MERGE, which stands for ‘Mobile Energy Resources in Grids of Electricity’, is a €4.5m, 16 partner consortium project that includes utilities regulators, commercial organizations and universities with interests in the power generation, automotive, electronic commerce and hybrid and electric vehicle sectors across the entire European Union. This major two-year research initiative aims to prepare Europe […]
Communications, protection from lightning, accurate power measurements, security considerations and designing for tomorrow’s smart home were among the many topics discussed in...
The IEEE announced the ratification of the IEEE 1901TM Broadband over Power Line (BPL) standard. Sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society, this globally recognized BPL standard will be a key enabling technology for a wide range of applications including smart energy, transportation and Local Area Networks (LANs) in both the home and the enterprise. Networking […]
PowerSines Ltd., a global provider of energy efficiency and energy saving systems, announced the launch of the universal Commercial Efficiency Controller (ComEC). ComEC controls and stabilizes the voltage to all electric loads in commercial applications resulting in immediate energy savings of up to 18%. ComEC is an energy efficiency system based on a field-proven voltage […]
Itron ERT meters can now connect instantly to the Smart Grid with Digi International’s new ERT/Ethernet Gateway and ERT/Smart Energy Bridge. The products enable easy online access to gas, water, and electric metering data for Itron’s widely deployed ERT meters. And with Digi X-Grid™ utilities can leverage the data to offer a range of energy […]
The EMerge Alliance– an open industry association leading the rapid adoption of safe direct-current (dc) power distribution standards for commercial buildings –...
STMicroelectronics (ST) announced that Carmelo Papa, Executive Vice President and General Manager of ST’s Industrial and Multisegment Sector, has been appointed Chairman of EPoSS (European Platform on Smart Systems. Papa will continue in his role at ST, which includes overall responsibility for developing a wide range of products including MEMS sensors, power and analog chips, […]
STMicroelectronics (ST) announced what it describes as an innovation for solar panels aimed at allowing more of the energy from each cell to reach the power grid. The innovation replaces the simple bypass diode with an intelligent device that enhances efficiency and offers the same package outline. The new device can deliver a fast Return-On-Investment, […]
IBM added new software and services to its portfolio of solutions aimed at creating sustainable enterprises and smarter urban infrastructures. The new offerings, piloted in-house by IBM, help owners and managers of commercial buildings leverage the latest efficiency technologies and compliance systems to deliver economic, operational and environmental benefits. IBM also announced that Autodesk has […]
Toyota Motor Corp. (TMC) announced the development of the TOYOTA Smart Center, a system that links homes, vehicles, electric power companies and users, and enables integrated control of energy consumption. TMC developed the system as a part of its smart-grid initiatives, which are intended to support efficient energy use toward the realization of a low-carbon […]
Honeywell announced that Dan Sheflin, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions (ACS), has been named Chairman of the Smart Grid Advisory Committee of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST is the federal organization with primary responsibility to coordinate the development of protocols and standards for the […]
TPL, Inc. announced that the patented EnerPak™ energy harvesting power management systems have successfully completed two years of field-testing. Several EnerPak systems are powering a network of wireless measurement sensors that monitor the performance of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6)-insulated components. These components are at a power substation owned by Public Service of New Mexico (PNM), New […]
Leaders of seven national smart grid organizations officially launched the Global Smart Grid Federation, an international organization to promote best practices and to help accelerate the deployment of smart grid around the world. Founding members of GSGF are national smart grid policy or advocacy organizations, represented by their respective chairman, president or equivalent officer on […]
Microsemi announced that its ASIC design services group has developed a device for smart metering applications that integrates all power-management functions into one application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). The device is the first of a planned family of both custom and standard products for advanced metering and other Smart Grid applications. Itron, a leading provider of […]
Echelon Corp. announced that it has partnered with the Energy Services Network Association (ESNA), a non-profit corporation composed of utilities, manufacturers, and integrators, to publish and standardize the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) as a European and International standard. OSGP is the protocol used by Echelon’s Networked Energy Services (NES) System, a market leading smart […]