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Off-Grid Demand Response Energy Solution
Off-Grid Demand Response Energy Solution
Off-Grid Demand Response Energy Solution
Zenodys
Smart energy and next generation buildings are one of FabCity’s key topics and the Zenodys team was invited there to provide a microgrid demand response power management solution.Next generation buildings are built with a purpose to be energy sustainable and include power-generation capabilities, windmills, solar panels, self-sufficient units, etc. These buildings can generate their own power. However, when connected to a microgrid, other opportunities open up: power exchange among buildings, common storage facility, smart power management, etc. This will become an important part of the future smart cities.Microgrids are a promising concept and are expected to become one of the main energy sources in the future. In order to function as intended, microgrids must be efficiently managed with smart demand response algorithms.The aim of a microgrid is to be as self-sufficient as possible. However, this is not always the case. When the sun shines and there is plenty of wind, the participants generate their own power. But on cloudy or windless days green energy is not always available. To compensate for this, a microgrid also features a battery that stores surplus energy and provides backup power when needed.


Industries: Renewable EnergySmart Grid
Functions: Operations & MaintenanceProduct Development
Capabilities: Asset Tracking & MonitoringData Acquisition & ManagementData Visualization
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SCADA Cyber Security Vulnerability Assessment
SCADA Cyber Security Vulnerability Assessment
SCADA Cyber Security Vulnerability Assessment
Honeywell
A U.S. power company employed regularly-recurring audits of various controls, systems and programs. However, when it came to a SCADA-based cyber security vulnerability assessment, the in-house audit team did not possess the specific combination of process control experience and cyber security risks. They realized they required a third-party expert with a unique combination of knowledge of the two worlds.


Industries: Smart Grid
Functions: Information Technology
Capabilities: Data Acquisition & ManagementInfrastructure Access & Security
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A Reliable Power Control Automation System for a Steel Factory
A Reliable Power Control Automation System for a Steel Factory
A Reliable Power Control Automation System for a Steel Factory
MOXA
One of the largest steel factories in China needed proper communication control units for data processing and protocol conversion with the devices at remote field sites. These computers would replace the IPCs and can easily create a distributed system at the front-end site with a centralized management platform at the back-end control center.This stainless steel factory has deployed a power substation system that contains several subsystems. Each subsystem uses smart meters, and needs to optimize resources, centralize management, and enhance efficiency. In addition, all distributed smart meters at the field site need to be centrally monitored and managed by a system called the “CCMS3000 central management system”, located at the control center. Each 35KV/10KV substation communicates with the back-end server via Intranet, and manages the centralized management and monitoring of the 35KV/10KV. The entire system aims to optimize the power network management and maintenance cost, enhance power distribution quality and management, and deliver real-time discovery, analysis, recording, and handling of problems. The CCMS300 central management system is expected to bring reliability to real-time monitoring of the operation status of all devices at the substations. It needs to perform several tasks, such as analyzing historical workload, power consumption, and system balance, as well as enhance system or device operation efficiency. This system includes four subsystems:Factory 1:Main Station: A communication cabinet includes a telecommunication control unit (DA-662), a switch, 2 optical transceivers, and communication units.Station C: A communication cabinet includes a serial device server (NPort 5430), an optical transceiver, and communication units.Station D: A communication cabinet includes a serial device server (NPort 5430), an optical transceiver, and communication units.The telecommunication control unit (DA-662) is responsible for collecting and controlling all data from stations A, B, C, D, E, and the water station from Factory 1.Factory 2:Main Station: A communication cabinet includes a telecommunication control unit (DA-662), and various communication units. This DA-662 is responsible for collecting and controlling all data from stations G, K, and the water station from Factory 1.Hot-rolled Factory:Main Station: A communication cabinet includes a telecommunication control unit (DA-662), a switch, an optical transceiver, and communication units.Substation: A communication cabinet includes a serial device server (NPort 5430), an optical transceiver, and communication units. The DA-662 is responsible for collecting and controlling all data from the hot-rolled factory and the hot-rolled water station.Cold-rolled Factory:Main Station: A communication cabinet includes a telecommunication control unit (DA-662), a switch, an optical transceiver, and communication units.Substation: A communication cabinet includes a serial device server (NPort 5430), an optical transceiver, and communication units. The DA-662 is responsible for collecting and controlling all data from the cold-rolled factory and the cold-rolled water station. The communication between the DA-662 and the back-end server is based on the TCP/IP IEC 106 protocol.System Requirements• Centralized and stable management platform for the distributed system • Front-end data processing for the field site devices• Protocol conversion among Modbus, DLT645, and TCP/IP IEC 104• Redundant network architecture for continuous system operation• Easy integration with other communication system• Long MTBF to enhance system reliability


