Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq:SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, announced today that its LoRa™ RF wireless technology has been widely adopted by many metering companies in China to scale metering deployments domestically and internationally. Metering companies in China were some of the early adopters of LoRa technology, and most of the major suppliers in the region design and ship LoRa-equipped meters to companies around the world.
The US Energy Storage Market for Residential Solar and Commercial Solar is poised to grow significantly over the next five years according to a recently published research report by GTM Research/ESA U.S. Energy Storage Monitor. Total US energy storage deployments grew 243% between 2014 to 2015; from 65 MW to 221 MW, and represents just the beginning of what is forecast to be a strong period of growth. Behind the meter storage (i.e. not a utility company) grew almost five times in the last four years (see chart).
The United States just experienced its largest quarter for energy storage deployments since the fourth quarter of 2012.According to GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association (ESA), the U.S. deployed 60.3 megawatts of energy storage capacity in the third quarter of the year. This represents 53.1 megawatt-hours.
ARM is releasing a new suite of products to accelerate secure IoT technology deployments at scale by businesses. The ARM [® ] mbed™ IoT Device Platform products and technologies will be unveiled at ARM TechCon 2015, Santa Clara, CA, from 10-12 Nov. The release includes mbed Device Connector, a free service that businesses can use to connect and securely manage IoT devices. It also includes the enhanced mbed OS (Technology Preview version) and new mbed Reference Designs. The products will shorten hardware design time, giving innovators greater ability to focus on product differentiation.
Unlike their fierce competition in the O2O (online-to-offline) market, China’s leading internet giants Baidu, Tencent and Alibaba (often referred to collectively as BAT) are quietly proceeding with deployments in smart hardware devices to build a solid presence in the huge Internet of Things (IoT) market, reports Shanghai’s China Business News.
Opower OPWR 0.17%, the global leader in cloud-based software for the utility industry, today announced that it is expanding its innovative Behavioral Demand Response (BDR) product to 1.5 million homes this summer. Having completed a series of successful deployments over the last two years, Opower will deploy the solution to twice as many utilities in 2015 including ComEd, BGE, Glendale Water & Power, and large IOUs in the Midwest and California.
Although most utilities view microgrids as a threat, a small but growing number view utility distribution microgrids (UDM, a microgrid they own and operate) as the next logical extension of their efforts to deploy smart grid technology, Navigant Research has found.
Utility deployments, and even those utilities investigating UDM, are still a small piece of the pie; however, this emerging market has picked up in key regions such as North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. The overall UDM market represents significant investment opportunities for both regulated and unregulated utilities, Navigant contends.
The U.S. energy storage market grew more than 40 percent in 2014, according to a joint research partnership between GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association (ESA). Over the course of the year, 180 storage installations came online, representing 61.9 megawatts of capacity — up from 44.2 megawatts in 2013.
Ninety percent of new U.S. energy storage capacity was in front of the meter, while 10 percent was behind the meter at residential or non-residential (commercial, education, military or non-profit) sites, according to the energy storage report; however, both behind-the-meter segments saw a drastic increase in deployments in the fourth quarter of 2014.
New offerings and relationships from Intel are aimed at making it easier for solution providers to move IoT from pockets of pilots to mainstream deployments with a repeatable foundation of building blocks that can be customized for limitless solutions. Data should be unlocked faster to extract meaningful information and value for consumers and businesses.
The new Intel IoT Platform is designed to unify and simplify connectivity and security for the Internet of Things (IoT). Intel also introduced integrated hardware and software products based on the new platform and new relationships with an expanded ecosystem of system integrators that promise to move IoT from infancy to mass deployment.
Much of the media focus on IoT has been on connected devices like smart appliances, wearable devices, and other novelties. However, at Cisco’s Internet of Things World Forum in Chicago last month, a number of complex deployments that have transformed cities or businesses were highlighted. Here are 10 of the more interesting deployments.