OSGP Alliance organises a Pre-Conference at EUW-2015 in Vienna
It has become almost a tradition; In the framework of European Utility Week OSGP Alliance will organise a seminar to present in depth OSGP with its latest updates.
Date: Monday, November the 2nd
Starting time: 14:00 hours
Place: Vienna fairground – Guidance via the EUW registration desk
Registration: Via the osgp.org website
Via the registration on the EUW 2015 website
Title of the seminar:
OSGP the Open Smart Grid Protocol – a flexible solution to reach interoperability between Systems and parties connected to the Energy Infrastructure”
OSGP Alliance is pleased to announce the OSGP Seminar that will supply information about the Open Smart Grid Protocol and share the Alliance’s vision with stakeholders involved in the modernisation of existing power systems and the development of new Smart Grid applications. Worldwide there are already millions of devices communicating with and controlled by the Open Smart Grid Protocol. As many different protocols used in energy systems will be interconnected in the future because of the increased hybrid use of the power system, focusing on interoperability and information security is a must. Other considerations include the growing use of distributed resources, E-mobility and the application of distributed storage. These as well as how OSGP supports other protocols and datamodels will be covered in this seminar together with the operational functionality of OSGP.
Teus de Zwart – Senior director International Standards of Networked Energy Services and Chairman of the Working Group SG Standards of the OSGP Alliance; The driver behind OSGP
Second trainer to be determined regarding the demonstration of OSGP devices being an electricity Smart Meter and the data management to the head-end applications of the Utility.
Who should attend:
Stakeholders involved in engineering, designing and the operation of Smart Grid applications connected to the power and communication infrastructure of a Power Utility.
Reasons to attend:
- learn about the new information era in developing future distribution systems
- explore vision behind data collection, communication and advanced control
- see how the protocol and technology are applied in systems of an extensive size
- determine how to cope with large amounts of metering and utility grid information
- discover how to not only collect data but really go for actual control of the power systems and the customer systems connected
- examine outline of the application of the OSGP protocol and related systems
- explore why the protocol and technology should be flexible, secure and future proof
- establish why OSGP should be interoperable with other protocols at different levels of the power system
- learn how OSGP supports other protocols and why this is an important feature of OSGP
- consider how to avoid technology lock-in
- learn about preparing for OSGP conformance and operability testing, including preparation of use cases, test cases and a test plan
- how devices can become “OSGP Certified” based on successful OSGP Conformance testing
- how you can extend the functionality of your power system, beyond the application of Smart Metering in the field of demand response (DR) and Power System diagnosis
- consider how standardization and innovation go hand-in-hand
- how the OSGP Alliance supports the use and development of OSGP
- learn how to participate in the development of OSGP and related applications as well as how to become a participating member of the OSGP Alliance
Secretary OSGP Alliance
Görlitz – “The Sound of Silence” for the Smart Meter?
The “All-IP –Project” also concerns Metrology
The German Telekom is modernising its infrastructure and currently provides to the fixed and mobile networks to IP-based technology.
In the end all components should communicate according to a uniform principle; the Internet Protocol (IP).
The German Telekom is following the global trend for transmission over IP that will replace gradually their traditional fixed-network with its analogue and ISDN connections as well as long term connection-oriented services in the 2G-GSM network.
Latest by the end of 2018 the “All-IP Project” should be completed. It is planned in this context, the complete and without compensation adjustment of Circuit Switched Data (CSD) service. A final decision is expected by the end of this year.
CSD service is connection-oriented data transmission over the GSM mobile network. Here an exclusive communication link is set up and transmit the data via audio signals. This technique, typically used by measurement data transmission from meters for electricity, gas and other media, will be out of service. The communication needs to be made via a different type of communication carrier.
What alternatives are available? One possibility is to simulate the CSD service over the IP network. Apart from the uncertainty of permanent availability this method has other serious disadvantages. Due to the fact that the audio signals need to be converted for transmission in the IP protocol, the reaction time, the Round Trip Time (RTT), of the service will increase.
