19. October 2015 · Comments Off on Is California’s Latest Move the Next Opportunity for the Internet of Things? · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

New opportunities for the Internet of Things, or IoT, are growing exponentially. Don’t believe it? Just think of how many times you’ve recently heard the word “smart” to describe a new product. But that’s not the only area where you’ll find the IoT gaining traction. Applications for it are growing in the energy sector as well. California sees the value of developing “smart” solutions. The Golden State, with the SunSpec Alliance, recently launched a $4 million project to “investigate the application of interoperable smart inverters, solar PV, and storage to enhance grid stability and enable higher penetration of Distributed Energy Resources.” The study is a vital step in meeting the state mandate of requiring all new solar and battery projects to incorporate smart inverters starting in 2016. Updating the power grid infrastructure has been a long-neglected concern across the nation. In 2013, the World Economic Forum released its Global Competitiveness Report, emphasizing the importance of a reliable power grid — one that provides “electricity supplies that are free from interruptions and shortages so that businesses and factories can work unimpeded.” According the report, the United States ranked 30th among 148 global economies.

Source: Is California’s Latest Move the Next Opportunity for the Internet of Things? — The Motley Fool

18. September 2015 · Comments Off on Smart Grid Networking and Communications: Public and Private, Wired and Wireless Networks for Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Distribution Automation, and Substation Automation · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

If smart grid technology is the path to a greener, more efficient, and reliable power system, then communications technologies can be thought of as the highway that will lead the industry there. And where the road was once narrow, unpaved, and reached only critical substations, today it is being widened and extended to reach all the way to customer premises, as well as accommodate many more and larger travelers (data and applications) moving at ever higher speeds.

Source: Smart Grid Networking and Communications: Public and Private, Wired and Wireless Networks for Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Distribution Automation, and Substation Automation: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts – Reportlinker Review – MarketWatch

21. July 2015 · Comments Off on Renewable energy knows no boundaries · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Utilities have always done what they can to provide reliable power with what the resources they have available to them — and around them. But with numerous transmission lines crossing borders, renewable energy is no longer something that is situational.

Source: Renewable energy knows no boundaries – SmartGridNews

09. January 2015 · Comments Off on Has Texas Instruments Cracked the Self-Powered Internet of Things? · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The Internet of Things, also known as IoT, is all about putting sensors, computing power, and networking everywhere. Some places are very difficult to populate with silicon chips because there’s no good way to supply the necessary electric power. That puts a damper on the growth of IoT devices. Why bother to build the data-crunching machinery if there’s no reliable power source?

via Has Texas Instruments Cracked the Self-Powered Internet of Things? (TXN).

29. May 2014 · Comments Off on Brookhaven Lab smart grid workshop focuses on resiliency during emergencies · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

With extreme weather events on the rise, electric utilities in our region have learned that careful strategic planning is essential to providing reliable power to their customers, including those who provide critical services to others. The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Lab is sponsoring a series of workshops to sustain an ongoing dialogue about the resiliency of the grid, examining the issues involved and acquainting utilities with the technology available to help in the planning process.

via Brookhaven Lab smart grid workshop focuses on resiliency during emergencies.