OSGP Alliance presented the transition of the electricity grid, moving from centralized to decentralized structure
During a workshop and panel session at the 4th International Istanbul Smart Grid and Cities Congress and Fair, held on April 20-21, 2016 at Halic Congress Center in Istanbul, the OSGP Alliance presented the transition of the electricity grid, moving from centralized to decentralized structure. The Smart meters play a vital role as sensor. ViKo, Asay Energy, Referans and NES shared their vieuws on smart metering and smart grid. PLC (Power Line Communication) based on OSGP protocol has proven to perform best in the Turkish grid. PLC is the preferred technology providing additional topology information and having best performance.
Giza Systems Closes 100% Acquisition of HF Giza Systems
Giza Systems Group of Companies announced end of March that the company has completed the acquisition of 100% of the shares of HF Giza Systems Group, including all of its subsidiary companies in Egypt, Sub-Saharan Africa and the US.
“We believe that this acquisition will strengthen our position in our markets, and will allow us to provide a more integrated portfolio to cater to our clients’ success,” commented Shehab El Nawawi, Chairman and CEO at Giza Systems Group of Companies.
As of the acquisition, HF Giza Systems has been integrated into Giza Systems to form the new Smart Buildings Line of Business, which now aims to combine, deploy and deliver the most comprehensive building management solutions portfolio for its clients.
NES first in world to receive r-46 certificate
NMi is proud to announce that it has issued the first OIML R 46 Certificate of Conformity in the world. It has been registered to Networked Energy Services in the United Stated of America. You can find the certificate on the OIML website.
Recommendation R 46 – “Active electrical energy meters” – implies a time- and cost saving opportunity for manufacturers: when having their meters tested in accordance with this Recommendation, they will be able to get easy market access in multiple countries by using the combination of OIML and IEC/EN reports.
NMi congratulates Networked Energy Services for being the first to obtain the OIML R 46 Certificate of Conformity!
DNV GL to Validate ARPA-E ‘Internet of Energy’ Microgrid in Texas
DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification, together with its partners, Group NIRE and Geli (Growing Energy Labs, Inc.), will produce and operate an Internet of Energy (IoEn) platform integrating the management of up to 100 distributed energy resources (DER).
The award, DNV GL’s third from ARPA-E, is one of twelve new projects in the Department of Energy’s Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES) program announced in December.
The Internet of Energy project will be deployed at Group NIRE’s utility-connected microgrid test facility in Lubbock, Texas, where it will be integrated with local utility monitoring, control and data acquisition systems to demonstrate advanced management of up to 100 disparate distributed energy resources using Geli’s “Internet of Energy” software.
The Internet of Energy platform will simultaneously manage both market level regulation and distribution system support functions to facilitate large-scale integration of renewable generation onto the grid. The platform will demonstrate a novel and scalable approach for the fast registration and automated dispatch of DERs by combining DNV GL’s power system simulation tools and independent third-party validation with Geli’s innovative networking, control, and market balancing software.
“DNV GL’s core role,”said Senior Consultant Michael Kleinberg, ”is to provide greater certainty to power systems planners and grid operators — who will increasingly be called upon to manage massive volumes of distributed energy assets — by validating operational performance and emerging economic models within a real-world, utility-connected microgrid.”
Solar rankings: Duke Energy among Top 3 in the nation
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy continues to be a national leader for the amount of solar energy connected to the grid for its retail customers.
In the Top 10 utility solar lists compiled by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), Duke Energy Progress (DEP) was ranked third among all utility companies for bringing on new solar capacity during 2015.
“Our customers are experiencing the benefits of Duke Energy’s work to support the growth and expansion of solar generation in this region,” said David Fountain , Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “We are proud to put more and more solar energy to work for our customers in a way that works for everyone.”
DEP’s 461 megawatts of owned and purchased capacity for customers in 2015 helped it climb to third in the nation after being fourth the previous year. Overall, North Carolina is fourth in the nation for installed solar capacity. You can view the rankings here.
“We saw record installations of solar in 2015 across the United States. Our Top 10 survey results detail the scale of this growth, and the active role an increasing number of utilities are playing in it,” said Julia Hamm, SEPA’s President and CEO. “Consumers want solar, and their interest is driving change and innovation at utilities nationwide.”
The rankings were announced Tuesday at the organization’s Utility Solar Conference in Denver. The ninth annual survey includes figures from more than 300 utilities across the country.