Herewith problems will occur in the transparent data transmission in the GPRS-IP network. Non-predictable latencies will arise using the CSD-protocols such as IEC-1107. At high baud rates, the number of disconnections will increase, which results in a lower quality of reading. Consequence: higher costs and a time shift in the overall process from meter-reading to the accounting.
Furthermore, in the converting extra latency will be created, on top of the appropriate fixed timeouts of applications and devices. The consequence is a lack of timely or even no communication with the devices in the Grid. In 2010 a previous change in communication technology was responsible for the increase in the RTT, which meant an improperly functioning of the remote reading.
The favourable way is to choose the variant of IP communications. In the M2M environment, the FNN recommends, especially for new applications or end-of-life situations, to implement adapted IP-based solutions. The White paper (in German) for the legislative package “Smart Grids”, refers to relevant transitional measures to ensure investment security and to avoid “stranded investments”.
GÖRLITZ provides a proven solution for data collection, with the Scalar range, which can be easily adapted thanks to its modular design and wide range of interface options to different requirements – including for IP-based communications. Additional advantages offered in the”Least Cost Metering mode (LCM)”, in which the Scalar reads the meter data automatically and transmits these data to any target system. LCM will reduce both the total communication time for all measured value acquisitions as well as the amount of connection costs.
This decentralised process will sent the data from each measuring point, depending on network availability immediately and in parallel. This speeds-up the entire process and is at the same 100% TCP/IP communication in an IP network. In addition the Scalar system offers the ability to encrypt data using 128-bit AES. If appropriately configured devices are operating in an IP-VPN network, this solution is in respect to data protection and security required by BSI as “Current state of the art”.
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Schneider Electric Delivers Avantis Asset Health and Performance Monitoring Software at EDF Norte Fluminense Power Plant
One of the world’s leading utilities expands use of Avantis® PRiSM predictive asset analytics software to Brazil plant for improved operations and maintenance
Schneider Electric Software recently completed the installation of its Avantis® PRiSM predictive asset analytics software at EDF Group’s Norte Fluminense power generation plant.
Expanding on its use of PRiSM to monitor a number of assets across its fossil-fuel, nuclear and hydropower generation fleets in Europe, EDF is now implementing the technology for real-time asset health and performance monitoring of a combined-cycle plant in Brazil. The Norte Fluminense plant, with 780 MW of generating capacity, is committed to ensuring system reliability in the entire metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro and generating energy for a population of more than two million.
“As a utility known for our commitment to social responsibility and our focus on sustainable development, we place great importance on safe and reliable power generation,” said Marcio Marques, engineer O &M at EDF Group. “PRiSM helps us achieve those goals by improving the availability and performance of our critical assets.”
PRiSM uses a proprietary algorithm, machine learning and advanced pattern recognition to identify and alert on subtle changes in equipment behavior for early warning notification and diagnosis of asset health and performance problems. The software has the proven ability to alert plant personnel of asset failures days, weeks or months before problems occur, leading to increased equipment reliability and reduced unplanned downtime. Customers state that the use of PRiSM has allowed them to reduce equipment downtime by up to 25 percent.
Fortum wins Asian Power Awards 2015 for Indian solar project
Fortum’s 10MW solar PV plant in Madhya Pradesh recognised as the ‘Solar Project of the Year’.
Fortum FinnSurya Energy Pvt Ltd. has been awarded with the prestigious solar project of the year award by Asian Power Awards 2015. The award has been given in recognition for the development of its 10MW solar PV plant located in Kapeli, a village in Dist. Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. It was the first plant to be commissioned under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) Phase II initiative and developed under the VGF scheme of Solar Energy Corporation of India.
“The recognition connotes India’s efforts towards building the nation’s solar economy. We are grateful to the Indian government, state governments, Solar Energy Corporation of India and all our partners and employees for their continuous support in enabling us to complete the project well before the deadline,” said Mr. Sanjay Aggarwal, Managing Director, Fortum India.
