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Smartening up the grid: challenges for testing technologies

Smartening up the grid: challenges for testing technologies
As the world makes the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, the impact on existing energy infrastructures is significant. New developments such as renewable energy power stations, energy-positive buildings and infrastructures mean that electricity no longer has a unidirectional flow from power stations to consumers. In addition, as local energy generation and private storage facilities increase, there are greater demands on the grid along with new challenges. Anoop Gangadharan, Product Marketing Manager, Yokogawa Europe, explains.
16th July 2018

MIPAQ Pro: the intelligent device for smart grids

MIPAQ Pro: the intelligent device for smart grids
Infineon Technologies AG has optimised its high power intelligent power module (IPM) MIPAQ Pro for the fields of energy storage and smart grid. Customers now profit from complete monitoring and easy scalability of the IPM. Additional features comprise of higher power density, true real time junction temperature detection and secure authentication. An upgraded smart protection and greater design flexibility drastically reduce efforts for the powerstage development and the running system.
20th March 2018

Advanced cloud-based leak detection reporting

Advanced cloud-based leak detection reporting
  H2O Degree has announced its latest advancement in cloud-based, leak detection reporting. Working in tandem with H2O Degree’s wireless water meters, the updated web-based leak detection reports are proving effective in helping apartment building owners dramatically cut their average daily consumption, or ADC.
23rd June 2017


Steps to the smart grid

Steps to the smart grid
Experts estimate that fossil fuels will be completely exhausted in the next century and as a result, there is a global effort to invest in a more diverse range of energy generation techniques. However, substantial investments in smart infrastructure are required to ensure the successful implementation and longevity, of renewable technologies. Adrian Kimberley, Regional Sales Manager for industrial software expert, COPA-DATA UK, discusses the world’s changing energy generation techniques and the infrastructure changes required to introduce renewable technology.
15th March 2017

Big data drives forward the energy transition

Big data drives forward the energy transition
In order to get a more detailed picture of energy flows in the electrical grid, scientists from the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) are looking to use improved, self-learning algorithms. A major research project was launched to this end in February 2017. These algorithms will serve to more accurately forecast consumers' needs and the amount of electricity generated from renewables. Satellite data will also be used to improve feed-in forecasts.
10th March 2017

Connected home v smart home – what is smart?

Connected home v smart home – what is smart?
Everyone is talking about the smart home but there is a lot of disagreement about what that really means. What is a connected device? What is smart? And most importantly, what do end users really need and want? Cees Links of Qorvo, a US-based semiconductor company, explains.
21st October 2016

Technological success with digital electrical network

Technological success with digital electrical network
An electricity distribution network has become a completely digital network in terms of telecommunications, in Toulouse for the first time, with the injection of a 3rd-generation power-line carrier (G3-PLC) on the low- and medium- voltage networks. The telecom signal, tested on a circuit totalling 35km, is capable of travelling more than  10km with the most demanding emission levels and the greatest level of sturdiness.
6th October 2016

Smart technology plays several roles in our future homes

Smart home automation has a lot of discussion focused on the interface and the technology; however it sometimes is far too easy to lose touch with the wider agenda and opportunities from developments around a smart grid. Legrand’s Richard Hayward comments and explains what smart means and the role technology can play in our future homes.
8th August 2016

Communication topology in the smart grid

Communication topology in the smart grid
Texas Instruments explain its G3/PRIME data concentrator options for use in smart grid applications. Today’s Automatic Meter Reading (AMR)/Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) systems using power line communication (PLC) technology are network-based. 
5th August 2016

What is the smart grid?

To help industry better understand the deluge of intelligent devices and systems setting the energy sector alight, EU Automation has produced a concise one page guide about smart technology. Smart technologies are currently taking over both the consumer and industrial automation markets. In the energy sector, this has given birth to smart meters and significant developments towards smart cities running on even smarter grids.
26th July 2016


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