7 smart grid wins on this week's list


By Liz Enbysk

SGN Managing Editor


We didn’t see as many smart grid wins as usual this week, but we’ve got seven pretty interesting ones to tell you about - including two vendors making their first forays into North America.




·         Ambient is partnering with ELO Sistemas Eletronicos, Brazil's leading metering technology provider, to bring advanced communications technologies for smart meter reading applications to ELO's utility customers in South America. The two companies expect to have the integrated system ready for pilot in 2012 in preparation for volume rollouts beginning in 2013.  "The leading solutions provider in Brazil and throughout South America, ELO is well positioned for growth in this emerging market," said Jim Fisher, VP of Business Development for Ambient .  More >>


·         Saft will design, produce and install a battery energy storage system for Cowessess First Nation as part of the High Wind and Storage Project near Regina, Saskatchewan. It represents the first wind power project in North America for the French company. "This project builds on Saft’s earlier successes integrating energy storage batteries with wind generation and will demonstrate the benefits of lithium‐ion energy storage in enhancing the value of wind energy,” noted Jim McDowall, Business Development Manager at Saft’s Energy Storage Systems Business Unit in Jacksonville, Fla. More >>


·         CALMAC got the winning ticket from the California Lottery Commission to install its IceBank thermal energy storage tanks in the commission's new facilities in Sacramento which boast a number of energy efficiency and sustainability features including a photovoltaic system and daylight harvesting.  The thermal energy system and PV solar panels are sized to classify the pavilion in the facility as a net zero energy building. As CALMAC explains it, at night, ice is made using energy from the grid. During the day, PV produces energy, which offsets the night-time energy. Excess energy is utilized to offset energy consumption in the rest of the building. More >>


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