The plant was commissioned on 31st December 2014, four months ahead of the deadline set by the government. Fortum has adopted a thin-film CdTe technology with PV modules mounted on fixed tilt structures and 15 central invertors, which allows for better control of carbon footprint, water use and energy payback time. This solar plant is Fortum’s second investment in the Indian solar sector. The 10 MW solar plant shall offset more than 18000 tonnes of CO2 emissions equivalent annually.
Vattenfall – The Biotope Method 2005 – A method for calculatingthe impact of land use and water use.
The Biotope Method is based on the assumption that the losses and additions of biotopes resulting from exploitation mirror the resulting changes in biodiversity. These losses and additions can be quantified by measuring the areas affected, which enables comparisons between different types of exploitations. The use of the method entails assessing the changes in the distribution and quality of biotopes between ’before’ and ’after’ within a pre-defined area, i.e. the system boundary.
The Biotope Method is intended for use in connection with most types of land and water use. It is important to emphasise that the Biotope Method only reports the quantitative biotope changes (biotope losses and new additions) within the system boundary. Exploitation may also entail changes at the landscape level, i.e. outside the system boundary. These may include changes such as fragmentation, barrier effects and deterioration of habitats. When the Biotope Method is used, changes which take place beyond the system boundary are described only qualitatively.
The Biotope Method 2015 has been developed to be used also in areas of application other than EPD, as well as beyond the energy sector. The Biotope Method is also a tool which can be used in feasibility-studies and localisation studies, to assess the impact of planned operations.
Use of the Biotope Method obtains knowledge of the impact of planned or ongoing operations on biodiversity through the use of relatively limited measures and resources. Input data for the assessment is derived from available digital databases, aerial images and project-specific information. An inventory of biotopes is also carried out in the field. If the Biotope Method is used in a feasibility-study, the result can provide suggestions for modifications; if the method is used in a localisation study, it can generate suggestions for prioritisation. If the Biotope Method is applied to ongoing operations, the result can be used to identify suggestions for biotope improvements and compensation measures.
Ferranti – MECOMS™ As A Service allows Our Power to deliver ‘Power to the people’
Our Power is a new energy provider in the United Kingdom, and is a community benefit society with membership of social housing providers and community controlled groups that aims to supply power to tens of thousands of households with the key goal of impacting positively on fuel poverty – particularly for those most disadvantaged in the energy market.
Ferranti Computer Systems is a specialist supplier of solutions to the utilities sector with MECOMS offering a first class leading Billing and Customer Management Solution with a proven UK pedigree.
Ferranti is Microsoft’s preferred global partner for Utilities and delivers MECOMS already to more than 40 companies in 15 countries.
Ferranti also improved again its position in Gartner’s Utilities CIS report, published on 2 June 2015 by Zarko Sumic, for its MECOMS™ product.
MECOMS™ As A Service provides the power and flexibility of an onsite MECOMS™ installation but is deployed, hosted and maintained entirely in the cloud. This allows Our Power to concentrate on the day to day running of their business whilst Ferranti manages the IT.
Eltel and Caruna sign a EUR 50 million frame agreement for cabling projects in Finland
Eltel and Caruna have signed a frame agreement to improve the power distribution network in the southwestern regions of Finland. Improvements in medium-voltage networks will be carried out over the next three years. The total value of the agreement is EUR 50 million and it will extend until September 2018. The new agreement will continue earlier projects between the two companies. The tendering process was in form of a public offering.
The agreement is based on a turnkey model. It consists of several separate projects, in which overhead power lines will be replaced by underground cables. Eltel’s responsibilities in this turnkey project will span everything from design to the finished product.
Juha Luusua, President of Power Distribution, Eltel, comments:
“Executing large underground cabling projects is Eltel’s core competence. The turnkey project model enables a highly cost-effective and rapid execution. We are delighted to support Caruna’s massive investment programme in Finland. Caruna as the largest distribution operator in Finland is an important and long-time customer of Eltel. Our cabling expertise, which has been developed in Finland, is also an excellent export product to the other northern European electricity markets.”
