The CCET project in Lubbock, Texas, marks the first time Xtreme Power's PEAK Series system has used lithium ion batteries from Samsung SDI.
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Portland General Electric (PGE) and Eaton Electrical Service and Systems, an industrial manufacturer, developed the new $23 million project. The initial investment included $178 million in matching funds from the US DOE. There are 15 other such DOE funded smart grids around five states in the Pacific Northwest.
The power center's smart grid system allows PGE to store renewable energy, something that could not be done with previous technology. Software within the grid allows the electric utility to store energy when production costs are low and draw energy from the storage device when prices are higher.
The smart energy grid was developed as part of the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project (PNW-SGDP). The project creates micro-grids to serve areas of several hundred homes and businesses.
(Source: Salem Smart Power Center, Various Other Sources, iTech Post, 22 June, 2013) Contact: EnerDel, Cave Roberts, CEO, (317) 703-1800, email@example.com, www.EnerDel.com
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. The IP was developed in response to the challenges facing electric utilities, including the need to improve reliability, reduce costs, and integrate renewable energy. The portfolio coordinates large numbers of smart grid assets, including demand response, distributed generation, and distributed energy storage typically owned and controlled by customers.
PNNL's development of the technology was funded by DOE's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and the ARRA Act. The Patent Portfolio is based on a single, integrated smart grid model that utilizes an economic signal to automatically balance supply and demand at the lowest possible cost.
PNNL's technology has proven effective in real-world installations, such as the Pacific Northwest GridWise™ Demonstration Project, which PNNL led on Washington State's Olympic Peninsula from 2006 to 2007. A related version of the technology is also being used in the Battelle-led Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, a large-scale project designed to help bring the nation's electric transmission system into the information age.
(Source: Calico Energy Services, 29 Jan., 2013) Contact: Calico Energy Services, Michael Miller, President & COO, (425) 440-0201, www.calicoenergy.com; PNNL, www.pnl.gov
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The report also pointed out NRECA's smart grid initiative among efforts supported by the DOE's Smart Grid Demonstration Program project.
NRECA's Enhanced Demand and Distribution Management Regional demonstration has focused on technologies that could benefit more than 700,000 members in a dozen states.
More than 230 electric co-ops participated in the study. (Source: FERC, ECT Coop, Jan. 8, 2013) Contact: FERC, (202) 502-8200, www.ferc.gov; ECT Coop, (703) 907-5500, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ect.coop
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The study focused on the differences between continents. For instance, in the US, smart grids are mainly used to make variable energy rates possible and to reduce peaks in electricity use. In Europe, the emphasis is on energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions, whereas in some parts of Asia the priority is on improving the reliability of the energy network. Smart grids are an important precondition to making the energy transition possible. Dutch network operators invest approximately €1.5 billion annually in the replacement and expansion of their grids. The Netbeheer Nederland report Networks for the future showed that between €20 and €70 billion extra must be invested before 2050 in order to adapt and 'smarten' the energy grids. It is imperative that these investments be practical. An earlier cost-benefit analysis showed that smart grids are profitable, due to consumer behavioral adaptation in response to variable energy rates as well as to cost savings in the construction of the energy grid.
Before the network operators can decide to make such sizeable investments, it is important that they first gain smaller-scale experience with the different aspects of a smart grid. To that end, the network operators started a number of test sites, where these aspects are tested for feasibility in practice. The experiences are shared among the network operators and with other stakeholders, with the aim of using this knowledge to make the right choices for the future. Now the results of the DNV KEMA study can be used for this purpose as well.
Netbeheer Nederland (the Association of Energy Network Operators in the Netherlands) is the branch organization for all electricity and gas network operators. (Source: DMV, Nov.6, 2012) Contact: DNV KEMA, www.dnvkema.com
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The initiative is a seven-year international collaborative research demonstrating the integration of distributed energy resources (DER) in large scale demonstration projects. In total 23 utilities are participating with a common goal of shared learning covering a wide breadth of technology, deployment, and program results. Case studies include:
During 2012, the highest three priority research topics under investigation are distribution management system (DMS) applications, DMS integration, and cybersecurity for field equipment. (Source: EPRI, Aug. 10, 2012) Contact: EPRI, IntelliGrid, www.smartgrid.epri.com
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The Project demonstration study will be conducted using an existing three-story, 7,000-square meter commercial building with an electric power load near 400 kilowatts (kW). A micro grid (to supply power from the demand side) will be installed in the building from power sources consisting of a 50kW photovoltaic (PV) power generation system, a 240kW gas-engine generator, 80kW fuel cells and a 90kW battery system. By controlling each of these power generation systems, the demonstration study will: perform demand and supply adjustment within the building based on requests from a commercial electric utility supplier; operate the power generation systems according to energy and heat demand within the building itself, and: compensate for power output fluctuations in the PV power generation system of the regional utility company.
U.S. Project participants side include Public Service Company of New Mexico, Sandia National Laboratories(SNL)and the University of New Mexico. In addition, Accenture and Itochu Corporation will respectively undertake Project data management and demonstration site management support.
