Avista will use Tropos Networks and Itron’s jointly developed Smart Grid solution as part of the $38 million Smart Grid Demonstration Project in the city of Pullman, Washington, and the nearby community of Albion. The project, according to Avista, is designed to “increase system reliability and reduce outage time, incorporate renewable energy sources, and provide customers with more tools and information to monitor their energy usage.” To fulfill those goals, Avista is deploying an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), smart grid communications, and distribution automation (DA) devices.
Chip maker Marvell has acquired the intellectual property and assets of Diseno de Sistemas en Silicio S.A. (DS2) which supplies high speed semiconductor solutions for powerline communications. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. An increasing number of homes today are using multiple networks – including simultaneous wired and wireless networks – to support a variety of services. This trend is driving the need for greater bandwidth in the home. Powerline technology converts existing electrical power wiring into a smart, high-speed network, enabling consumers to create an economical “connected home” that can stream virtually any personal or subscription-based digital content to and from any room at high speeds.
The power network and communications technologies are at the heart of utility smart grid deployments but there has been vigorous debate over which will play the primary role.
A new report from Pike Research, “Smart Grid Networking and Communications”, examines the global market opportunity for communication technologies in all areas of smart grid operations, from the utility substation to the home area network.
Despite EnergyAustralia’s growing fiber and WiMAX-based infrastructure in New South Wales, the energy retailer has opted against becoming a retail service provider (RSP) under the National Broadband Network (NBN). EnergyAustralia has established a wide-ranging network consisting of 800km of fiber infrastructure, and is in the process of deploying 140 WiMAX base towers around the state to transmit electricity usage information from smart meters to data collection units and mobile field devices. As part of its winning bid for the