The Smart Grid Will Transform the Way Your City Works

Rio Operations CenterUrban populations grow larger every day. Researchers predict that nearly 75% of the world’s population will live in cities by the year 2050. As a result of this continued growth, there’s a need — and a demand — for cities to build smarter infrastructures to ensure reliable operations and provide consistent, sustainable energy.

In the digital age, cities are finding technology can help solve problems more quickly.

One of the biggest advancements in this area is smart grid technology. In simple terms, the smart grid is an advanced type of power grid, which is the system used to distribute electrical power throughout a certain region. A smart grid is different, however, in that it actually allows consumers to participate in the distribution of energy, rather than just passively utilizing energy resources.

“When we’re talking about the smart grid, the focus is on information -– data -– and the new interaction, engagement and informed decision-making that data enables, as opposed to the technology itself,” says Michael Valocchi, vice president of global business services at IBM, one of the leading multinational technology and consulting corporations. IBM operates some of the most complex smart grid implementations in the world.

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Frustrated by the French governments slow place in installing EV charging stations, automaker Renault is taking matters into its own hands. Renault will install 1,000 EV chargers at high volume centers like supermarkets and high density parking lots. Renault believes their investment will pay off in the long-run as they essentially kickstart the electric vehicle market and begin providing the necessary infrastructure for its future cars. It’s a risky gamble, but Reanult is left with little choice if they want their customers to buy an electric vehicle that can actually be used. 

thinkahead:

Frustrated by the French governments slow place in installing EV charging stations, automaker Renault is taking matters into its own hands. Renault will install 1,000 EV chargers at high volume centers like supermarkets and high density parking lots. Renault believes their investment will pay off in the long-run as they essentially kickstart the electric vehicle market and begin providing the necessary infrastructure for its future cars. It’s a risky gamble, but Reanult is left with little choice if they want their customers to buy an electric vehicle that can actually be used. 

IBM Expands Smart Grid Work with EV Charging App, EcoGrid Partnership | GreenBiz.com
IBM is teaming up with Swiss utility EKZ to develop a smartphone app that will enable drivers of electric cars  to charge their vehicles and manage energy use with a click of a virtual  button.
The pilot by IBM scientists in the Swiss canton of Zurich is one of  the company’s two most recent moves to advance its market presence in  Europe’s developing smart grid.
IBM said last week that in addition to the partnership with EKZ, the firm has joined the newly formed EcoGrid EU project in Denmark. The project, which is led by a European  Union-funded consortium, is aimed at developing a smart and green energy  grid in which at least 50 percent of energy comes from renewable energy  sources — wind power, solar energy and biogas.

IBM Expands Smart Grid Work with EV Charging App, EcoGrid Partnership | GreenBiz.com

IBM is teaming up with Swiss utility EKZ to develop a smartphone app that will enable drivers of electric cars to charge their vehicles and manage energy use with a click of a virtual button.

The pilot by IBM scientists in the Swiss canton of Zurich is one of the company’s two most recent moves to advance its market presence in Europe’s developing smart grid.

IBM said last week that in addition to the partnership with EKZ, the firm has joined the newly formed EcoGrid EU project in Denmark. The project, which is led by a European Union-funded consortium, is aimed at developing a smart and green energy grid in which at least 50 percent of energy comes from renewable energy sources — wind power, solar energy and biogas.

In the movie “The Graduate”, Dustin Hoffman’s character was told that the future was in plastics. Today, he’d be told that the future is in data analytics. Just like many other business sectors are discovering, analytics will play an increasingly significant role in the management of Smart Grid networks. (via The Big Role for Data Analytics in the Smart Grid | The Energy Collective)

In the movie “The Graduate”, Dustin Hoffman’s character was told that the future was in plastics. Today, he’d be told that the future is in data analytics. Just like many other business sectors are discovering, analytics will play an increasingly significant role in the management of Smart Grid networks. (via The Big Role for Data Analytics in the Smart Grid | The Energy Collective)

Duke Energy embraces cellular for smart grid | GigaOM
Duke Energy is turning to cellular networks as the backbone for its  smart grid. The utility detailed the network plan in a white paper released earlier this month, and revealed one of the most aggressive uses of cellular networks by the utility industry in the U.S.
In the white paper Duke Energy’s Manager of Technology Development  David Masters wrote that Duke plans to invest $1 billion into digital  grid technologies, and the utility decided to rely heavily on already  available networks like cellular connections for a variety of reasons.  These reasons include: cellular networks are based on existing standards  that have been used extensively, carriers will continue to invest in  the network infrastructure to the benefit of the utility, and carriers  use Internet Protocol as the transport layer. In addition, one of the  most compelling reasons Masters writes:

Duke Energy has no desire to be in the communications  business. We need to harness already- existing expertise and  capabilities that the cellular networks provide in designing, building,  and maintaining the communications.

