S&T AG extends technology portfolio of “Smart Energy” business area
Anti-trust authorities approve taking stake in the California-based Networked Energy Services Inc.
S&T has made another significant move to expand its smart energy business area. The company purchased the Grid Modernization division of the USA’s Echelon Corporation. This business has now been transferred to Networked Energy Services Corporation, (www.networkedenergy.com), which was founded for this purpose.
Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES) was formerly the “Grid Modernization Division” of Echelon Corporation. The new company maintains its primary R&D facility in Silicon Valley (CA) with an additional application and software innovation center in Fargo (ND). NES is now one of the world’s leading smart energy companies. The company develops and produces OSGP-based (“Open Smart Grid Protocol) hardware and software solutions for intelligent power grids. Millions of these products have been installed and are operating successfully at market leading utilities around the world. Customers include Vattenfall, EON, Fortum, Duke Energy and many other notable industry players.
NES’ business focus is the development and sale of its NES system, which includes utility data center software, field distributed application nodes and OSGP compliant devices used for advanced metering, control and grid data collection. NES sells its products through worldwide Value Added Resellers (VARs) which includes market leaders like LG CNS, Mitsubishi and Schneider Electric. The company is the world’s leader in the field of transforming conventional power grids into intelligently-operating “smart” ones. These smart grids feature the transmission of data – enabled by intelligent power grid components – between energy suppliers and consumers. These increase the efficiency of networks, and give rise to new services and models for the calculation of invoices based on supply and demand. Such grids will also expedite the expansion of sustainable energy-based grids and enable consumers to become active participants in energy conservation.
The purchase of NES was approved by the responsible anti-trust authorities. The closing took place on September 30, 2014. S&T holds a 40% stake in the new company, with the rest of the equity belonging to a financial investor. This latter holding is to be sold to strategic investors based in Asia and in the Middle East. The requisite preliminary contracts have already been drawn up.
S&T AG (www.snt.at, ISIN AT0000A0E9W5, WKN A0X9EJ, SANT) is listed on the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The company has some 2,100 employees. It operates in 20 countries. S&T is one of the three largest suppliers of IT systems in Austria and in Eastern Europe. S&T’s prime assets include the breadth of the products – many proprietorially developed – comprising its portfolio. These products are used in the smart energy, cloud, security and mobile IT sectors. The portfolio is distributed throughout Central and Eastern Europe. S&T launched its “smart energy” business area in 2014. This area now comprises NES (www.networkedenergy.com), the Austria-based Ubitronix GmbH (www.ubitronix.at) and the Group subsidiary RTSoft (www.rtsoft.ru/en). These companies provide S&T with an unsurpassed portfolio of smart energy technologies. This portfolio enables S&T to offer comprehensive, end-to-end solutions in this area.
LG CNS Enters the Smart Grid Market in Europe
- LG CNS signs US $ 45 million AMI contract with Polish utility, Tauron. –
- Implement AMI system based on OSGP technology and head-end systems for 330,000 households in Wroclaw, Poland
- Won the contract based on experience in various energy businesses, including microgrid solutions, smart grid distribution and construction of solar power plants.
- Secured a foothold in Poland’s US $1 billion AMI market and Europe’s future energy management market.
LG CNS successfully entered the European smart grid market after their success with the transit card system in Europe.
LG CNS has won an Advanced Metering Infrastructure(AMI) contract from Tauron Dystrybucja S., the electric power company servicing southwestern Poland, to provide 330,000 smart meters.
This is the largest scale business among Korean companies who had smart grid contracts with Poland.
LG CNS formed a consortium with three local companies, Eltel Networks from Denmark, Eltel Networks Olsztyn and WorldIT Systems from Poland, to win this contract valued at US $45 million(Net Sales). This consortium went through two phases of bidding, in fierce competition with world-class companies in Europe and Asia, to win the contract.
