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Electronic Design and Manufacturing International has contracted with Arqiva to provide the communications hub for a portion of the smart meter rollout across Scotland and Northern England. The deployment is scheduled to install 53 million meters in 30 million homes and small businesses throughout Great Britain by 2020.
The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) has extended their partnership with Sensus by signing a new, three-year channel collaboration. Through the deal, Sensus smart grid technologies, including the FlexNet advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system, smart meters, automation control, and demand response solutions will be offered to NRTC rural electric co-op members across the United States.
UK Power Networks is collaborating with POD Point, Smarter Grid Solutions, and Imperial College London on the Low Carbon London trial, a new system for charging electric vehicles designed to prepare the city for the widespread use of electric vehicles. Specifically, smart systems are necessary to keep the extra power demand from overloading the electricity system.
A new report by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) found both the energy industry and public support smart meters but believe the benefits of the device need to be communicated clearly and challenges such as misuse of data and concerns over utilities remotely controlling home appliances also need to be addressed.
HCC Embedded has developed an advanced file system, specifically designed to meet the needs of smart-energy and smart-meter applications. According to HCC, the company’s approach “maximizes the life of flash, significantly reduces power consumption, and provides a deterministic ‘emergency write’ function, which reduces cost by allowing the on-board capacitor to be as small as possible. Collectively the file-system features can result in savings of many ‘cents’ for each meter, a highly significant cost reduction in high volume manufacture.”
Centrica has addressed the need for energy diversity and independence as the industry continues to diversify to more sustainable options. The utility notes, “To ensure energy security for the future, the UK must pursue a diverse energy portfolio to reduce reliance on one type of energy. Our 270MW Lincs offshore wind development project has achieved first power and is expected to be fully operational in the second half of 2013, and we have received planning consent for our proposed 580MW Race bank wind farm development. We are also undertaking pre-development work in the largest of the Round 3 Offshore Wind program zones.”
Enel Green Power has announced completion of its first wind farm in Brazil, located in Morro do Chapéu. Called Primavera, the new wind farm is comprised of thirteen 2.3 MW wind turbines with a total installed capacity of 30 MW. The facility is capable of generating more than 145 million kWh per year.
Chauffeur operator Thriev has launched the UK’s first electric vehicle taxi service with a fleet of 20 zero-emission, fully-electric cars manufactured by Chinese company BYD (Build Your Dreams) and powered by a London-wide charging network rolled out by British Gas. The BYD e6 has a range of up to 186 miles.
Opower has introduced the next generation of its thermostat platform featuring support for Honeywell’s Comfort Control API, which extends the platform to additional Honeywell WiFi thermostats. Additionally, another new feature, Set for Savings, incorporates recommendations based on actual energy and billing data to improve the consumption efficiency for thermostats connected to the Opower platform.
Leidos has extended its contract to provide smart-metering services to United Power for another ten years. Under terms of the new deal, Leidos will deploy an additional 20,000 meters to support the Colorado utility’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project. The rollout is expected to be completed by September 2014.
Panoramic Power is collaborating with Connexx Energy to deliver an integrated energy and operational efficiency solution for real estate investment trust (REIT) buildings by combining Panoramic Power’s circuit level energy management solution with the CONNEXXION energy data platform. This system manages energy data across the building enterprise within a cyber-secured environment.
United Power has awarded Leidos the next phase of a 10-year contract to implement an additional 20,000 meters as part of the utility’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project. United Power is a rural electric cooperative that provides service to nearly 70,000 residences and businesses throughout Colorado’s northern Front Range.
E.ON has submitted a planning application to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit for the Quantans Hill wind farm development. The facility, located near Carsphairn in Dumfries and Galloway, be installed with up to 19 turbines that could generate up to 57 megawatts of electricity, which is enough power to service approximately 36,800 homes. This figure is based on an estimated load factor of 31.5 percent using wind speeds at the Quantans Hill Wind Farm site. According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) the average domestic UK household uses 4.266MWh of electricity every year.
Enel Green Power (EGP)’s has initiated the second phase of testing for its R115 marine wave energy converter. Developed by 40South Energy, the device has a nominal capacity of 150 kW and enables integration into the marine environment and ease of maintenance. The fully assembled machine will be launched from the Port of Livorno towards Punta Righini in the Tuscan Archipelago.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced $4.3 million in awards to researchers develop new smart grid technologies, which will providing innovative methods to add clean energy to the grid, enhance grid performance, reduce environmental impacts and energy consumption, and lower costs of getting power to customers.