smart grid infrastructure Articles

  • What the heck is a smart grid anyway?

    You know the old adage, ‘Never talk about politics or religion in polite company’? I’m beginning to think we need to add a third restraint, one against debate over the meaning of smart grid.Okay, it’s not exactly a dinnertime topic. But I’ve discovered in gatherings of energy nerds (I’m one), discussion can become fairly heated over what constitutes “smart grid.”On the one side are the ...

  • Smart grid: How big is big?

    A Cisco executive attracted some eye rolling after commenting that smart grid could be “even bigger than the Internet.” But the statement isn’t farfetched when you think about what smart grid encompasses: a convergence of three industry giants: information technology, telecommunications and the electric grid, the world’s biggest machine. A report this week by Greentech Media made clear just how ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • State of the Smart Grid Business in 2013

    Smart Grid sales across the world in the last 3 years at installed prices have grown by CAGR of approx. 35% and climbed to $36.5 billion in 2012. Given the general global economic demise during this period these figures are remarkable. However they include a steady flow of refurbishment business that has for more than 10 years incrementally improved and smartened up the control and reliability of ...

  • Community-coupled microgrids for the implementation of a smart grid in Tunisia

    Smart grids are based on the use of ICT in order to optimise the quality and the cost of electricity generation, transport and distribution. Developing countries try to upgrade their electric grids to meet the evolving needs of the end consumers and face the energy challenge. The study of smart grid instauration in such countries must consider the disparity in terms of ICT infrastructures across ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Smart Grid Deployment Critical for Clean Energy Future

    A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) says the widespread deployment of “smart grids” – networks that monitor and manage the transport of electricity from all generation sources to meet the varying electricity demands of end users – is crucial to achieving a more secure and sustainable energy future. With current trends in the supply and use of energy ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • White Paper: Energy Superhighway Will Be Crucial to Successful Delivery and Management of Energy Services

    Rrecent white paper from Navigant Research provides a far-reaching view of the connectivity needs of electric utilities, exploring approaches and technologies, with case studies of projects designed to develop an Energy Superhighway. Over the last decade, with the advent of smart grid technology, ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Supporting sustainability through smart infrastructures: the case for the city of Amsterdam

    With more than half the world's population living in densely populated cities, cities are the best platform to share energy, ideas and enthusiasm to build a movement towards a more sustainable future, enabled by a new generation of grids. Some of the key questions are how to create initiatives with substantial impact to reach sustainable energy and carbon reduction goals, how can cities mobilise ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • GE expands smart grid offering through acquisition of Opal Software

    GE Energy (Atlanta, GA) has moved to strengthen its offering in the smart grid infrastructure market through the acquisition of Australia-based Opal Software, a specialist in data migration and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) simulation. “Opal Software’s products and project management services are integral to the delivery of GE Energy projects,” said ...

  • Joint Venture Designed to Speed Up Smart Grid Adoption

      Today’s utilities face unprecedented challenges to improve performance and efficiency at a time when infrastructure costs are up, energy consumption is down and regulatory policy is uncertain. ...


  • Smart Grid Business Thrived in 2012 but Framework to make it Sustainable still not in Place

    World Smart Grid sales at installed prices climbed to $36.5 billion in 2012 a growth of 30% on 2011 and M&A activity reached $19.5 billion almost doubling the value of deals in the previous year according to our latest report – http://www.memoori.com/portfolio/the-smart-grid-business-2012-to-2017/ The report shows that solid progress has been made in the last 3 years to take Smart Grid ...

  • Optimisation of PHEV/EV charging infrastructures: a review

    Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) or electric vehicle (EV) has the potential to facilitate the energy and environmental aspects of personal transportation, but face a hurdle of access to charging system. The charging infrastructure has its own complexities when it is compared with petrol stations because of the involvement of the different charging alternatives. As a result, the topic ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Adding Big Data and Analytics to the Smart Building Equation

    Continuing our series of articles on Innovation we talked to Dave Bartlett, Vice President, IBM Smarter Physical Infrastructure, about IBM’s vision for the Smart Building market and the key emerging technologies. There seem to be many definitions of ‘Smart’ Buildings. How do you define ‘Smart’ and what is IBM’s vision for this market? Is it just about reducing ...

  • Why smart utilities are embracing distributed electricity

    Power companies that take initiative now can position themselves for a bright future in tomorrow’s clean energy economy The growth of distributed energy generation, particularly in the form of solar energy, leaves the aging, monopolistic electric utility system a daunting choice: Come out swinging in defense of the status quo or boldly jump into the cockpit, put on the ...


    By Ensia

  • A complex network approach for identifying vulnerabilities of the medium and low voltage grid

    The vision behind the smart grid promises, among other things, to bring more attention to the lower layers of the distribution network where users are gradually transforming into prosumers. Independent of this transformation, users will expect the same (or higher) level of reliability of the infrastructure. In this paper, we consider physical samples from the Dutch medium and low voltage network ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Rethinking Big Water - Is It Time For A New Approach To Municipal Water Infrastructure?

    Las Vegas has long served as a stereotype of human excess: gambling, drinking, sex, all-you-can-eat buffets. But the latest chapter is playing out away from the Strip, in the part of the valley where two decades of booming development have swelled the population to 2 million residents who rely on a dwindling water supply. Ninety percent of the southwestern U.S. city’s drinking water comes ...


    By Ceres

  • Exclusive Interview with Andreas Umbach, President & CEO, Landis+Gyr, Switzerland

    Exclusive Interview with Andreas Umbach, President & CEO, Landis+Gyr, Switzerland. Landis+Gyr is Platinum Sponsor of European Utility Week 2013. Smart Grid developments are happening at quite a pace within Europe and the ...


    By Synergy Events

  • Hot sectors for energy efficiency

    It’s clear that the energy efficiency industry is undergoing an unprecedented boom, spurred by state and federal support and movement toward a smarter grid. But for those in the industry, where exactly can the new business – and the jobs – be found?Two new reports by Colorado-based Pike Research shed some light.After years of focusing on bringing efficiency to manufacturing, policymakers are ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • Is green energy our new plastics industry?

    If The Graduate were written today, Mr. McGuire’s career tip to Benjamin probably would have been “green,” rather than “plastics.” But it’s likely Benjamin would have responded in the same quizzical way: “Just how do you mean that, sir?” It was difficult to envision the vast number of new products, businesses and careers that would emerge from the plastics industry following World War II. The ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • The future of energy management through the eyes of Siemens

    "In a 'software world' or a world where the power grid has started to become a large part of the 'internet of things', one cannot succed without leveraging partners." Exclusive Interview with Dr Jan Mrosik, CEO, Smart Grid Division at Siemens, Germany. We are proud to welcome Siemens as exclusive Diamond Sponsor for European Utility Week ...


    By Synergy Events

  • Your electric meter: A villain or hero?

    Before energy became a hot topic, no one cared about the electric meter.  It was the box on the house we all ignored except the guy from the utility who dodged the barking dogs to take a reading from it once in awhile. It is a sign of our times that this box now inspires enough emotion for people to take to the streets. Protesters gathered outside the California Public Utilities Commission ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

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