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Serving the Power Grid

February 2016
FERC's revised critical infrastructure protection demands active vigilance

incidents reported by sector

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved advancements to Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards that address cybersecurity of the bulk electric system. The CIP Version 5 standards require that responsible entities actively consider the BES security
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02/22/2016
IAR Systems, a leading vendor of development tools for embedded systems, invites visitors of embedded world 2016 to a series of seminars focused on building a smarter world, while ensuring deliverability and efficient workflows. The seminars take place in the IAR Connect™ booth 4-102 on Tuesday,
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02/19/2016
The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Safety & Compliance Technical Committee is sponsoring the first-ever APEC Industry Session dealing with important safety and compliance issues affecting power electronics professionals. The session will take place at APEC 2016 on Thursday, March 24, 2016,
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02/19/2016

Boeing delivers reversible solid-oxide fuel cell energy storage system to the U.S. Navy for testing

SOFC system

After 16 months of development, Boeing has delivered a fuel cell energy storage system to the U.S. Navy for testing. The cell is being tested to determine its ability to support the energy needs of military and commercial customers. The system is the first of its kind using a technology called a “reversible
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02/16/2016
HMS' IIoT gateways allow industrial equipment to communicate with power grids

Anybus SG-gateway

HMS Industrial Networks introduced a family of Industrial IoT gateways for Smart Grid applications. The Anybus SG-gateways enable communication between industrial applications and energy protocols. This communication is the very basis for the so called “Smart Grid” where power plants and energy equipment
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02/16/2016
The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Alternative Energy Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2016 titled, “Alternative Energy in High Penetration Areas.” Its goal is to provide a broad overview of the challenges faced by the renewable energy industry as alternative energy sources
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02/12/2016
Are industrial control systems the latest weapon in modern warfare?

Barry Mattacott

Are industrial control and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems the new frontier, not just for cyber-crime but also for cyberwar? Until recently, when you were at war with a country, you sent in your bombers. First they hit the military targets. Once they had finished those off, they would
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02/10/2016
Research sponsored by Vector Software, a leading provider of innovative software solutions for robust embedded software quality, reveals that as the world around us increasingly becomes more dependent on products whose functionality is controlled by software -- and the demand for improved product quality and
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02/09/2016
Heliatek sets record organic photovoltaic efficiency of 13.2%

Heliafilm solar film

Heliatek R&D teams reached a record conversion efficiency of 13.2% for an OPV multi-junction cell, setting a new world record for the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity using organic photovoltaic cells. The measurement was independently confirmed by Fraunhofer CSP. Thanks to
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02/08/2016
AMETEK announced that it has completed two acquisitions: Brookfield Engineering, a leading manufacturer of viscometers and rheometers, and ESP/SurgeX, a leader in energy intelligence and power protection solutions. “Brookfield Engineering and ESP/SurgeX are excellent acquisitions and strong additions
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02/05/2016
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), who collaborate with the Max Planck Institute in Germany on the Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) fusion energy reactor, congratulated the team for starting its scientific investigations on fusion energy by producing its first hydrogen
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02/04/2016
Eltek unveils the Rectiverter bi-directional AC/DC power system

Rectiverter

Eltek is today announcing the launch of the Rectiverter, a power conversion module combining the functions of a rectifier, an inverter and a "static transfer switch" in one. The Rectiverter is a 3-port bidirectional converter that simplifies solutions providing both AC and DC power to critical loads
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02/03/2016
New version of Tesla Powerwall is coming in summer 2016

Tesla Powerwall

The news of a new version of the Tesla Powerwall came in the form of a video posted Feb. 1 showing CEO Elon Musk answering questions from Tesla vehicle owners at a private event in Paris, France on Jan. 29. “We are coming out with the version 2 of the Powerwall probably around July or August of
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02/03/2016
Bob White to host PMBus 1.3 seminar at APEC 2016

Bob White

Since being introduced in 2005 the PMBus power management protocol has been widely adopted and is the accepted standard for digital power management. Bob White’s three hour seminar will provide a detailed look at two major features introduced in the recent Revision 1.3, Zone Protocols and the AVSBus, as well
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02/01/2016
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