(Source: NEDO, PR, 21 May, 2012)
LIPA and its partners, Stony Brook University and Farmingdale State College, received a Smart Grid Investment Grant from the DOE to fund the project. They are using this demonstration project to provide a comprehensive assessment of the benefits of smart grid technology. In addition to advanced metering, the utility is interested in solutions to automate and control distribution devices. Deployment of the Gridstream network and advanced meters is scheduled to be completed by June of 2012.
Gridstream RF technology uses a highly versatile and proven radio mesh network to communicate with meters, in-premise devices and distribution automation equipment. Gridstream devices use the Smart Energy Profile standard to enable communication with smart appliances and in-home units. This technology is currently being deployed to millions of residential and commercial sites across North America.
Based in Uniondale, NY, LIPA is a non-profit municipal electric provider that owns and operates the retail electric transmission and distribution system on Long Island and provides electric service to more than 1.1 million customers in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens. LIPA is the second largest municipal electric utility in the nation in terms of electric revenues, third largest in terms of customers served and the seventh largest in terms of electricity delivered. (Source: Landis+Gyr, April, 11, 2012) Contact: Richard Mora, CEO , Landis+Gyr, (678) 258-1500, www.landisgyr.com; LIPA, www.lipower.org
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The purpose of this project is to demonstrate load shifting by charging at night when demand is low, storing power produced from renewable sources in rechargeable batteries, and supplying such power back to the grid when factory facilities and offices face peak demand. MC, MMC and Mitsubishi Electric also expect that utilizing EV batteries and used rechargeable batteries, instead of expensive, dedicated batteries, will lower costs while promoting the environmental-benefits of renewable energy and EVs.
GCN's scope of work includes the installation and operation of a network of smart storage and generation units, known as GreenStations, in the New York City distribution grid that communicate directly with Con Edison.
The GreenStations include multiple PPS 100 kW grid-tied inverters and demand-response inverters, which will function as the interface between the electric grid and the lithium-ion battery system. (Source: Princeton Power Systems, April, 10, 2012)
Contact: Darren Hammel, Executive VP Business Development, Princeton Power Systems, (609) 955-5390, email@example.com, www.princetonpower.com; Green CHarge Networks, Ron Prosser, President and CEO of (347) 384- 2600, www.GreenChargeNet.com
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NorthWestern Energy provides electricity and natural gas to 668,300 customers in 349 cities in the western two-thirds of Montana, eastern South Dakota and central Nebraska. NorthWestern manages approximately 30,500 miles of electrical transmission and distribution lines and 9,375 miles of natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines and storage facilities.
NorthWestern will use the FullMAX™ broadband wireless system to communicate with intelligent network devices including capacitor bank controllers, reclosers, voltage regulators and voltage sensors distributed along remote transmission and distribution electrical lines. Real time communications and control of intelligent grid devices increases electric power quality, reliability and efficiency. NorthWestern's initial FullMAX™ deployment will be located in Philipsburg, Montana and is part of the DOE's Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project coordinated by The Battelle Memorial Institute. (Source: NorthWestern, February 27, 2012)
Contact: NorthWestern Energy, Dan Rausch, Director, NorthWestern Energy, (605) 978-2902, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.northwesternenergy.com
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Saft will be supplying energy-storage systems totaling close to 1 MWh, utilizing the Synerion 24M high-energy lithium-ion batteries. Installation is slated to begin in March.
Con Edison initiated the multi-year demonstration project in 2010 after receiving a U.S. Department of Energy award to identify, develop and test new technologies within the electric delivery system. (Source: Saft, February, 2012) Contact: Con Edison, Maria Robinson, Director, Business Development, (914) 993-2166, email@example.com, www.conddev.com; Saft Batteries, www.saftbatteries.com
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Siemens (NYSE: SI) and TIBCO will provide a fully integrated and secure Smart Grid solution for Con Edison using standards-based software and technologies. Together with Siemens and TIBCO, Con Edison will be able to improve Smart Grid reliability and provide customers with greater visibility, flexibility and value; enhance control capabilities for existing Smart Grid assets and manage daily system peaks via demand response; and determine how to best apply developing technologies.
Implementation of the Smart Grid integration solution began in August 2011. The project is estimated to be completed in May 2013. (Source: Siemens, February 6, 2012)
Contact: , Siemens Smart Grid Division , United States., Thierry Godart, President, www.usa.siemens.com/smartgrid; TIBCO, Murat Sonmez, EVP, Global Field Operations, www.tibco.com; Consolidated Edison, www.coned.com
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MKE and its Korea Smart Grid Institute (KSGI) have been at the forefront of the Korea Smart Grid Roadmap, South Korea's plan to develop and implement a nationwide smart grid by 2030. The MKE and KSGI are currently leading more than 170 South Korean companies in the development and deployment of the Jeju Island Test Bed, a planned 6,000 household smart grid community demonstration project in South Korea, with investments totaling more than $240 million between 2009 and 2013. KSGI is also currently implementing a joint Korea-State of Illinois project to install energy-saving equipment in at least four Chicago buildings with investments of more than $35 million by companies such as LG Electronics and KT Corporation (formerly known as Korea Telecom).