Industries: MiningSmart Grid
Functions: Operations & MaintenanceProduction & Manufacturing Engineering
Capabilities: Data Acquisition & ManagementEnergy ManagementOverall Equipment Effectiveness
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Bandwidth-Saving IO Solutions for a Solar Farm Lighting Control System
Bandwidth-Saving IO Solutions for a Solar Farm Lighting Control System
Bandwidth-Saving IO Solutions for a Solar Farm Lighting Control System
MOXA
A company in the renewable energy industry needed to find an I/O device which can operate within the demanding requirements of renewable energy systems. Renewable photovoltaic systems are one of the most sustainable and reliable energy technologies available today, and today more and more countries are deploying solar farms to harness the power of the sun to generate a clean power with low CO2 emissions.As an expert in the design, development, installation, and maintenance of photovoltaic systems since 1998, the company provides a solar farm remote monitoring service via satellite communications. However, satellite bandwidth is very limited. Their ideal I/O device must be able to operate in a low-bandwidth environment and support scheduling functions for better light management. System Requirements- I/O device that can overcome low bandwidth limitations - Scheduling function support for lighting systems - SNMP protocol support for remote device monitoring and control


Industries: Renewable EnergySmart Grid
Functions: Information TechnologyOperations & Maintenance
Capabilities: Data Acquisition & ManagementOverall Equipment EffectivenessRemote Access & Control
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Remote Gas Pipeline Tunnel Temperature Monitoring System
Remote Gas Pipeline Tunnel Temperature Monitoring System
Remote Gas Pipeline Tunnel Temperature Monitoring System
MOXA
One of Singapore's leading engineering and system integration providers needed exactly the right solution for a challenging gas pipeline application. With experience in assembling systems for many different vertical markets such as oil and gas networks, factory automation, and building automation, this system integrator realized that monitoring the temperature of a gas pipeline tunnel is crucial for safe operations. In the confined space of a tunnel, temperature rises easily, and the overheating could cause pipeline fractures that could lead to gas leaks or even explosions. Meanwhile, the long and narrow dimensions inherent to a tunnel meant that more home run cables must be installed to link all the temperature gauge data acquisition I/O devices back to the pipeline's SCADA system, increasing cabling costs. With these stakes and in these conditions, the simple act of regularly taking the temperature transforms into a formidable yet absolutely necessary requirement. System Requirements• Real-time tunnel temperature monitoring to provide early excessive heat warnings• Data acquisition and system management with SCADA system• Ethernet data acquisition system, but with efficient, cost-effective wiring


Industries: Oil & GasSmart Grid
Functions: Environmental Health & SafetyFacility Maintenance
Capabilities: Asset Tracking & MonitoringData Acquisition & ManagementRemote Access & Control
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Utility Company Saves $1M With Wireless Communications
Utility Company Saves $1M With Wireless Communications
Utility Company Saves $1M With Wireless Communications
CalAmp
PacifiCorp needed to monitor a 10-mile stretch of canal near the North Umpqua River 24/7 to prevent environmental damage. A reliable solar powered communications device with a small enough footprint to fit inside protective cabinets needed to be managed remotely when engineers are not available to make adjustments to the device directly.


Industries: Smart Grid
Functions: Operations & Maintenance
Capabilities: Asset Tracking & MonitoringData Acquisition & Management
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Nova Scotia Power Inc. - GPS Functionality
Nova Scotia Power Inc. - GPS Functionality
Nova Scotia Power Inc. - GPS Functionality
BlackBerry
On the Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NSPI) GIS Connectivity Project, field personnel travel on foot and by vehicle gathering data about asset locations and customer connectivity across the entire electrical distribution infrastructure. However, NSPI could not cover the company's extensive field operations. NSPI needed a secure mobile GIS solution that offered remote data transfer directly to its ARC GIS server software, without requiring additional travel and manual syncing.


