Smart Grid

Scotland Unveils New Smart Grid Initiative

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Scotland will benefit from an initiative intended to boost smart grid research and development that provides access to power network testing facilities. The University of Strathclyde’s Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) and Scottish Enterprise launched the SME voucher access to provide funding to companies and stimulate the research output…

Smart Grid Event Scheduled in Brussels

The first Smart Grid Event will be held in Brussels this coming June. The conference is expected to attract leading to discuss the future of the electric grid in the face of an ever increasing reliance on sustainable energy and to brainstorm on ways to keep the public—and the news media—engaged in the ongoing transformation.…

Ultra-Capacitors Support Irish Smart Grid Test Bed

Freqcon has installed an energy storage system for Ireland’s Tallaght smart grid test bed. The solution is integrated with Maxwell’s ultra-capacitors and lithium-ion batteries that are designed to support grid stability in residential and industrial settings. The test-bed also features Freqcon’s microgrid stabilizer to enable voltage and frequency stabilization. The Tallaght smart grid test bed,…

ComEd to Pilot Smart Streetlights

ComEd has announced a new pilot in Lombard and Bensenville, Illinois, that calls for the installation of approximately 400 smart LED streetlights. The trial will last for six months after which the cities’ leaders will decide if they want to continue with the smart light software package. If kept, the LED lights would remain free…

Maine Investing in Smart Energy

A recent meeting between Maine Governor Paul LePage and Iberdrola chairman Ignacio Galan focused on the state’s energy future. Iberdrola is the corporate parent of Central Maine Power (CMP). Galan notes, “CMP’s Maine Power Reliability Program is among our largest, most important projects in the United States in recent years. We are pleased with the…

Brazil Announces Smart Grid, Meters Project

Telefônica Vivo will provide machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity solutions for a smart grid and smart metering project in development for Brazil’s state-run power group Eletrobras. The utility was selected by a consortium that includes Siemens, Telemont, and Itron, which won a public tender to develop a smart grid project for the state-owned power firm. The consortium…

ICE Stresses Importance of Infrastructure

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is calling on the next UK government to make infrastructure projects—including energy—a national policy priority. In the organization’s Manifesto for Infrastructure, the ICE warns that failing to make infrastructure a priority could result in “other competing nations taking our edge and the UK’s resilience diminishing.” Key policies suggested by…

Ameren Opens Smart Grid Innovation Center

The Ameren Corporation has opened an Innovation Center on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) campus. The Center will collaborate with university students and faculty and other companies to develop innovations to help Ameren better meet the future needs of its customers. The UIUC’s College of Engineering is among the highest ranked in the…

ComEd Announces Energy Monitor Pilot

Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) has announced plans to launch a pilot to test Bidgely’s new HomeBeat energy monitor and web & mobile engagement solution, which will provide customers with personalized energy reports detailing how and when they use energy in their home. The project is part of ComEd’s SmartGridExchange, a collaboration between the utility, technology start-ups,…

Silver Spring Network Showcasing BIg Data Solution

Silver Spring Networks is exhibiting its SilverLink Sensor Network at DistribuTECH. The solution enables utilities to draw on smart grid big data for innovative new services including customer engagement, load disaggregation, real-time voltage management, and network management. According to Silver Spring, “The SilverLink Sensor Network unlocks and accelerates data from any sensor network to fuel any…