Ari Koponen, CEO of Caruna, comments:
“Through investments, we rapidly improve the reliability of electricity distribution. We can also provide a weatherproof network for an additional 45,000 customers in the southwest regions of Finland. We see the investment in the electricity network, based on this frame agreement, as an important driver for complying with regulatory requirements within the given timeframe. The framework agreement is an essential part of our operations, while we maintain annual investments in our network of EUR 150 million in all areas to guarantee more reliable electricity supply for our customers.”
Mitsubishi Electric to Build DC Development and Demonstration Facility at Power Distribution System Center in Marugame, Japan
Promoting middle-voltage direct current distribution systems that respond to environmental needs
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that it plans to build a development and demonstration facility for middle-voltage direct current (MVDC*) distribution at its Power Distribution System Center in Marugame, Japan, with operations scheduled to start in April 2016. MVDC distribution reduces electricity loss at delivery, making related technologies increasingly attractive for businesses looking to mitigate environmental impact.
Environmentally conscious distribution systems that combine renewable energy such as solar and wind with an electrical accumulator are growing in popularity. These systems generate DC electricity and then convert it to AC for general use. However, communication devices and digital devices in general have to convert it back to DC. Energy loss will occur when electricity is being converted between AC and DC. MVDC distribution eliminates the DC conversion issue and reduces energy loss, enabling facilities to cut costs by using thinner power cables or transmitting electric power longer distances. This has prompted a reevaluation of DC technology, and Mitsubishi Electric aims to meet the needs of this new DC ecosystem by leveraging their existing DC technologies such as their distribution board for data center energy conservation and their high speed circuit for railway lines. At the same time, the company will use this new facility to develop next-generation MVDC technologies and communicate their value to consumers.
Oracle Utilities’ Integrated Platform Enables Greater Time to Value
Accelerating innovation is the key challenge facing utilities around the world. Numerous business drivers are rapidly changing our utilities industry, and the speed with which this change is occurring continues to accelerate.
The pressure on utilities to run their operations better and more efficiently has never been stronger. Consumers are demanding more personalized, individual service, while sustainability and efficiency are reducing utility revenues, and putting additional pressures on asset reliability. Real-time data and analysis, from processes across the utility enterprise, are essential to meeting these increased demands.
Consequently, electric, gas, water and wastewater utilities are now shifting their attention from business-as-usual to the urgent need for faster business processes, reduced process latency, and quicker access to data for swift, actionable analysis and decision making in order to respond more quickly to the changing industry environment. Consolidation of information and processes across the utility enterprise, and interoperability between technology, applications and solutions, is of paramount importance in this accelerated environment.
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E.ON making good progress implementing its strategy: retaining its nuclear power business in Germany means spinoff can remain on schedule
- E.ON’s strategic transformation on schedule, Uniper to begin operations at the start of the new year
- Going forward, E.ON to focus on renewables, energy networks, and customer solutions; nuclear energy not a strategic asset
- Nuclear power business in Germany to be managed by Hanover-based PreussenElektra
- E.ON remains open to constructive solutions and shared responsibility with the German state
- Impairment charges in the higher single-digit billion euro range expected in the third quarter
- Dividend for 2015 financial year to remain at 50 cents per share
E.ON will retain responsibility for the remaining operation and dismantling of its nuclear generating capacity in Germany and not transfer it to Uniper. This will not affect E.ON’s strategic transformation. From today’s perspective, the division of the Group into two companies will take place on schedule. A Management Board resolution stating this intention was unanimously approved Wednesday evening by the company’s Supervisory Board. E.ON currently operates three nuclear power stations in Germany and has minority stakes in three others. E.ON’s nuclear power assets in Germany currently account for 8 percent of its generation portfolio.
Enel’s Challenge – Environment and Climate
The power multinational is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and continues to develop global renewable projects with its subsidiary Enel Green Power. A program featured on We Mean Business coalition website
The International Energy Agency(IEA) has established that in order to limit global warming to two degrees centigrade by 2050, renewable sources should account for 42% of all energy generated by 2030 and 57% by 2050. This makes cutting greenhouse gas emissions in production processes a priority for companies, and Enel has been a pioneer in this direction for years. We Mean Business, a coalition (organizations, businesses and investors) born to build a common platform to help the transition to a low carbon energy system, in order to secure sustainable economic growth and prosperity for all, summarized these steps on its website.