Industries: Smart Grid
Functions: Information TechnologyLogistics
Capabilities: Data Acquisition & ManagementData VisualizationOverall Equipment Effectiveness
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Schedule Management in the Austrian Energy Market
Schedule Management in the Austrian Energy Market
Schedule Management in the Austrian Energy Market
Bosch
Due to the growing volume of customers and data, Salzburg AG needed a solution to promptly and correctly manage the processing of energy transactions in multiple markets using schedules. Requirements included: flexible adaptation of interfaces to enable Salzburg AG to respond to market conditions quickly, automatic processing of energy transactions, and integration of different regional rules for the exchange of schedules.


Industries: Smart Grid
Functions: Information Technology
Capabilities: Data Acquisition & ManagementData VisualizationOverall Equipment Effectiveness
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Transport Platform - Serving the Energy Data Management
Transport Platform - Serving the Energy Data Management
Transport Platform - Serving the Energy Data Management
Bosch
The challenge for EWZ was to design the processes so that they could be traced easily and meet the standards for handling exchange processes in line with the market such as automation of bulk data exchange and exchange processes as well as their implementation according to the SDAT and MC-CH industry documents, integration of the very heterogeneous IT landscape, and no in-house development but a tried and tested standard product.


Industries: Smart Grid
Functions: Operations & Maintenance
Capabilities: Data Acquisition & ManagementData VisualizationOverall Equipment Effectiveness
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Software AG - Market Operator Enhances Australia Energy Future
Software AG - Market Operator Enhances Australia Energy Future
Software AG - Market Operator Enhances Australia Energy Future
Software AG
AEMO needed to modernize of the Gas FRC Hub a B2B platform for the gas retail markets throughout Australia and provide a reliable B2B platform that could scale to support the adoption of B2B procedures in New South Wales (NSW).


Industries: Smart Grid
Functions: Information TechnologyProcurement & Sourcing
Capabilities: Data Acquisition & ManagementOverall Equipment Effectiveness
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Metering Technology Case Study
Metering Technology Case Study
Metering Technology Case Study
Lantronix
Quadlogic Controls is North America’s leading provider of Power Line Communications metering technology. The company’s digital electric Advanced Intelligent Smart Submetering Systems are in use in high-rise office, residential, commercial, and industrial facilities across the U.S. and Canada. In the face of rising energy costs, deregulated markets and complex energy pricing, the data provided by Quadlogic’s metering systems is critical to an organization’s energy management decisions.Quadlogic’s patented Power Line Communications technology utilizes a building’s existing power lines to transmit metered data, so no additional wiring or meter readers are required. When the system was first developed more than 25 years ago, it used a serial device via a telephone modem to enable communications with the outside world. As technology advanced and customer preference shifted from telephone service to Internet, the ability to offer network-enabled metering technology became an imperative if Quadlogic was to remain competitive. The decision was made to integrate the capability into its next-generation Power Line Communications system.


Industries: Smart Grid
Functions: Operations & MaintenanceProduct Development
Capabilities: Data Acquisition & ManagementOverall Equipment EffectivenessRemote Access & Control
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The Data Tsunami for AGL Energy
The Data Tsunami for AGL Energy
The Data Tsunami for AGL Energy
SAP
AGL Energy, one of Australia’s largest power retailers, is replacing its electromechanical meters with interactive smart meters in 2.2 million homes and 300,000 businesses throughout the state of Victoria, including its capital, Melbourne. This is nearly a 4,320-fold increase in daily data processing for electricity providers. It’s also the start of a “data tsunami,” swelling up from these 2.5 million smart meters and flowing into AGL Energy’s billing and operations systems.AGL’s Business Requirements- For wholesale energy: Improved settlement reporting- For merchant energy portfolio management: Better load forecasting, accuracy and data analytics / segmentation with better reporting- For analytics: Better forecasting and reporting


