for EMT and GWA
In 2017 it begins, in Germany: the rollout of smart metering and smart meter gateways to use the data communication to external operators (EMT). The devices are managed from a Gateway Administrator (GWA). In order to take in this context the legally required level of IT security account all relevant market roles must use a suitably compliant IT infrastructure.
This setup of this usually requires extensive adjustments to the existing systems and processes. Therefore, the use of a software-as-a-Service solution for small and medium-sized municipal utilities can be an efficient and cost-effective alternative to running.
Görlitz provides both the external market participants as well as the gateway administrator to such a possibility.
Read more… (in German)
E.ON combines battery and solar technologies for major customer in the US
E.ON is drawing on know-how from battery and solar technologies to offer a new, large-scale customer solution in the US, where E.ON will install and operate a ten megawatt battery to equalize the feed-in of renewable energy to the transmission network operated by regional energy provider, Tucson Electric Power. The battery will be charged by an associated solar park with a two megawatt capacity. E.ON will construct, own and operate the solar park.
This partnership with Tucson Electric Power is set to run for a period of ten years and is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2017. In the meantime, E.ON, in collaboration with Greensmith Power, a provider of storage solutions, will prepare a technical design and incorporate the battery, named the “Iron Horse”, into the net. The battery will be located at the Science and Technology Park of the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Powel Intraday Trading released
New, web-based solution connected directly to the intraday market has potential to change the way energy companies capitalise on their their intraday trading activities.
Powel Intraday Trading is connected directly to the physical electricity market and can replace many of the processes in existing trading systems. Through an API connection, customers will have real-time read and write access, enabling energy traders to handle all their intraday trading activities directly from one innovative solution.
“The main advantage of using our system is that you will have all the relevant information in the same tool,” explains Henrik Ryman, Business Manager for Portfolio Optimisation, Powel Smart Energy. “You are able to extract all information from your production portfolio and link that to the information from the intraday trading exchange. The end-result is that you are able to increase the speed and efficiency of your intraday trading.”
Powel has had an established connection towards Nordpool since earlier this year and have now finalised the test phase for an API connection to EPEXSPOT. This allows the solution to connect to most European intraday markets, allowing traders to be more efficient on the EPEX intraday market.
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Renewables are often only as useful as the grid they feed
Scotland recently experienced one of its windiest days of the year with gusts reaching over 180 km/h on top of the country’s highest mountains. While they were disruptive to trains, ferries and car traffic, the winds had the capacity to meet the entirety of Scotland’s electricity needs for the day, according to a report in The Guardian.
This is a milestone for the country. The Scottish government describes onshore wind as the country’s most cost-effective low-carbon energy technology.
However weather like this doesn’t happen every day. A recent analysis by the IEA on Next Generation Wind and Solar Power shows that the variable nature of these renewable resources can present serious technical problems for system operators in charge of maintaining a balance between stable electricity supply and demand.
It is a challenge that is only set to grow as governments around the world seek to meet renewable energy targets under climate action plans.
As long as the contribution of wind and solar to the electricity mix doesn’t exceed a few percentage points, their integration into the grid is simple. However, as next generation renewables are deployed, the issue of system and market integration will increasingly become a critical priority for energy policy.
EU-funded project explores technical solutions to bring more renewable energy online
The EU’s electricity grids are still largely designed around the needs of traditional, fossil fuel power stations. But, with a rapidly rising renewable energy supply, EU grids need modern, smart grid solutions to help integrate more variable and geographically-dispersed power sources.
One EU-funded project, GRID4EU, has worked on ways to integrate renewables. It has tested the potential of smart grids for integrating renewable energy, grid automation, energy storage and energy efficiency.
GRID4EU has six testing sites across Europe in Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, the Czech Republic and France.
Zimbabwe’s metering goes smart
In Southern Africa, the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) is well on its way to rolling out a smart metering project in early 2017.
ZETDC, a subsidiary of the national power utility, ZESA, has received 14 tender submissions for the intended smart metering project.
According to local media, ZESA’s spokesperson Fullard Gwasira confirmed the development, which is expected to be effective in Q1 next year.
It is reported that the smart metering tender has been divided into two separate tenders, that being for smart meters and for the platform of the meter data management system.
This Power Grid Startup Just Raised Money From Bill Gates
A startup that makes computing tech that controls power grid electricity has raised millions of dollars from billionaire Bill Gates, Silicon Valley investor Vinod Khosla, and the venture capital arm of conglomerate 3M.
The six-year-old company, called Varentec, develops algorithms and smart grid gear that can help utilities swiftly manage electrons at the edges of the power grid. Utilities can use the digital tech to run the power grid more efficiently and better manage new sources of clean energy like solar and wind.
Gates and Khosla have played key roles in developing computing and Internet technologies. So it’s not so surprising that they’d be interested in backing computing tech for the energy industry.
US Dept of Energy spends $34m on securing the smart grid
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $34 million in funding to projects aimed at securing the smart grid.
In total, 12 projects have been accepted as part of the Obama Administration’s focus on energy-based infrastructure and the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability’s Cybersecurity of Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) program.
The DOE says the projects will aim to enhance the “reliability and resilience” of US smart grids through “innovative, scalable, and cost-effective research.” The main focus, however, is on security — and how to keep core infrastructure and electrical grids as safe as possible from outside intrusion.
In 2015, Ukraine’s power grid was compromised by malware, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power. Over in South Korea, nuclear power plants have become targets for what is likely to be state-sponsored attacks, and Stuxnet — the 2009 worm which caused Iran nuclear facilities to become out of control highlights the danger digital weapons now possess.
Q&A: Why smart grids are the mobile phones of the electricity world
If you want to know how microgrids will transform energy, just look at what cellphones did to communication, says Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour, the professor and engineer who oversees a microgrid at a university on Chicago’s South Side.
The future of power has a parallel in the recent history of telecommunications: a rapid rise of decentralization, access, and capabilities we once could have never imagined.
In 2008, the Illinois Institute of Technology launched what it calls the Perfect Power Initiative, a $18.5 million project aimed at designing and building “the world’s first self-healing and efficient smart microgrid distribution system.” Across nearly ten years, that vision grew into a 9-megawatt network of gas turbines, large-scale batteries, a wind turbine and numerous smart-efficiency technologies – with more on the way.
Prepping power grids for the electric vehicle revolution
The growth of electric vehicles could put a peak demand strain on unprepared power grids, but also offers opportunities to stabilise energy networks and prop up the utility industry as the public becomes more energy-efficient. How much of a concern are electric vehicles for power systems, and what can the industry learn from early adopters like Japan?
As the world continues to face up to the urgent need to act decisively against climate change, the consensus among policymakers – and even senior executives in the auto industry – is increasingly coming to accept that electric vehicles (EVs) are the wave of the future. And evidence continues to mount that although it will be some years before the EV revolution begins in earnest, the momentum of this paradigm shift is now building towards critical mass.
Counting both fully electric cars and plug-in hybrids, there were more than a million EVs on the world’s roads in 2015, according to data from the International Energy Agency (IEA). Highlighting EVs’ role in global decarbonisation efforts, the agency noted that to limit global warming to 2°C, 150 million EVs would need to be on the road by 2030 and a billion by 2050, which would require a compound annual growth rate of more than 20%.
EV integration: a challenge and an opportunity
In one sense, the rise of EVs represents a growing challenge for electric utilities that are trying to balance power supply and demand and operating within some pretty slim margins during peak hours. If hundreds of thousands of vehicles are all plugged in to charge at the same time in the evening, the strain on grid infrastructure could reach breaking point.