Duke Energy embraces cellular for smart grid | GigaOM

Duke Energy is turning to cellular networks as the backbone for its smart grid. The utility detailed the network plan in a white paper released earlier this month, and revealed one of the most aggressive uses of cellular networks by the utility industry in the U.S.

In the white paper Duke Energy’s Manager of Technology Development David Masters wrote that Duke plans to invest $1 billion into digital grid technologies, and the utility decided to rely heavily on already available networks like cellular connections for a variety of reasons. These reasons include: cellular networks are based on existing standards that have been used extensively, carriers will continue to invest in the network infrastructure to the benefit of the utility, and carriers use Internet Protocol as the transport layer. In addition, one of the most compelling reasons Masters writes:

Duke Energy has no desire to be in the communications business. We need to harness already- existing expertise and capabilities that the cellular networks provide in designing, building, and maintaining the communications.

Smart software for self-regulating smart grid
Siemens and the utility company Allgauer Uberlandwerk (AUW) in  the city of Kempten, Germany, are testing the smart grids of the future.  The tests focus on optimized power distribution and the use of a  self-organizing energy automation system for efficient network  operation. 
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Smart software for self-regulating smart grid

Siemens and the utility company Allgauer Uberlandwerk (AUW) in the city of Kempten, Germany, are testing the smart grids of the future. The tests focus on optimized power distribution and the use of a self-organizing energy automation system for efficient network operation.

Source: Physorg.com
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SAE and Zigbee team up to make plug-in cars charge smarter
We’re no strangers to Zigbee around these parts, using the various Alliance-certified devices to monitor our power usage and let our refrigerators talk to our washing machines. Soon our cars might be able to get in on that little conversation with the Zigbee Alliance and SAE International starting to work together. SAE develops standards and certifications in the automotive industry (amongst many others) and it embracing Zigbee Smart Energy means that we should see many more auto manufacturers adopting this tech to enable their cars to talk to the grid straight through their plugs. They’ll be able to do things like provide charging status updates and to pull down utility pricing information, ensuring your ride charges when rates are lowest. Many current and most upcoming electric cars can do this sort of thing, but they rely on wireless data connectivity to do so. Zigbee would eliminate that. No word on which manufacturers will jump on first, but given the pull the SAE has we think many will. 
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SAE and Zigbee team up to make plug-in cars charge smarter

We’re no strangers to Zigbee around these parts, using the various Alliance-certified devices to monitor our power usage and let our refrigerators talk to our washing machines. Soon our cars might be able to get in on that little conversation with the Zigbee Alliance and SAE International starting to work together. SAE develops standards and certifications in the automotive industry (amongst many others) and it embracing Zigbee Smart Energy means that we should see many more auto manufacturers adopting this tech to enable their cars to talk to the grid straight through their plugs. They’ll be able to do things like provide charging status updates and to pull down utility pricing information, ensuring your ride charges when rates are lowest. Many current and most upcoming electric cars can do this sort of thing, but they rely on wireless data connectivity to do so. Zigbee would eliminate that. No word on which manufacturers will jump on first, but given the pull the SAE has we think many will. 

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IBM Study: Electric Cars Stir Interest But Face Obstacles
Nearly one-fifth of drivers are likely to consider an electric vehicle 
Drivers reluctant to bear the cost of home charging

Many automobile industry executives believe that sales of traditional vehicles will peak before 2020 and are looking to electric-only vehicles (EVs) as one of the next hot products, but they will first have to address stringent consumer requirements about EV performance, recharging, and convenience, according to a new IBM (NYSE: IBM) survey of consumer attitudes and a recent study of auto industry executives.
Taken together, the two studies uncover significant differences between the automobile industry executives IBM spoke to and consumers on the factors motivating consumers to purchase electric vehicles, with auto execs placing greater emphasis than consumers on government incentives and oil prices. The executives were also skeptical of consumers’ willingness to pay a premium for green vehicles. 

