BMW is collaborating with AT&T and Tendril to launch the BMW i Born Electric Tour Hackathon, an event that will allow developers to create software solutions that will interlink electric vehicles (EV), mobile devices and the home. The seven-city event is expected to hightlight BMW’s sustainable and holistic approach to technology and lifestyle and at the same time creating innovative solutions for the future connected home.
UK Power Networks, one to the companies selected by OFGEM to participate in its UK Smart Grid Projects is to fund the installation of free Electric Vehicle (EV) charging points in London for residents and businesses. The trial is design to study the effect of EV charge points use on Britain’s electric grid infrastructure and to enable the vehicles to be recharged conveniently in London, both at home and on the street.
At this year’s Metering, Billing/CRM Europe Freescale is showcasing a new generation of its Kinetis wireless solutions that offers dual-PAN (personal area network) functionality. The Kinetis KW20 wireless microcontrollers (KW21D256V, KW21D512V and KW22D512V) will allow a single device to seamlessly connect and actively participate in two separate networks.
Eidsiva Nett as become the first Norwegian company to use eMeter's EnergyIP Platform and selected Applications as their meter data management platform and energy Analytics solution. eMeter, a subsidery of Siemens Business provides software that enables electric, gas and water utilities to realize the full benefits of Smart Grid.
The new solution will replace Eidsiva Nett's current meter data management system, and will be a crucial part in order to build a smarter grid in the regions Eidsiva operates.
Five key stakeholders in the Dutch energy landscape, Liander, Siemens, KPN, TNO and TenneT, are joining forces at this year’s Metering, Billing/CRM Europe with an “Energy Experience” on the exhibition floor, which will demonstrate how smart grids are changing industry and society.
The smart grids industry continues its upward trajectory despite economic crises reverberating throughout Europe, says Aida Mezit, project director of the upcoming Transmission & Distribution/Smart Grids Europe conference and expo in Amsterdam. It forms part of the annual Metering, Billing/CRM Europe, a gathering of some 6500 utility professionals in October at what has become the largest industry event on the continent.
Some 6500 utility professionals will gather in Amsterdam in October for the annual Metering, Billing/CRM Europe at what has become the largest industry conference and exhibition on the continent. “The traditional, centralised energy sector is experiencing a seismic shift in the way electricity is produced, managed and consumed,” says Metering Europe director Aida Mezit, “and increasing demand, security of supply and the growing concerns over climate change are pushing for developments of smart grid and energy efficiency behaviour.”
Bahrain's Oil and Gas Authority in partnership with Bahrain Petroleum Company, Petra Solar and Caspian Energy Holdings are building a five megawatt solar smart grid project in the Awali area. The project is a first of its kind in Bahrain and the Middle East region and aims to transform Bahrain's energy sector to rely less on non-renewable energy sources.
British Gas has selected AlertMe to offer what it calls “Personalised Energy Efficiency Advice Service” (PEEAS) to its smart meter customers in the UK. Under the agreement, data from customers smart meters will be manage and analyse by AlertMe to help customers manage their energy. According to AlertMe they will be conducting a pilot of up to 10,000 homes starting this summer.
The Asian smart grid market of China, Japan and South Korea together are set to more than double to US$19 billion by 2016, according to a research report by GTM Research. The report Titled “The Smart Grid in Asia, 2012-2016: Markets, Technologies and Strategies”, looks at the cumulative smart gird market of all three countries and provide a five year forecast.