As part of Puerto Rico’s Smart Grid Initiative, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) has selected PowerNET International in partnership with Amperion to implement a trial broadband solution over high voltage powerlines communications network. The project will allow the island to implement a new communication infrastructure using its existing high-voltage electric power lines and infrastructure.
Cisco’s switches and routers designed for smart grid systems have been selected by EnergyAustralia for its smart grid project. The deal for Cisco is said to worth $7.5Million over three years. The new kit is to facilitate the delivery of a range of business critical services as well as improve mobile computing for field engineers and upgrade the network infrastructure for up to 200 substations.
The UCA International Users Group (UCAIug) announced today that in support of the Smart Grid Testing and Certification Committee (SGTCC) it has completed a preliminary assessment of its IEC 61850 based test program, and has agreed to implement the interoperability test program recommendations of the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP). Successful completion of the assessment process is a key milestone in transitioning towards being an SGIP recognized program supporting Smart Grid interoperability.
Members of the Directors' Club are international, drawn from a range of fields with specialisation in the utility sector. This includes Utilities, Government authorities, and emerging players in the Smart Grid Market.
Like Sprint and GridNet, SmartSynch has teamed up with Verizon to create a Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) Smart Grid solution for the US residential utility market. The Smart Grid solution will relieve utility companies of the pressure of network management. With more than 130 utility customers using SmartSynch’s Smart Grid solution and the country’s largest wireless 3G data supplier, utilities will be able to reach more residential customers.
Watteco and Texas Instruments (TI) have teamed up to collaborate on a new line of ultra-low-power and intelligent communications solution for the next generation of connected appliances. Designed for Smart Grid applications, the system combines Watteco's WPC PLC (Power Line Communication) technology with TI's MSP430 microcontroller (MCU) for low-power energy-management applications. Leveraging each other’s technology the solution will offer an easy to develop platform that enables interoperability between a combination of wireless and PLC devices in the home.
The Group of G20 world leaders meeting on Korea’s Jeju Island to discuss world politics and every thing else that comes with it - especially the need to manage the world’s energy resource more effectively and efficiently will see an end to end Smart Grid solution in Action. It is here on Jeju Island that Korea is developing one to the world's latest Smart Grid infrastructure. The country will showcase to the world its latest electricity management technologies in action, so countries that are in an infancy stage in their implementation will see Korea’s test bed on the island.
The momentum in implementing Smart Grid technology is growing in developed countries. Homes are being fitted with Smart Meters, home owners are installing advance connected solutions that monitor and manage how they use their electricity and gas. To further support this market the Wi-Fi Alliance and HomePlug Powerline Alliance have teamed up in a joint effort to promote the use of their respective technology in these modern digital home.
Intel last month gave a clearer indication of their intention to play a bigger part in the connected home market, with the release of the Intel Home Energy Management Reference Design. Many companies are already using Intel’s Atom processor for the system, but Intel is going a bit further by offering a complete solution in the Intel Home Dashboard proof of concept device.
The UCA International Users Group has release version 2 of the Home Area Network (HAN) system requirement specification (SRS), a document designed to provide the use of open standard to foster interoperability for HAN devices and smart grid applications. SRS v2 is the collaboration over over 130 individuals representing over 80 companies and organizations collaborated for 10 months to complete the project. The document has been approved by the OpenSG Technical Committee and is now available for public use.