LG CNS will start working on the project in September 2014 to implement the AMI system for 330,000 households in Wroclaw and its neighboring areas in southwestern Poland. Also, the company will build a head-end system that analyzes the data collected from the AMI system until April 2017. The AMI is essential to implementing a smart grid, which adjusts the price of electricity according to supply and demand. The AMI consists of smart meters that provide information about electricity usage to the head-end system in real time.
APATOR SA: Annex to the contract of design and supply of electricity meters
Acting based on art. 56 para. 5 of the act of public offering, Executive Board of Apator SA announces that on 17th September 2014 Apator S.A. and WorldIT Systems Spółka z o.o. („WorldIT”) signed annex to the contract of design and supply of electricity metres pursuant to OSGP technology in accordance with the requirements of UZZ/107/PO/2013 – “Smart City Wrocław” project dated 30th May 2014.(„Contract”).
S&T AG won it largest order in company history
S&T provides smart grid technology for $ 20 million
The new The S&T AG division “Smart Energy” was able to sign the biggest order in the history of the company. As a subcontractor the S&T Group will provide approximately 330.000 smart meters and correspondence technology, as well as the required operating management software to a consortium who received the order, end of September, for the implementation of the first major European Smart Metering project in the Polish city of Wroclaw. The value of the order for S&T is approximately $ 20 million, the first delivery is scheduled in the first quarter of 2015.
S&T as technology supplier will deliver 330.000 Smart Meters and its technology, as well as the for the operation necessary of “Head-End” -Hard- and software system, to a Korean-Polish consortium, who was awarded by the largest Polish energy provider to rollout the smart meters infrastructure in the city of Wrocław (Breslau). For S&T the order is worth approximately USD 20 million. In the fourth quarter of 2014 supplies will take place for testing, the rollout will start in the first quarter of 2015 and bring revenues of approximately $ 3 million per quarter.
The “Smart City Wrocław” project, Wrocław is a Polish city with 630.000 inhabitants, is one of the largest “Advanced Metering Infrastructure” (AMI) projects amongst the numerous planned projects in Europe. Besides the possibility of active metering of consumption, future network reliability is a key project goal. In addition, end users can take advantage of extensive query and notification features on an online platform, such as exceeding a self-selected consumption-day limit.
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Echelon completes sale of its Grid Division
Echelon Corporation, the open-interoperable control networking pioneer for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), announced the completion of the sale of its grid operations to S&T AG, a publicly traded European IT systems provider with an existing focus on smart energy products and services. The transaction closed on September 30, 2014, with cash proceeds from the sale of approximately $4.9 million. After fees, expenses and restructuring charges are considered, Echelon expects the net benefit to be nominal.
The Smart Grid Modernization business has now been transferred to Networked Energy Services Corporation, (see www.networkedenergy.com), a US-based affiliate of S&T founded for this purpose. The new company maintains its primary R&D facility in Silicon Valley (CA) with an additional application and software innovation center in Fargo (ND). With the addition of approximately 60 former Echelon employees who will run the NES grid business, S&T is significantly expanding its Smart Energy Business while staying committed to supporting important grid industry standards and groups including the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP). S&T also will add its product portfolio to the Grid Modernization VAR program.
“This transaction represents a significant step in our long-term strategy focus on the Industrial Internet of Things market, while improving our operating results as we position our technology to capitalize on this emerging opportunity,” said Ron Sege, chairman and CEO of Echelon.
Duke Energy Indiana proposes plan to modernize its statewide electric grid
Duke Energy Indiana is filing a plan today with Indiana state utility regulators to modernize its aging electric grid that delivers power to more than 800,000 Hoosier homes, businesses and industries.
The seven-year, $1.9 billion plan uses a combination of advanced technology and infrastructure upgrades to improve service to its customers and provide them with better information about their energy use.
“Today we still deliver power much like we did a century ago, but there’s technology now that can help utilities reduce power outages. With advanced systems, we can pinpoint problems faster and get the lights on sooner while providing customers with better information,” said Duke Energy Indiana President Doug Esamann.
