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Enel is working with Svimez, the association for the industrial development of Southern Italy, signed a two-year agreement to work on projects that encourage the development of renewable energy and promote better energy efficiency practices. Both parties have agreed to lend 100 thousand Euros towards the program, which may also receive third party funding.
By Kathleen Tracy The definition of appliance is an electrical device within the home that is time and/or labor saving. It could be argued that the new generation of digitzed, home-connected, power-generating cars are a new kind of appliance. Where automobiles were imagined as an electric horse of sorts completely under human control, car are becoming more automatic and do more than simply move us from point A to point B. At the recent Consumer Electronics show, exhibitors showed off a driverless car that made it clear the stuff of 20th century sci-fi is 21st reality.
SmartEnergy IP has announced the launch of the first of its kind smart grid customer education model, which provides a common framework for utilities to educate customers on the benefits of smart grid as well as encouraging close collaboration and communication between IT, metering, and marketing departments within utilities.
It used to be that yachts and foreign sports cars were a measure of conspicuous consumption. Now it’s all about whose got the smarter appliances. At the recent Consumer electronics Show, Dacor introduced its 30” Discovery iQ, the world’s first wall oven to feature the integrated Discovery iQ Controller for Android.
Enel chief executive officer Fulvio Conti and José Luis Fernàndez Zayas, Executive Director of the Instituto de Investigaciones Eléctricas have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at cooperation in geothermal generation as well as smart grids. The signing ceremony took place in Mexico City at the presidential palace.
Just as home entertainment systems drove cable services in the United States, smart appliances are showing consumers the practical value of wireless technology in ways smart meters can’t. The array of smart appliances on display at the Consumer Electronics Show sometimes seems straight out of The Jetson’s.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has issued an order that will require the state’s major utilities to submit a 10-year grid modernization plan (GMP) by summer 2014 that includes smart metering with advanced functionality such as outage detection and restoration, smart appliance communication and control, and power quality support, and voltage reduction.
The Wi-SUN Alliance, which promotes standards compliance and interoperability testing of smart utility networks, has announced the addition of several new members including Huawei and Cisco Systems, the latter also joining the Wi-SUN Board of Directors alongside existing directors from Analog Devices, Fuji Electric, Murata Manufacturing, Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Omron Corp., Osaki Electric, Renesas Electronics, and Silver Spring Networks.
Iberdrola Renewables has petitioned the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) to build a new wind farm in the state. If approved, the 75.9 megawatt (MW) Wild Meadows Wind Farm would become Iberdrola’s third wind power project in New Hampshire. The previous two facilities became operational in 2008 and 2012.
ReneSola has signed a contract to supply 420MW of solar panels to a leading Japanese-based solar project developer. Specifically, ReneSola’s Virtus II 300W 72-cell high-efficiency polycrystalline PV panels will be installed in more than 10 ground-mounted power plants in the mountain regions of Japan. The PV panels will provide power to the surrounding residential homes.