5 smart grid wins (and how Bill Gates figures into this week's list)
By Liz Enbysk
SGN Managing Editor
Landis+Gyr is rolling out its new smart grid terminal in a pilot in The Netherlands and GE is joining a project in the UK that will integrate its Durathon energy storage systems. Scroll down for details on those wins and more â€“ including the battery company that lists Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates as a new investor.
Â· GE announced that Western Power Distribution (WPD), a major distribution network operator in the U.K, will install five of its Durathon 100 kilowatt-hour energy storage systems later this year as part of â€œProject FALCONâ€ (Flexible Approaches to Low Carbon Optimized Networks), a four year project led by WPD. The project will mark the first time GE has integrated its Durathon systems with a distribution management system in the European market. During the trial, WPD plans to use the Durathon energy storage systems to enhance network efficiency through voltage support, improved power quality and electrical noise reduction. Read more >>
Â· Energate, an Ottawa-based provider of consumer demand response and home energy management solutions, is working with local distribution companies in Ontario to roll out a Consumer Engagement for the Smart Grid (CESG) program to 1,000 Ontario homes. Participants in the $7.8 million CESG project will receive a fully funded smart thermostat and home energy gateway that provide energy information and control based on time-of-use pricing to help them save on energy costs and at the same time assist the province's smart grid and DR goals. â€œThe program with Energate allows us to test advanced technologies with our customers to better understand how they view this smart grid opportunity, said Brian Bentz, President and CEO of PowerStream, one of the participating utilities. Read more >>
Â· Landis+Gyr announced that its new S650 Smart Grid Terminal for advanced, low voltage distribution network infrastructures will be rolled out in The Netherlands in a smart grid pilot project with the Dutch energy company Stedin. As Jon Stretch, Executive VP of Landis+Gyr EMEA explained: "The S650 Smart Grid Terminal helps our customers to track activity in their transformer stations, and gives them the ability to control and monitor their street light infrastructure. The S650 can also be connected to a data concentrator in a smart meter deployment project. As a result, the Distribution System Operator can achieve overall network and revenue optimization.â€ Read more >>
Â· Survalent Technology has commissioned an electric/water SCADA system for Easley Combined Utilities in South Carolina. "Many municipalities use one SCADA system for the control and monitoring for multiple utility services," noted Steve Strauss, a Survalent sales VP. "Our SCADA system provides the flexibility to easily serve multiple groups in the same utility including electric, water, wastewater and gas.â€ Read more >>