If the plan is approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), customers will see a gradual rate increase averaging about 1 percent per year between 2016 and 2022.
Energimidt starts with energy renovation in the City of Skive
Energimidt and Energy City commitee collaborate in a new project to help citizens in saving energy. About 40% of our energy is used in homes, in which much is used for heating. Therefore, the renovation of private dwellings is an important part of the overall goal in Skive municipality Climate and Energy Strategy. Many citizens have already reduced their energy consumption a lot by switching to renewable energy sources and better insulation. Now is the time to inspire more people to do the same.
“The new project is a welcome initiative to boost energy savings. We have gladly followed the development of Fur, where Energimidt started some years ago promoting a better energy economy for the citizens. We are therefore very pleased that we have managed to create a partnership between Energimidt and Energy City commitee to spread the good experience from Fur to Salling and the rest of the municipality of Skive, “said Mayor Peter Christian Kirkegaard. Read more… (in Danish)
E.ON electricity network extends contract with ONE Nordic Meter reading in Sweden
E.ON Electricity Network has extended its contract with ONE Nordic AB for measurement collection services. ONE Nordic has been mandated by E.ON to collect readings from 400.000 powerline electricity and heat meters around the country. This applies from meters in households to the larges gauges in the industry. The assignment also includes field services, meaning ONE Nordic keeps the measurement infrastructure alive – it can be anything from maintaining metrology equipment to install new ones.
“ONE Nordic could extend the contract with relatively short notice, from our site it shows that they have a good and stable product and a project organization that is flexible, fast turnarounds, competent and experienced. We are pleased ONE Nordic is open to continue the collaboration. ONE Nordic is an important partner for us, now and in the future, “says Bengt Tore Sondh, representatives of E.ON Networks Sweden AB
“The deal is important for ONE Nordic – it shows both our expertise in metrology and the strength of our product FINISHED MEASUREMENT *. The deal is strategically important in ONE Nordic AB’s drive to become a major player in the metrological services in the market, “says Jan Bardell, CEO of ONE Nordic Group.
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Eltel and Caruna have signed a major contract on power distribution works
Eltel and Caruna have signed a frame agreement on improving the operational reliability of power distribution network in the southwestern parts of Finland. The improvements on the medium and low voltage networks are carried out during the next three years. Value of the contract is EUR 40 million.
The frame agreement consists of several separate network improvement projects. Many of the overhead power lines will be replaced with underground cables. In addition to cabling existing poles will be changed, more automation will be added, hundreds of transformer stations will be installed. The agreement is based on turnkey principle meaning that Eltel takes the responsibility from project planning to execution.
“The agreement is a good example how the infrastructure markets are changing. Our works are more and more larger cabling projects. The agreement is also a great proof of Caruna’s trust in Eltel’s competences in project management and underground cabling, and it is very important for us”, says Juha Luusua, managing director of Eltel in Finland and President of Eltel Power distribution business.
GÖRLITZ – Netz Burgenland Strom GmbH opts for IDSpecto
The Austrian distribution system operator Netz Burgenland GmbH starts into the Smart Metering future with the Smart Meter Data Management System IDSpecto from GÖRLITZ. The solution displays the new central system in the IT architecture of the grid operator and will manage a total of 250,000 meters on the long run.
The performant service range of the SmartMDM IDSpecto was decisive for the Austrian grid operator. The new central system will act as a data hub for the existing business and technical applications. Due to the modular concept of IDSpecto, its functionality could be flexibly adapted to the needs of Netz Burgenland Strom GmbH. In the project, which is scheduled over a five-year period, a platform will be created to permit optimally automated data communication and integrated processes.
