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)
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