Industries: Renewable EnergySmart Grid
Functions: Information TechnologyProduction & Manufacturing Engineering
Capabilities: Asset Tracking & MonitoringBilling & MonetizationData Acquisition & Management
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Smart Meter Automation Powers Customer Service at Jersey Electricity

Although Jersey is not a part of the UK Smart Meter roll out, Smart Meters are a central part of a large-scale government project to upgrade the UK’s energy system, replacing around 53 million existing gas and electricity meters by 2020, allowing consumers a more accurate view of their energy consumption. Designed to provide ‘near real-time’ information on energy use, smart meters will enable consumers to manage their energy use, allow supplier switching to take place more easily and remove the need for suppliers to read meters and provide estimated bills.As the sole supplier of electricity across the island, Jersey Electricity decided to proactively rollout smart metering ahead of the rest of the UK, aiming for installation of up to 45,000 meters for domestic and commercial customers by the end of 2018.Planned as a three-year project, Jendev, its subsidiary utility software development business, examined a variety of options to deliver key components, including the smart meters themselves and the critical data warehousing technology to gather, store and analyse the data provided by every smart meter.This data collection and analysis presented an important challenge. In every property, the smart meter needs to take a daily consumption read as well as 48 half hourly reads, 365 days a year – an eventual total at the end of the project rollout approaching 1 billion reads per year. This data is passed from each property to a data concentrator in its local substation, which are all polled daily to collate data in the central data warehouse for processing and analysis.


Industries: Renewable EnergySmart Grid
Functions: Operations & Maintenance
Capabilities: Data Acquisition & ManagementData VisualizationEnergy Management
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New Sun Road Connects Uganda to Clean and Reliable Energy
New Sun Road Connects Uganda to Clean and Reliable Energy
New Sun Road Connects Uganda to Clean and Reliable Energy
Digi
New Sun Road is a registered California Benefit Corporation committed to implementing solutions to climate change and global energy poverty. This group of talented engineers is partnering with Ugandan green energy startup GRS Commodities to deliver reliable and clean power to the Ssese Islands in Lake Victoria, Uganda. The goal of the pilot system is to provide affordable and reliable solar powered electricity to businesses on Kitobo Island.Although no small feat, deploying the solar power grids is likely the simplest part of the solution. Solar was the obvious choice for the power source because it is economical and relatively simple to deploy.The primary difficulty lies in managing the energy grid and ensuring proper maintenance without having to be on-site at every location. The capability to remotely monitor the grid will enable New Sun Road to expand their service across the Ssese Islands in a more efficient manner since each grid can be monitored from one central location. But, in remote areas, where communication options are limited, how do you remotely monitor and manage a smart solar power grid?Without a local ISP, this can be a complex challenge, so the team decided to enable remote connectivity over the global cellular network.In addition to communication challenges, another major difficulty New Sun Road had to overcome was finding a device capable of withstanding the high temperatures within their network hubs. The device would be residing within a NEMA enclosure in direct sunlight, so the capability to function under extremely high temperatures was a must.


Industries: Renewable EnergySmart Grid
Functions: Operations & MaintenanceProduct Development
Capabilities: Data Acquisition & ManagementEnergy ManagementRemote Access & Control
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Dynamic IT Infrastructure Re-energizes Power Catalyst
Dynamic IT Infrastructure Re-energizes Power Catalyst
Dynamic IT Infrastructure Re-energizes Power Catalyst
NEC
Power Catalyst needed a solution that can support massive amounts of mission-critical data with no disruption for customers. Antiquated system wasn’t scalable and couldn’t support disaster recovery and could not deploy applications on a service basis with a quick turnaround.


Industries: Smart Grid
Functions: Information Technology
Capabilities: Data Acquisition & ManagementEnergy ManagementOverall Equipment Effectiveness
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IIC High Speed Network Infrastructure Testbed
IIC High Speed Network Infrastructure Testbed
IIC High Speed Network Infrastructure Testbed
General Electric (GE)
Enabling seamless machine-2-machine communications and data transfer across connected control systems, big infrastructure products, and manufacturing plants.