E.ON a core partner in project to promote energy transition
E.ON is a core partner “ENSURE – New Energy Network Structures for the Energy Transition,” a consortium supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. At an event in Berlin, Federal Minister Johanna Wanka presented four consortia selected by the German federal government as Copernicus projects to promote the energy transition. The ENSURE consortium consists of core partners E.ON, RWTH Aachen University, network operator TenneT TSO, technology companies Siemens and ABB, and 15 other partners. The consortium is led by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
The project aims to develop and test efficient, forward-looking structures that combine centralized and distributed energy sources. It will place a special emphasis on addressing the technological and social aspects of this transformation process. It will encompass power transmission technologies as well as information and communications technologies, which will maintain balance and ensure stability in tomorrow’s networked supply structures.
E.ON begins selling electricity storage system in Germany
- Storage system developed in partnership with SOLARWATT
- Charge efficiency of 93 percent
- Advanced German technology and sleek design
E.ON has begun selling its E.ON Aura electricity storage system in Germany. The system is available immediately at www.eon-aura.de. The all-in-one solution consists of a storage device, the E.ON Aura app, and, if desired, an E.ON Aura PV system, and the E.ON Aura electricity tariff. The German energy supplier worked closely with Dresden-based SOLARWATT GmbH to develop the system.
E.ON Aura’s charge efficiency of 93 percent makes it one of the most efficient storage devices on the German market. The system can increase a home’s energy self-sufficiency rate—that is, the proportion of self-produced electricity the home consumes—from about one third to around 70 percent. “With a storage capacity of 4.4 kilowatt-hours, E.ON Aura can meet the entire electricity needs of a three- to four-person family during the evening and night hours,” Robert Hienz, Managing Director of E.ON Energie Deutschland, explained. The system is therefore perfectly tailored to the average German household’s energy consumption.
Highly efficient, simple to install
For homes that consume more electricity, the system’s storage capacity is easily expandable to up to 11 kilowatt-hours with additional battery modules. E.ON developed the system in partnership with SOLARWATT, a Dresden-based solar company and storage-device manufacturer. E.ON Aura is aimed primarily at environmentally conscious homeowners who wish to achieve greater energy autonomy and reduce their energy costs. The lithium-ion battery modules have an estimated operating life of up to 20 years, providing customers with lasting quality. The compact, wall-mounted storage device combines a sleek design and noise-free operation.
Fortum to start building the Solberg windfarm in Sweden
Fortum has made a final investment decision on the 75-megawatt Solberg wind park project in Northern Sweden, announced earlier this year. According to the plan, the construction starts in summer 2016 with ground works and the wind park is expected to start production in early 2018. Skellefteå Kraft AB (SKAB) has an option to participate in the project with a 50% share, subject to decision by their municipal owner and authority approvals, if any. SKAB is expected to decide on their participation during the second quarter of 2016. The total investment of the whole project is approximately EUR 100 million.
The project is an important step in the implementation of Fortum’s newly announced strategy and the ambition to grow in wind and solar power. Fortum aims to grow in wind and solar businesses through developing new projects and selective acquisitions.
Vattenfall: First solar farm complete – Vattenfall
Vattenfall’s first large-scale solar farm has generated power for the first time. The facility in Wales, which covers an area of about eight hectares, consists of over 18,500 panels and were installed in less than two weeks. The investment cost amounts to some SEK 50 million.
The solar farm has a capacity of 4.99MW and will annually generate 5.5GWh of electricity which is enough to provide 1,440 British homes with renewable electricity. The solar farm consists of over 18,500 panels which weigh approximately 18 kg each.
The solar farm in southwest Wales is located adjacent to Vattenfall’s Parc Cynog wind farm with its 11 turbines and shares its grid connection with the wind farm.
First turbine erected at Wales’s largest onshore wind farm
Vattenfall, the European energy company, said today that the first turbine at the largest onshore wind farm in Wales has been fully erected.
The Siemens turbine, at the east of the Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project site and standing 145 metres tall, is the first of 76 to be erected at the 228MW upper Afan, Cynon, Neath and Rhondda scheme.
Natural Resources Wales, the landowner of the Pen y Cymoedd wind farm site, hailed its partnership with Vattenfall as this important milestone was reached.
Meet OSGP and its members at the following events
- 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 2016; African Utility Week 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa
- 17-19 May 2016; Power & Electricity World Philippines in Manila, Philippines
What utilities expect from the Internet of Things
The Internet of Things is the concept of everyday objects – from industrial machines to wearable devices – using built-in sensors to gather data and take action on that data across a network. Thierry Godart, General Manager of Energy Solutions at Intel, describes IoT as “taking the best of IT into the operational world.”
IoT devices are indeed flooding utility operations. From synchrophasors to smart meters, new assets installed in the energy grid are highly sensored, due to the declining cost of the sensor technology. And customers aren’t left out either. Home automation technology can sense and respond to the needs of an individual or family, even when they are not present.