Schneider Electric – Powering an “always On” world
- 05-07 Oct. 2015; Smart Grid Canada in Toronto, Canada
- 06-08 Oct. 2015; 2nd Annual Demand Response World Forum, Costa Mesa, California, USA
- 12-14 Oct. 2015; Industrial Control Cybersecurity USA in Sacramento California, USA
- 13-14 Oct. 2015; 2nd Ann. Nat. Summit on Smart Grid and Climate Change in washington DC, USA
- 20 Oct. 2015; The Energy Customer -Strategies for serving the customers of today & tomorrow- in Londen, UK
- 28-29 Oct. 2015; Smart Grids – Smart Meters Summit in Dubai, UAE
- 28-29 Oct. 2015; Power Networks Course in Birmingham, UK
- 02-05 Nov 2015; Power Week 2015 in Singapore
- 03-05 Nov. 2015; European Utility Week 2015 in Vienna, Austria
- 03-05 Nov. 2015; Power Nigeria 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria
- 19 Nov. 2015; ETSI Summit 2015: Standardization and Open Source
- 24-25 Nov. 2015; Smart Metering Forum 2015 in London, UK
- 28-29 Jan. 2016; 7th Smart Energy UK & Europe Summit – Smart Metering and Grid Exhibition in London, UK
- 03-04 Feb. 2016; Energy Storage 2016 in Paris, France
- 22-24 Feb. 2016; Smart Energy Summit in Austin TX, USA
- 02-04 March 2016; World Smart Energy Week in Tokyo, Japan
- 15-16 March 2016; Power & Electricity World Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa
- 21-23 March 2016; Power & Electricity World Asia in Singapore
- 05-07 April 2016; Smart Cities & Energy Efficiency in Sofia, Bulgaria
- 09-11 May 2016; CIGRE & IEC – 2nd Int. Colloquium on EHV an UHV
- 11-13 May 2016; 2nd Smart Cities India 2016 in New Delhi, India
- 17-19 May June 2016; Power & Electricity World Philippines in Manila, Philippines
- 16-17 June 2016; Innovative City 2016 in Nice, France
Eurelectric – Reveal the true value of electricity! New report on electrification outlines its contribution to sustainable energy use
The decarbonisation of heating, cooling & transport in Europe is one of the most challenging tasks policymakers, industry and customers are currently facing. Heating and cooling in EU buildings and industries makes up almost 50% of our energy consumption. Together with transport (32%), they represent the largest shares of energy demand across Europe. According to the European Commission, 85% of heating and cooling is produced from fossil fuels, which presents a vast potential for decarbonisation and fuel savings, especially in urban areas.
Following the electrification leaflet published last June during the Sustainable Energy Week, today EURELECTRIC launched a new report showcasing how decarbonising electricity generation will provide a major contribution to meeting Europe’s climate change targets. “With the power sector fully committed to reducing CO2 emissions by 80-95% by 2050 and a policy framework in place to ensure this goal, electricity is set to become the energy carrier of the future,” said Philippe Bauduin, chairman of EURELECTRIC’s working group on energy efficiency.
The report finds that electrifying heating, cooling and transport with power from decarbonised sources reveals a wide range of benefits which are critical in the transition to a sustainable economy in Europe. These benefits include:
- Reductions in emissions from local heating in buildings and cities
- Reductions in emissions from road and rail transport
- A shift away from burning fuel at the point of consumption will also lead to improvements in air quality, especially in urban areas
- Reductions in traffic noise pollution in cities
IEA – Technology Roadmap How2Guide for Smart Grids in Distribution Networks
This How2Guide for Smart Grids in Distribution Networks (Distribution SG H2G) seeks to provide decision makers with tools and steps for developing and implementing a strategic plan for smart grids at the national, regional or municipal level. It is the second in the International Energy Agency (IEA) series of How2Guides (H2Gs), concise manuals that seek to guide the reader through the key steps to developing and implementing a roadmap for a given technology, sector or system. This series has been initiated under the framework
of the IEA International Low-Carbon Energy Technology Platform, a key tool for IEA engagement with partner countries on low-carbon energy technologies.