Industries: Smart Grid
Functions: Product DevelopmentProduction & Manufacturing Engineering
Capabilities: Data Acquisition & ManagementInfrastructure Access & SecurityRemote Access & Control
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Driving Network Efficiency and Fraud Detection Efforts
Driving Network Efficiency and Fraud Detection Efforts
Driving Network Efficiency and Fraud Detection Efforts
C3 IoT
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) wanted to optimize the deployment and ongoing health of its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) network and identify and reduce unbilled energy usage. BGE wanted a solution to deliver an annual economic benefit of $20 million.


Industries: Smart Grid
Functions: Information TechnologyOperations & Maintenance
Capabilities: Data Acquisition & ManagementOverall Equipment Effectiveness
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Energy Management Made Easy
Energy Management Made Easy
Energy Management Made Easy
ionSign Oy
Enegia Group Oy was required to provide optimized energy efficiency improvements to clients with dispersed locations.


Industries: Renewable EnergySmart Grid
Functions: Operations & MaintenanceProduct Development
Capabilities: Asset Tracking & MonitoringData Acquisition & ManagementOverall Equipment Effectiveness
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IIC Condition Monitoring & Predictive Maintenance Testbed
IIC Condition Monitoring & Predictive Maintenance Testbed
IIC Condition Monitoring & Predictive Maintenance Testbed
National Instruments
The current state of condition monitoring requires manual measurements that are compounded with aging equipment and the retirement of knowledgeable personnel.


Industries: MachinerySmart Grid
Functions: Facility MaintenanceOperations & Maintenance
Capabilities: Asset Tracking & MonitoringData Acquisition & ManagementPredictive Maintenance
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Ecolibrium Energy Helps Reduce India's Energy Wastage
Ecolibrium Energy Helps Reduce India's Energy Wastage
Ecolibrium Energy Helps Reduce India's Energy Wastage
Vodafone
Ecolibrium’s SmartSense solution connects sensors to energy infrastructure within a factory. It then sends energy consumption data, temperature and environmental data to a central platform. This data can be sent each minute, providing a near real-time view of energy consumption and analytics on where problems occur, what they are and recommendations on how to fix them. To work, each device needs robust connectivity that is simple to manage and consistent in pricing.


Industries: ConstructionSmart Grid
Functions: Product Development
Capabilities: Asset Tracking & MonitoringData Acquisition & ManagementData Visualization
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Grid of Tomorrow with National Grid UK
Grid of Tomorrow with National Grid UK
Grid of Tomorrow with National Grid UK
National Instruments
The modern grid comes with new engineering challenges. In the United Kingdom, as renewable energy resources are being used to supplement fossil fuel production, power quality issues are surfacing. Combine this with the rapidly increasing demand for energy and the decommissioning of fossil fuel plants, and grid operators are finding that traditional measurement systems do not offer adequate coverage to handle these new challenges and manage the new risks the industry faces.


Industries: Renewable EnergySmart Grid
Functions: Facility MaintenanceProduct Development
Capabilities: Asset Tracking & MonitoringData Acquisition & ManagementData Visualization
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Vertical and Floating Wind Turbine for Deep Sea Deployment
Vertical and Floating Wind Turbine for Deep Sea Deployment
Vertical and Floating Wind Turbine for Deep Sea Deployment
National Instruments
Developing a control system for a vertical, floating wind turbine that can monitor the operating conditions of the turbine, control it to make sure it operates at its highest efficiency, gather and log data, and securely transfer the data to operators and developers anywhere in the world for analysis and continuous development.