IBM Study: Electric Cars Stir Interest But Face Obstacles

  • Nearly one-fifth of drivers are likely to consider an electric vehicle 
  • Drivers reluctant to bear the cost of home charging

Many automobile industry executives believe that sales of traditional vehicles will peak before 2020 and are looking to electric-only vehicles (EVs) as one of the next hot products, but they will first have to address stringent consumer requirements about EV performance, recharging, and convenience, according to a new IBM (NYSE: IBM) survey of consumer attitudes and a recent study of auto industry executives.

Taken together, the two studies uncover significant differences between the automobile industry executives IBM spoke to and consumers on the factors motivating consumers to purchase electric vehicles, with auto execs placing greater emphasis than consumers on government incentives and oil prices. The executives were also skeptical of consumers’ willingness to pay a premium for green vehicles. 

Viridity Energy Raises $14 Million To Turn Power Consumers Into Producers
Founded in 2008, Viridity Energy offers “distributed demand management software, systems and services,” that can turn very energy-consuming businesses into producers and sellers of power back to the grid. Viridity’s technology can also help companies get paid to control and reduce their energy consumption. The company’s customers to-date have been retailers, hospitals, universities and various military and government agencies. In Philadelphia, Viridity set up systems for the transit authority (SEPTA) that capture energy released by braking, electric subway trains, and store it in rail-side battery arrays, routing the power back through the third rail to reuse it for trains’ acceleration. 

Viridity Energy Raises $14 Million To Turn Power Consumers Into Producers

Founded in 2008, Viridity Energy offers “distributed demand management software, systems and services,” that can turn very energy-consuming businesses into producers and sellers of power back to the grid. Viridity’s technology can also help companies get paid to control and reduce their energy consumption. The company’s customers to-date have been retailers, hospitals, universities and various military and government agencies. In Philadelphia, Viridity set up systems for the transit authority (SEPTA) that capture energy released by braking, electric subway trains, and store it in rail-side battery arrays, routing the power back through the third rail to reuse it for trains’ acceleration. 

Firing Up The $1 Trillion Network | Government & Policy | Chemical & Engineering News
“The smart grid is the result of the intersection of several simultaneous events,” Von Dollen says. “One is the communication and information technology revolution that has completely transformed other industries with sensors, monitors, and wireless communication systems. The other is the need of the electricity industry to start moving away from fossil fuels to be mindful of carbon dioxide emissions and to encourage more efficient use of electricity,” he explains. “The smart grid means we will be able to count more on renewable energy and distributed energy sources for the future,” he adds.

Firing Up The $1 Trillion Network | Government & Policy | Chemical & Engineering News

“The smart grid is the result of the intersection of several simultaneous events,” Von Dollen says. “One is the communication and information technology revolution that has completely transformed other industries with sensors, monitors, and wireless communication systems. The other is the need of the electricity industry to start moving away from fossil fuels to be mindful of carbon dioxide emissions and to encourage more efficient use of electricity,” he explains. “The smart grid means we will be able to count more on renewable energy and distributed energy sources for the future,” he adds.

CES: Green Plug plugs digital, efficient power supply | CNET

It’s time to digitize power supplies to make them smart enough to work with multiple devices and draw just the power electronics need, according to Green Plug.

Green Plug on Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics Show introduced its Green Power Process, which it said will be available in the second quarter this year.

A concept design of a universal power supply which would optimize power delivery to multiple electronic gadgets.

A concept design of a universal power supply which would optimize power delivery to multiple electronic gadgets.

(Credit: Green Plug)

The Green Power Processor is a chip designed for digital power supplies, which are meant to be more versatile and efficient than existing analog power adapters.

When built into a power supply, the processor can detect how much voltage and power a gadget, such as a PC or TV, needs from the grid. That allows electronics to use less energy overall than analog power suppliers and eliminate stand-by or vampire power.

Green Plug is marketing this processor to power supply manufacturers as a way to improve energy efficiency. Power adapters, or supplies, convert alternating current from the grid to the direct current that electronics use.



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