The complete solution is responsible for the processing of all customer-facing consumption data as well as for the monitoring and recording of the operations of the entire smart metering system. This spans from the communication of devices installed in customer systems to the processes of the SmartMDM in the computing centre of the grid operator. The support of SAP AMI processes ensures the highly efficient procedure of business processes from the meter to the back end systems. At the same time, the efficient operation of the system can be mastered by minimum effort for the incident management. Netz Burgenland Strom GmbH customers will also benefit from the new features. They can easily request their energy data via web portal at any time.
Lackmann wins first major pilot project with Smart Meter Gateway
In the project with one of Germany’s largest utilities provides Lackmann Smart Meter Gateway and provides the system for Gateway Administration ready. The aim of the pilot is to evaluate the operational capability of the Smart Meter Gateway in view of the upcoming rollout. In this case, all system elements such as counters, gateways, and various software components are tested in practice.
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E.ON power-to-gas pilot unit in Falkenhagen
E.ON’s power-to-gas (P2G) pilot unit in Falkenhagen in eastern Germany has delivered a positive performance in its first year of operation, injecting more than two million kilowatt-hours of hydrogen into the gas transmission system.
“Falkenhagen has given us valuable experience that will help us refine all aspects of power-to-gas technology, from conducting the regulatory approvals process to building and operating P2G units and marketing their hydrogen output. After just one year we can already say that P2G has significant potential. We even see near-term opportunities for commercial applications in areas like mobility,” E.ON Deutschland CEO Ingo Luge said.
The Falkenhagen unit uses renewable-source electricity to power electrolysis equipment that transforms water into hydrogen, which is injected into the natural gas transmission system. With a capacity of two megawatts, it can produce 360 cubic meters of hydrogen per hour. This stored energy becomes part of the natural gas supply and can be used for space heating, industrial applications, in areas like mobility, and power generation. E.ON delivers some of Falkenhagen’s hydrogen output its project partner, Swissgas AG, and makes some available to its residential customers through a product called “E.ON WindGas.”
Fortum to continue its research investments in wave power technology development by acquiring a stake in Wello Oy
Fortum has acquired a minority share of 13.6 per cent in the Finnish wave energy developer Wello Oy. The Penguin wave energy converter solution, developed by Wello, is based on a floating vessel that captures the kinetic energy of waves and converts it into electrical power with a generator. The advantage of the floating vessel is reduced need for massive anchoring.
In Fortum’s view, we are moving towards a solar economy where energy production is based on renewable energy sources and resources are used more efficiently than today. As an emissions-free energy production form, wave power can play an important role in such a future, and that’s why it is also one of Fortum’s research and development focus areas.
“We want to be in the vanguard of the development, so participating in the development of various wave power technologies is important,” says Heli Antila, Fortum’s Chief Technology Officer. ”The operating principle of Wello’s
technology and how it combines new innovations with existing technologies is especially interesting.”
Open Smart Grid Platform winner Dutch ICT Environment Award
Alliander and CGI have won the ICT Environment Award 2014 with the Open Smart Grid Platform, as announced during the evening of the Digital Economy. The ICT Environmental Award is an annual award of the ICT Environmental Foundation for the most innovative, environmentally sustainable and appealing ICT product. CGI developed the Open Smart Grid Platform commissioned by Alliander.