The goal of the partnership between Korea and Hawaii is to develop a memorandum of understanding for a project in Hawaii similar to those mentioned above. Such a partnership would help both partners achieve the mutual goals of smart grid development and deployment, which ultimately improves energy efficiency and promotes economic growth.
The next step outlined in the letter of intent is for both parties to collaborate on a more defined memorandum of understanding by October 31, 2012, which will describe the project partners, scope, location and resource contributions.
This project is in addition to another smart grid demonstration project that is currently taking place on Maui, which was brought forward through an agreement with Japan-based New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) in November of 2011. (Source: Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie, February 4, 2012)
Hitachi will lead and coordinate the project, which is a joint undertaking by the U.S. and Japan and is based on the Japan-U.S. Clean Energy Technologies Action Plan.
Hitachi, Cyber Defense, and Mizhuo will work with the state of Hawaii, Hawaiian Electric Co. Inc., the University of Hawaii and the U.S. national laboratories on the project, which is scheduled to be complete by March 2014. (Source: Hitachi Ltd, November, 3, 2011)Contact: Hitachi, www.hitachi.com; James Shea, CEO, Cyber Defense Institute, (315) 443- 4895, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://cyberdefenseinstitute.net/
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The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project is a $178 million program funded by the U.S. DOE to test and measure new technologies, such as distributed automation (DA) and conservation voltage reduction (CVR), as well as analytical tools for the smart grid.
NorthWestern Energy will test DA and CVR, as well as energy savings associated with demand response and load control. The company will deploy Tendril Network's Tendril Connect. (Source: KEMA, November, 3, 2011)Contact: Dan Rausch, Director, NorthWestern Energy, (605) 978-2902, email@example.com, www.northwesternenergy.com
;Hugo van Nispen, Managing Director,KEMA Americas, (781) 273-5700 (US OFFICE), www.kema.com
; Marie Bahl, Director of Marketing/Communications, Tendril Inc., (303) 468-4445, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tendrilinc.com
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KIUC will be deploying Landis+Gyr's Gridstream™ RF mesh network technology that provides an intelligent communication path with advanced meters, distribution devices and home area networking equipment. About half of the project is being ARRA funded. (Source: Landis&Gyr, October, 19, 2011) Contact: Dilney Bibao, Landis+Gyr, Dilney.email@example.com, www.landisgyr.com
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Synchronized phasor measurements (synchrophasors) provide real-time measurement of electrical quantities across a power system. Applications of synchrophasor measurements include system model validation, determining stability margins, maximizing stable system loading and system-wide disturbance recording. The MoU includes cooperative marketing, educational activities, and an open dialogue to further IEEE standards conformity in global markets.
ICAP is designed to be flexible and participant driven, while creating innovative programs that address industry requirements. In addition, ICAP is focused on bridging IEEE standard development with the conformity assessment activities that accelerate market acceptance and enablement of new products and technologies. (Source: IEEE, October, 5, 2011)
Contact: Peter Lefkin,Managing Director, IEEE Conformity Assessment Program, ICAP, (732) 562-3802, Peter.Lefkin@ieee-isto.org
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Chevrolet and Pecan Street Inc. will team up to provide 100 Chevrolet Volts for lease or purchase to participating residents. This will mark one of the nation's highest residential concentrations of electric vehicles. To date, more than 130 residents within a one-square mile area have signed up to buy or lease a Volt.
Best Buy with Check-It, as well as Intel, Sony and Whirlpool will deploy home services systems that serve as the operating platform for consumer smart grid products and services. These systems can provide consumers with a range of home security, energy management, health care monitoring, home improvement, entertainment and labor-saving services.
Best Buy and Whirlpool will test smart appliances and provide guidance and research collaboration on integrating smart appliances into home services systems to provide enhanced consumer services. Best Buy will work with Whirlpool to install and provision the smart appliances.
SunEdison will lead the research team's work to develop home solar panel charging for the Chevrolet Volts. A number of the SunEdison-led home solar vehicle charging systems will also have in-home batteries, and all systems will integrate into Best Buy/Check-It, Intel, Sony and Whirlpool home services systems.
Landis+Gyr will leverage its smart grid network platform and will install several hundred E350 FOCUS AX smart meters with Smart Energy Profile for smart consumer product connectivity. These meters and the associated communication networking platform will make it possible for the Best Buy/Check-It, Intel, Sony and Whirlpool home services systems to integrate pricing and demand management information from utility distribution systems.
The project aims to demonstrate the reliability, efficiency, and cost benefits of a smarter grid to NRECA members. Participating cooperatives will deploy more than 250,000 pieces of equipment across 12 states, including communication infrastructure and SCADA. (Source: RuggedCom, September, 20, 2011)
Contact: Marzio Pozzuoli, President and CEO, RuggedCom, (905) 856-5288, www.ruggedcom.com; Glenn English, CEO, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, (703) 907-5746, www.nreca.org
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