Industries: Renewable EnergySmart Grid
Functions: Facility MaintenanceOperations & Maintenance
Capabilities: Asset Tracking & MonitoringData Acquisition & ManagementEnvironmental Monitoring
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Helping Enexis Power Ahead with Smart Meter Rollout
Helping Enexis Power Ahead with Smart Meter Rollout
Helping Enexis Power Ahead with Smart Meter Rollout
Vodafone
Enexis is an independent grid operator and one of the largest energy distributors in the Netherlands. Working with energy suppliers, it manages 2 million gas and 2.6 million electricity connections to customers in seven provinces, representing approximately one third of the Dutch market.In 2008, a European Union (EU) directive stipulated that 80% of energy customers must be able to monitor energy consumption by 2020. The Dutch government responded by making a legal requirement for energy operators to install smart metering technology in homes. To meet these targets, Enexis will need to deploy approximately 5 million smart meters, each transmitting energy consumption data once a day, every day. Since 2011, Enexis no longer installs conventional meters, every new meter installed in the grid is a smart meter. This means that during the first few years of rollout, smart meters are installed across the grid.To achieve this, Enexis had several options. Routing data via Power Line Connections (PLC) was impractical because, to work effectively, entire districts would have to install smart meters simultaneously. With the initial rollout limited to replacing faulty meters and new installations, this was not viable. Transmitting data via WiFi, another option, would mean home owners needing a guaranteed connection.“Because we install smart meters that are scattered across our distribution network, the most effective solution was GPRS over M2M SIMs,” says Lonneke Driessen-Mutters, Smart Metering Operations Manager at Enexis.M2M SIMs installed in smart meters would be able to transmit data via Vodafone’s comprehensive mobile coverage in the Netherlands, with no homeowner involvement and minimum installation effort.Enexis invited a number of mobile communications suppliers in the Netherlands to tender. After careful consideration, Vodafone was selected based on cost and service commitments. In addition, Enexis already had a relationship with Vodafone, as they provide approximately 3,000 of the company’s voice and data connections, so they knew the service they could expect.“We’re owned by local government, so our money is public money. The solution had to be cost effective as we have to be careful what we spend,” says Driessen-Mutters.


Industries: Smart Grid
Functions: Operations & MaintenanceProduction & Manufacturing Engineering
Capabilities: Data Acquisition & ManagementEnergy ManagementRemote Access & Control
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GPRS Mobile Network for Smart Metering
GPRS Mobile Network for Smart Metering
GPRS Mobile Network for Smart Metering
Vodafone
Around the world, the electricity supply industry is turning to ‘smart’ meters to lower costs, reduce emissions and improve the management of customer supplies. Smart meters collect detailed consumption information and using this feedback consumers can better understand their energy usage which in turn enables them to modify their consumption to save money and help to cut carbon emissions.A smart meter can be defined in many ways, but generally includes an element of two-way communication between the household meter and the utility provider to efficiently collect detailed energy usage data.Some implementations include consumer feedback beyond the energy bill to include online web data, SMS text messages or an information display in consumers’ premises. Providing a cost-effective, reliable communications mechanism is one of the most challenging aspects of a smart meter implementation.In New Zealand, the utilities have embraced smart metering and designed cost effective ways for it to be implemented.The New Zealand government has encouraged such a move to smart metering by ensuring the energy legislation is consistent with the delivery of benefits to the consumer while allowing innovation in this area. On the ground, AMS is a leader in the deployment of smart metering and associated services.Several of New Zealand’s energy retailers were looking for smart metering services for their residential and small business customers which will eventually account for over 500,000 meters when the multi-year national deployment program is concluded.To respond to these requirements, AMS needed to put together a solution that included data communications between each meter and the central data collection point and the solution proposed by Vodafone satisfied that requirement.


Industries: Smart Grid
Functions: Information TechnologyOperations & Maintenance
Capabilities: Asset Tracking & MonitoringData Acquisition & ManagementEnergy Management
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Product Development for Power Line Communication (PLC/BPL) Systems
Product Development for Power Line Communication (PLC/BPL) Systems
Product Development for Power Line Communication (PLC/BPL) Systems
Synapt (Prodapt)
The client wanted to develop a product that can acquire data from their meter units installed at the consumer's premises. A system capable of acquiring, transferring and archiving the data had to be in place, replacing the existing traditional method which was error prone and expensive to operate. The system needed to be integrated with the existing Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system for increasing the operational efficiency.


Industries: Smart Grid
Functions: Information TechnologyProduct Development
Capabilities: Data Acquisition & ManagementData VisualizationRemote Access & Control
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Keeping Electric Vehicles Running With AirVantage Smart Automation
Keeping Electric Vehicles Running With AirVantage Smart Automation
Keeping Electric Vehicles Running With AirVantage Smart Automation
Sierra Wireless
Schneider Electric develops charging terminals for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS) throughout the test territory. In order to meet the timeline required for the project, as well as include the remote monitoring and control necessary to manage charging terminals dispersed through 51 towns and five counties, Schneider Electric turned to Sierra Wireless to assist in a quick development of a service and maintenance connected electric charging terminal.