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Meet OSGP and its members at the following events
- 03-05 September 2014; World Smart Energy Week 2014 in Osaka, Japan
- 04 Sep. 2014; Evening with the Stars of Energy efficiency in Washington DC, USA
- 11-12 Sep. 2014; Deutscher Energiekongress, München, Germany
- 16-18 Sep. 2014; International Power Industry Fair, Bielsko-Biala, Poland
- 18 Sep. 2014; Smart Communications & Technology Forum, Warsaw, Poland
- 18-19 Sep. 2014; Annual China Smart Grid Forum 2014 in Shanghai, China
- 22-23 Sep. 2014; Telecoms for Smart Grids in London, UK
- 22-24 Sep. 2014; Cigré – Innovation and the Evolving Grid in Toronto, Canada
- 23-24 Sep. 2014; German “Metering Days” in Fulda, Germany
- 24-25 Sep. 2014; 3rd Renewable Power Generation Conference in Naples, Italy
- 29-30 Sep. 2014; Industrial Control Cyber Security Energy Europe, London, UK
- 30 Sep.-01 Oct. 2014; Fachmesse Gas und Wasser, Karlsruhe, Germany
- 01-03 Oct. 2014; 2014 Smart Grid Canada conference in Montreal, Canada
- 06-07 Oct. 2014; Industrial Control Cyber Security Energy USA, Sacremento, CA, USA
- 08 Oct. 2014; European Energy – Securing Europe’s energy future in Brussels, Belgium
- 14-15 Oct. 2014; Demand Response World Forum 2014 in Cosa Mesa California, USA
- 14-17 Oct. 2014; WADE Annual meeting and Conference in New York, USA
- 15-16 Oct.2014; 2nd Annual Conference IEC 61850 Europe in Prague, Czech Republic
- 22-24 Oct. 2014; Metering China Water& Gas in Chonqing, China
- 27 Oct. 2014; The 2nd Annual Internet of Things Global Summit in Washington-DC, USA
- 27-28 Oct 2014; Smart Grids Madrid, Spain
- 28-30 Oct. 2014; Power Nigeria in Laos, Nigeria
- 04-06 Nov. 2014: European Utility Week, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 12-14 Nov. 2014; IEEE XXXIV in Panama-city, Panama
- 18-19 Nov. 2014; WAPIC – West African Power Industry Convention in Lagos, Nigeria
- 18-19 Nov. 2014; Green City The Smart Metropolis Hub in Marne-La Valée, France
- 18-20 Nov. 2014; Australian Utility Market in Melbourne, Australia
- 26-28 Nov. 2014; Power Southeast Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia
- 26 Jan. 2015; AHR Expo in Chicago, Il, USA
- 29-30 Jan. 2015; 6th annual Smart Energy UK & Europe 2015
- 16-18 Feb. 2015; Smart Energy Summit – Engaging the Customer, in Austin,Texas, USA
- 25-27 Feb. 2015; World Smart Energy Week 2015 in Tokyo, Japan
- 11-13 March 2015; South-East European conference& exhibition in Sofia, Bulgaria
- 24-25 March 2015; Power Electricity World Africa inJohannesburg, South Africa
- 29-30 April 2015; 3rd ICSG 2015 Congres in Istanbul, Turkey
- 05-07 May 2015; Lightfair International 2014 in New York, NY, USA
- 05-08 May 2015; Power & Electricity World Asia in Singapore
IEA: Interactive timelines combine policies and energy data
New IEA web tool displays 22 years of key statistics on clean energy actions in more than 100 countries. What happened to CO2 emissions in Poland after the country adopted a national target in 2009, or to electricity usage by industry in Brazil following the adoption in 1991 of its National Energy Conservation Programme? Find out in just a few clicks using dynamic timeline charts now available on the IEA website.
The IEA Policies and Measures Databases (PAMS), which use information sourced directly from governments to track the development of clean energy policies globally, now includes an interactive visualisation feature. Put simply, the web tool shows users how specific benchmarks evolved as clean energy laws, regulations and other policy tools went into effect in more than 100 countries.
USDA Announces $23 Million for Smart Grid Improvements
Funding helps bring Smart Grid technology to the nation’s rural electric infrastructure. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is investing more than $518 million in rural electric cooperatives to improve the delivery of electric power to communities in 15 states. This funding is part of nearly $50 billion that USDA has invested in infrastructure improvements since 2009.
“We must invest in America’s infrastructure to promote sustainable economic development in our rural and urban communities,” Vilsack said during a White House summit on infrastructure financing. “Enhancements to the nation’s electric grid make a huge difference for communities across the country and support President Obama’s efforts to build a stronger rural economy.”
