Advanced control centers can digitally monitor and manage the Smart Grid, allowing remote diagnosis and, in some cases, remote repair. This section leads to the latest information, specifications, and success stories.
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We asked readers to nominate the companies that should be on our radar in 2011 and you came through with a long list of compelling suggestions. In today's post we highlight our third installment of your 11 in 2011 nominations, along with observations on each of them from Jesse Berst.
It may not be pretty to look at, but Intergraph and Siemens have taken a step towards seamless outage management in an “off-the-shelf” application. Jesse Berst thinks it's impressive. But is it the holy grail of integrated, real-time outage management? Click inside and see what you think.
A new white paper from the Electric Power Research Institute marks an important milestone in the evolution of the Smart Grid. EPRI describes it as the move from Smart Grid command & control to inform & motivate. Jesse Berst describes it as the move from interactive to transactive. Find out why.
A shift in approach from designing control systems to a focus on enabling technology utilizing Smart Grid communications holds a key to a larger door into the Smart Grid revolution, according to this EPRI white paper, which offers an update to traditional control-based thinking to present an approach that enables independent development of Smart Grid products.
You want the big boys on your side? Global security giant Lockheed Martin has released its Smart Energy Enterprise Suite that offers utilities improved command and control. Jesse caught a sneak preview a while back and says the LM folks know their stuff.
This video explains the Smart Grid network that employs two-way wireless communications throughout the distribution grid to provide centralized command-and-control and enable energy efficiency to consumers.
EPRI discusses the ElectriNet concept, the architecture for managing the power grid of the future that will include widespread distributed resources (including demand response, storage and electric vehicles) and a high penetration of renewable generation.
This paper presents a vision of the next generation monitoring, assessment and control functions in a future control center, which will be fully automated, decentralized and based on wide-area measurement. The paper points out the technology and infrastructure gaps to fill to fully implement future control centers, as well as a roadmap towards the proposed vision. This vision is expected to be a critical part of the future smart transmission grid. The other authors of this paper are Fangxing Li from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Navin Bhatt from American Electric Power (AEP).
Six-page brochure from ABB describing its grid capabilities and contributions, including its capabilities in Wide Area Management Systems (WAMS) and Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) where ABB is a world leader. Despite mention of a few interesting case studies, lacks the links to additional information that would make it a more useful tool.
This 18-page presentation starts by summarizing the factors leading to increased demand for electricity, such as consumer electronics. It presents the savings possible through energy efficiency. And it sets forth the key technology challenges necessary to achieve those efficiency breakthroughs with discussion of Smart Grid, electric transportation, low-carbon generation and microgrids. Suitable for a lay audience.
A four-page article that first appeared in Electronic Engineering Times that provides a succinct overview of Smart Grid progress with emphasis on standards, regulatory obstacles and wide area monitoring & management systems. Written for a general business audience.
A five-page white paper from the University of Vermont College of Engineering that proposes an Internet-like, decentralized, bottom-up design for the Smart Grid. The authors view top-down architectures as excessively costly and dangerous to customer privacy. For a general audience.
A 25-page presentation from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Despite the clumsy title, the presentation includes a useful summary of a PNNL demand response pilot and progress on advanced phasor visualization and decision support tools. It also suggests where there are gaps in current knowledge and where to target future research and demonstrations to create a national transmission strategy.
This solution brief discusses how technologies built into Intel® silicon components improve remote management, virtualization and security, thereby enabling equipment manufacturers to better address the requirements of next-generation power grids.
This eight-page brochure is one more summary of the Smart Grid. We note that the brochure steals heavily from the work of the Modern Grid Initiative at National Energy Technology Laboratory. It does not attribute all of the things that it plagiarized, but when it does, it credits them to Research Reports International, a for-profit research company that lifted big chunks of material from the MGI reports. Although this brochure is largely a rehash of material from other places, we do like its drawing and explanation of the shift from today's hierarchical, one-way power system to tomorrow's networked Smart Grid.
A seven-page white paper from Cisco arguing that the Smart Grid can be fully secure even if it uses IP as its communications protocol. A useful overview of the key technical issues around cyber security, by a company that knows them well. Written for a business audience.
As the grid becomes more intelligent and more complex, the tools to operate it become increasingly important. This is especially true since the Northeast blackout of 2003, which brought a new focus on improving situational awareness.
Better awareness centers on uninterrupted information flows, advanced computational power, network security and reliable communication. To be useful, however, those improvements must be integrated into a visualization platform.
Trend Alert: The growing importantance of command and control has been overlooked by many utilities and vendors alike. This article explains the current drivers for change, the dominant themes and the emerging new products. It concludes with recommended links for additional information.
This five-page overview defines three types of interoperability (technical, informational and organizational) and explains how they relate to the electric power sector. It concludes with an interoperability "starter checklist" that suggests 14 points to consider when evaluating new technology. Intended for policymakers and utility executives.
This 23-page white paper is part of a series produced by NETL's Modern Grid Initiative. It explains one of the Smart Grid's chief benefits -- namely, the ability to isolate and restore problems with little or no human intervention. It discusses continuous self-assessments and the benefits of a networked design with multiple energy sources.
This 26-page white paper by NETL's Modern Grid Initiative explains the technologies that "convert complex power-system data into information that can be understood by human operators at a glance." Those technologies include animation, color contouring, virtual reality, and other data-display techniques. It surveys the existing state of the art, and concludes that "improvements are needed."
This 22-page white paper from NETL's Modern Grid Initiative provides an overview of the advanced control systems necessary to create a Smart Grid. It defines those systems as "are the devices and algorithms that will analyze, diagnose, and predict conditions in the modern grid and determine and take appropriate corrective actions to eliminate, mitigate, and prevent outages and power quality disturbances." It summarizes the current state of advanced control, suggests future developments, considers the benefits and explains the barriers to deployment.
This 11-page white paper is part of a series produced by NETL's Modern Grid Initiative. It presents a picture of the Smart Grid as it could become. Not as detailed as the other papers in this series, but a useful overview for newcomers who are wondering "why bother?"
This 19-page white paper is part of a series produced by NETL's Modern Grid Initiative. It explains how a Smart Grid can improve the resiliency of an electric power network, with emphasis on terrorist attacks. It reviews both physical and cyber attacks, and recommends requirements to ensure a disciplined approach to embedding security throughout the Smart Grid.
From fires in Philadelphia to firearms in Texas, smart meter associated flare-ups make the news weekly. And it makes us wonder: If you could turn back the clock and rethink the whole smart grid rollout, would you do it differently? And if so how? That's this week's topic in our discussion forum. Please join in.