As the global energy demand continues to rise, and with it human-induced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the need grows stronger for low-carbon technologies to play a prominent role in limiting a temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius (2°C) by 2050. Improvements in energy efficiency and increased use of renewable energy sources will be instrumental to the decarbonisation of electricity generation necessary to achieve the IEA Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) 2°C Scenario (2DS). With the capabilities to modernise grid systems, smart grid technologies are considered critical infrastructural components for the energy sector in an era of climate change.
If successfully planned and implemented, smart grids can offer a host of benefits for widely developed and less-extended electricity grids alike. These benefits enable informed customer choices about consumption, accommodate electricity generation and storage options, and optimise asset utilisation and operating efficiency in response to issues of the variability of renewable energy and resilience to disturbances, attacks and natural disasters. For grid systems in emerging and
developing countries, smart grids can offer these benefits as microgrid configurations that have the option of then later being connected to regional or national grids.
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SEDC – Mapping Demand Response in Europe Today
Our report maps the progress of Member States in enabling “explicit” Demand Response programmes. It reviews the regulatory structures of 16 countries: 14 EU Member States, plus Norway and Switzerland. In order to further support these efforts, it provides overarching guidelines and technical information on how consumer-oriented Demand Response can be unlocked.
The report shows that progress has been made towards creating the conditions for Demand Response to participate in European electricity markets. On the national level, the growth of demand-side flexibility is clearly measurable in countries that have taken the decision to enable Demand Response, such as Belgium and France. However, important work remains to be done and significant barriers have to be removed across the continent, in order to tap into the full potential of Demand Response across Europe.
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DECC – Prime Minister urges fellow leaders to back climate change deal
David Cameron underlines UK support for climate change with ambitious funding deal announced in New York.
The Prime Minister will urge fellow leaders to work together to secure an ambitious global climate change deal in Paris when he speaks at a working lunch of leaders at the UN in New York later today (Sunday).
Demonstrating the UK’s commitment to achieving a deal, the Prime Minister will announce that the government will increase by at least 50% its financial support for cleaner, greener growth and for measures to help the world’s poorest adapt to climate change.
The government will provide £5.8 billion from the existing 0.7% official development assistance (ODA) budget to the International Climate Fund between April 2016 and March 2021, including at least £1.76 billion in 2020 – ensuring that the UK plays its part in achieving the goal of mobilising $100 billion of climate finance a year by 2020 and over the lifetime of the projects we support leveraging nearly as much again in private finance.
Outlook on the European DSO landscape 2020
The trends that will change the name of the game The liberalisation process at the end of the 20th century reformed the energy sector into competitive production and supply activities, and monopolistic transmission and distribution network activities. Distribution System Operators have a regulated mandate to own and operate the electricity distribution network in an area that ranges from a few streets up to the entire territory of a country. This survey includes most of the large, and some of the smaller, companies of the more than 2300 DSOs in Europe. 60% of the participants in the survey serve more than 1 million customers, and 10% of the participants serve fewer than 100,000 customers.
During the past century, large power generators (hydro, nuclear, coal and gas) generated electricity that was brought to consumers via a grid made of high-voltage transmission lines and cables that fed into a medium- and low-voltage distribution network. It was like a waterfall – with electricity flowing in just one direction, from very high to progressively lower voltages.
Today, this situation is changing rapidly. In addition to the large power plants, there are a whole range of renewable energy units − like biomass stations, wind mills and photovoltaic panels − and other smaller units, like cogeneration plants, that deliver both heat and electricity. A whole raft of munici- palities, households and businesses own these smaller units, which generate electricity for local consumption.
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