More than $23 million in today’s funding is targeted for smart grid improvements, which better manage and increase efficiencies in our nation’s electric system. Smart grid technologies, such as automated meter reading and load management automation, allow for more efficient control over the use of power to better meet customers’ needs. USDA has a long history, dating back to 1935, of working with rural utilities to deliver infrastructure and service improvements. Through the years, these investments have brought new economic and social opportunities and have enhanced the quality of life in the nation’s rural communities.
DECC – Energy consumption in the UK (2014)
This factsheet provides a brief overview of the trends and some key drivers that have influenced energy consumption in the UK since 1970. Analysis is based on data from DECC’s annual publication ‘Energy consumption in the UK’ published on Thursday 31 July 2014: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/energy-consumption-in-the-uk.
This factsheet looks at the change in energy consumption in the UK by the following sections:
- Overall energy consumption in primary terms between 1970 and 2013.
- Overall final energy consumption between 1970 and 2013.
- Factors affecting overall energy consumption between 1970 and 2012.
This factsheet also contains publication plans for each table and a summary of related DECC publications in the Annex.
Total final consumption of UK energy products can be divided into four sectors – transport, domestic, industrial and services sector – where consumption from the transport sector represents 36 per cent of consumption in 2013, the domestic sector 29 per cent, the industrial sector 16 per cent and the services sector 14 per cent; the remaining 5 per cent was used for non-energy purposes. There are four additional factsheets that examine trends and drivers in each of these sectors in more detail.)
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ACER: Regulators’ Bridge to 2025 energy proposals should guide the new Commission’s energy priorities
Energy regulators today presented their “Bridge to 2025” Conclusions Paper to high level European Commission officials and stakeholders in Brussels. The regulators’ Bridge to 2025 recommendations are based on a holistic analysis of Europe’s energy sector and are particularly timely as the new Commission sets its EU energy priorities.
The “Bridge to 2025” Conclusions Paper, which is the result of extensive public consultation, identifies the trends foreseen in the ten-year period to 2025 and recommends a set of actions for regulators, Member States, the European Commission and energy actors (including consumers).
ENTSOE: Transparency: 60% of South-East Europe Energy Market Data Published
Transparency, that is making fundamental data available to market participants, is essential in order to complete the internal energy market and increase Europe’s wholesale markets efficiency, liquidity and competitiveness.
TSOs from South-East Europe have, in cooperation with ENTSO-E, analysed the level of transparency of electricity markets within their region. A report with the results of their assessment has just been released.
The report goes beyond this assessment and proposes a series of solutions to improve the transparency of South-East Europe electricity markets; one of them being the linkage with ENTSO-E Transparency Platform.
U.S. Energy Department Announces $8 Million to Improve Resiliency of the Grid
In support of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s commitment to improve national power grid resiliency, today the Energy Department announced more than $8 million for microgrid projects to help cities and towns better prepare for extreme weather events and other potential electricity disruptions. This investment – which includes seven awardees in Alaska, California, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Tennessee and Washington – supports the development of advanced technologies, allowing communities across the country to become more resilient and adaptive.
“Building in grid resiliency has gained greater urgency in recent years, as demonstrated by the economic and personal losses from electricity outages due to severe weather,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “Keeping the power on during extreme weather events and other electric grid disruptions is essential, particularly so that critical facilities such as hospitals and water treatment plants can continue operating.”
IEA: Chinese power companies adapt quickly to challenges of emissions trading
IEA helps organise project with power companies across China to simulate a national system.
China’s 12th Five Year Plan (2011-2015) includes a call to “gradually develop a carbon trading market”. In preparation, five cities and two provinces were directed to develop and implement pilot emission trading schemes (ETS).
To help influence the design of China’s national ETS and supplement the learning process that started with the pilot projects, the International Energy Agency joined with the China Electricity Council, the China Beijing Environment Exchange and the Environmental Defense Fund to develop and run a simulated ETS for the Chinese power sector.