Industries: Smart Grid
Functions: Information TechnologyProduct Development
Capabilities: Data Acquisition & ManagementData VisualizationEnergy Management
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Predicting, Diagnosing and Reducing Equipment Failures
Predicting, Diagnosing and Reducing Equipment Failures
Predicting, Diagnosing and Reducing Equipment Failures
C3 IoT
One of Europe’s largest integrated electric power companies was looking for analytics solutions to reliably forecast equipment failure and improve condition-based maintenance for its coal-fired power plant.With a diverse array of coal, oil, and gas/CCGT power plants, the utility’s more than 50GW worldwide generating portfolio has been under pressure to streamline global operations and reduce generating costs (both CapEx and operations /maintenance O&M expenses) by 7-10%.


Industries: Smart Grid
Functions: Facility MaintenanceOperations & Maintenance
Capabilities: Asset Tracking & MonitoringData Acquisition & ManagementPredictive Maintenance
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Siemens Wind Power
Siemens Wind Power
Siemens Wind Power
RTI
Wind provides clean, renewable energy. The core concept is simple: wind turbines spin blades to generate power. However, today's systems are anything but simple. Modern wind turbines have blades that sweep a 120 meter circle, cost more than 1 million dollars and generate multiple megawatts of power. Each turbine may include up to 1,000 sensors and actuators – integrating strain gages, bearing monitors and power conditioning technology. The turbine can control blade speed and power generation by altering the blade pitch and power extraction. Controlling the turbine is a sophisticated job requiring many cooperating processors closing high-speed loops and implementing intelligent monitoring and optimization algorithms. But the real challenge is integrating these turbines so that they work together. A wind farm may include hundreds of turbines. They are often installed in difficult-to-access locations at sea. The farm must implement a fundamentally and truly distributed control system. Like all power systems, the goal of the farm is to match generation to load. A farm with hundreds of turbines must optimize that load by balancing the loading and generation across a wide geography. Wind, of course, is dynamic. Almost every picture of a wind farm shows a calm sea and a setting sun. But things get challenging when a storm goes through the wind farm. In a storm, the control system must decide how to take energy out of gusts to generate constant power. It must intelligently balance load across many turbines. And a critical consideration is the loading and potential damage to a half-billion-dollar installed asset. This is no environment for a slow or undependable control system. Reliability and performance are crucial.


Industries: Renewable EnergySmart Grid
Functions: Facility MaintenanceOperations & Maintenance
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IIC Communication & Control Testbed for Microgrid Applications
IIC Communication & Control Testbed for Microgrid Applications
IIC Communication & Control Testbed for Microgrid Applications
RTI
Traditional central-station power grids operate on 15-minute output update cycles that force operators to over-generate power to compensate for potential blackouts or unexpected new power demands on the grid. Additionally, they cannot efficiently utilize the distributed, dynamic generation of renewable power sources such as solar panels or wind turbines.


Industries: Renewable EnergySmart Grid
Functions: Operations & MaintenanceProduction & Manufacturing Engineering
Capabilities: Asset Tracking & MonitoringData Acquisition & ManagementOverall Equipment Effectiveness
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NRG Achieves Optimal Balance Between Asset Life and Performance
NRG Achieves Optimal Balance Between Asset Life and Performance
NRG Achieves Optimal Balance Between Asset Life and Performance
GE Digital (General Electric)
NRG power plants across the US provide about 48,000 megawatts of generation capacity, enough to power more than 38 million average households. NRG also provides retail electric service for nearly 3 million retail customers across the US. As the nation’s leading integrated power company, NRG is always working to improve operating efficiency in its power production, balancing the maintenance requirements of its GE units among the NRG fleet with a need to maximize power output to meet the needs of the bulk power markets.


Industries: Smart Grid
Functions: Operations & MaintenanceProduction & Manufacturing Engineering
Capabilities: Asset Tracking & MonitoringData Acquisition & ManagementPredictive Maintenance
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