Smart Power Grid

December 2013
Maxwell Technologies, a leading developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitor-based energy storage products, announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SK Innovation, a subsidiary of SK Holdings and Korea’s leading energy provider, to develop next generation energy storage solutions leveraging
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12/20/2013
Officials from the Albany County Sewer District and New York State on Wednesday unveiled a multi-stage combined heat and power system that will save the county an estimated $400,000 per year. This $8.6 million Organic Rankine Cycle heat-to-energy technology was recently installed at the North Plant and
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12/19/2013
Globally, economic and political circumstances are reshaping power systems in favor of those that operate with greater flexibility and efficiency and incorporate renewable energy and demand response. Coal, which is widely perceived to provide only baseload power generation, remains a critical component in most
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12/19/2013

ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, has won orders worth around $75 million from Hydro-Québec, the utility in eastern Canada, and National Grid, the utility in New England, USA, to refurbish three high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter stations. The multi-terminal HVDC link
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12/18/2013
CPL has recently inaugurated the largest agricultural biomass biogas power plant in Italy. Nine hectors of ground area, Four 1 MWe power stations, for a total of 4 MWe generated electricity for 10,000 households a year at zero emissions. The largest agricultural biomass for biogas power production
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12/15/2013
Silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductor technology has now reached a point in its evolution where SiC power devices can serve as the catalyst for a new generation of ultra-efficient power electronics systems, especially in the emerging market for small- to medium-sized solar power inverters.  Several
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12/14/2013
From the North East blackout of 2003 to last year’s Super Storm Sandy, we’ve learned the hard way that our 100-year-old-plus electricity grid is lacking the intelligence to effectively respond to power outages and disturbances. Here are a couple of key points to consider that call out for the need for a
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12/13/2013
Keep the autocorrect apocalypse from coming

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

Our society, already in the throes of integrating multiple disruptive technologies simultaneously, must also integrate the myriad byproducts and their impact as well. We take for granted that the future will be a web of inter-communicating smart devices within a cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure
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12/13/2013
Energy Measurement Fulfills Promises of the Smart Grid

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Figure 1. The reference design board, MAXREFDES14.

Measuring electrical power consumption—dynamic current and voltage—is a fundamental requirement of many high-precision applications like electric vehicle charging stations, industrial control and automation systems, data centers, smart home appliances, solar inverters, street lighting, distribution automation,
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12/12/2013
According to a recently released report by the Solar Energy Industries Association, the third quarter of 2013 was the second largest on record for the U.S. solar industry, and new solar electric capacity added this year will generate enough clean energy to power more than 850,000 average American homes. Here
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12/11/2013
42 Technology develops novel technology for low cost polyphase metering

2 Technology’s new polyphase metering technology

42 Technology (42T) announced a novel technology for more robust and accurate polyphase metering with system costs estimated at up to 30% lower than currently available solutions. This breakthrough approach uses a resistive sensing topology, which is already the preferred approach for single phase meters on
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12/10/2013
AEG Power Solutions (AEG PS), a provider of power electronics for renewable energies, and its subsidiary skytron energy, a leader in monitoring and control solutions for utility-scale renewable energy power plants, announced the successful deployment of a 5.8 MWp commercial PV installation for PPA Partners in
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12/06/2013
An increase in smart meter deployments will see the global market for wireless communication modules approximately double in value over the coming years, jumping from $532m in 2012 to $1.3 billion in 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 12%, according to the latest report from research and consulting
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12/06/2013