Across all industries, Gartner forecasts that 6.4 billion connected devices will be in use worldwide in 2016 – up 30 percent from 2015 – with the number reaching 20.8 billion by 2020. In 2016 alone, 5.5 million new devices will be connected each day.
For utilities, the smart grid era unleashed not only millions of these new IoT devices, but also more data that utilities need to analyze and understand to make better decisions about their networks. In fact, 63 percent of utility respondents in a recent SAS survey indicated that IoT was critical to their companies’ future success.
Top uses today include “metering and meter data management” (55 percent) and “cybersecurity” (49 percent). However, the biggest growth areas are customer-facing. Seventy-three percent of respondents indicated that “customer engagement” will be IoT-enabled in the next three years. It should come as no surprise that the most common benefit of IoT analytics cited in the research was better customer service.
Ericsson demonstrates Smart Grids for smart cities in Istanbul
Ericsson explored how connectivity and the transformation of the utilities industry is promoting the evolution of smart sustainable cities at the 4th International Istanbul Smart Grid and Cities Congress and Fair, held on April 20-21, 2016 at Halic Congress Center in Istanbul.
During the event, Ericsson demonstrated Smart Sustainable Cities, particularly the four areas of a smart city: a Competitive City, Safe City, Resilient City, and Efficient City determining how cities are permitted to meet the many challenges of urbanization and accomplish their potential.
India, EU show the way in smart grid technology market
Smart grids are a highly sophisticated way of achieving efficiency and reliability in power distribution. At present, the power distribution network in most regions has a significant supply-demand gap, due to the steadily rising demand for electricity. This gap is most prominent in Asia Pacific, where the combination of a rapidly rising population, rising standard of living, and inefficiency in power generation and distribution has led to the demand for supplementary power and the means to eliminate the wastage of power during distribution.
The high efficiency of power distribution achieved through smart grids is the major driver impacting the global smart grid market. According to a report released recently by Transparency Market Research, the global smart grid market is expected to exhibit an 18.2% CAGR from 2013 to 2019. The market’s value at the end of this forecast period is expected to be US$118.1 bn.
ERIGrid Looking to Ease Incorporation of Smart Grids into Conventional Power Distribution Infrastructure
One of the major restraints on the global smart grid market is the difficulty in incorporating smart grid infrastructure into existing power distribution means. The difficulty in incorporating electricity gained from renewable resources, the generation of which is rising at a rapid pace, has also constrained the modernization of power distribution infrastructure.
An all-European coalition of energy specialists and research institutes has recently come together to attempt to solve just this problem. Called ERIGrid, the project was announced in early March, despite having begun in November last year. This project is headed by the Austrian Institute of Technology and includes renowned research centers such as the University of Strathclyde, the European Distributed Energy Resources Laboratories, and the Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Savings. ERIGrid will look into the various way to develop an overarching smart grid system that can also manage significant influx of renewable energy.
Sweden’s Landskrona Energi AB Pilots the NES Patagonia Grid Modernization Platform
Networked Energy Services is expanding Landskrona’s existing AMR application to help them modernize the grid and meet new requirements in Sweden.
San Jose, CA, April 25, 2016: Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid market leader, today announced Landskrona Energi, a utility with over 20,000 customers in Southern Sweden, has been piloting the NES Patagonia Platform for its distribution smart grid solution, including the NES market leading AMI application and smart meters and support for District Heating metering. Landskrona Energi began deploying and testing the Patagonia platform in 2015.
Landskrona Energi selected NES Patagonia because of its leading security features, proven global track record with over 36 million meters using NES technology, and its multi-application platform value proposition. In addition, more than one million NES smart meters and smart grid technology have been in operation in Sweden for over a decade, delivering over 99.7% daily communications performance with unmatched hardware reliability and software quality.
Smart grid, storage, efficiency firms raise $375 mn in Jan-Mar
Companies from smart grid, storage and efficiency sectors raised USD 375 million (around Rs 2,500 crore) in venture capital funding during the first quarter of 2016, says a report.
According to global communications and consulting firm Mercom Capital Group Venture, capital funding including private equity and corporate venture capital for smart grid companies increased twofold this quarter with USD 110 million in 14 deals compared with USD 56 million in 12 deals in fourth quarter of 2015.
Mercom Capital Group released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the smart grid, battery/storage and energy efficiency sectors for the first quarter of 2016.
Oracle automates customer engagement for US utility
This week, US utility Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has partnered with smart grid solutions provider Oracle to automate its communication with customers.
In a company statement, the utility cooperative providing electricity to more than 160,000 customers said it integrated Oracles new tech with its existing customer information system.
The combined solution of the Oracle Utilities Customer Self Service and the Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing solution is said will allow SMECO customers to view their bills, make payments, access grid information, report outages and participate in various programmes online, on a single website.