Itâ€™s been a very big (and very global) week for smart grid wins
By: SGN Staff
Thereâ€™s plenty to read in this weekâ€™s smart grid wins roundup, from Silver Spring Networkâ€™s intelligent street lighting project in Copenhagen to Opowerâ€™s business partnership signing with Tokyo area utility TEPCO, and other projects. Also, check out the milestones, honors and awards, acquisition and funding stories.
PROJECTS AND DEVELOPMENTS
Utility Partners of America, which helps utilities install and upgrade water, gas and electric meters embedded with time and money-saving technology, is installing more than 41,000 automated electric meters ranging from residential to commercial polyphase meters on behalf of Durango, Colorado-based La Plata Electric Association (LPEA). The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2014. Read more >>
Silver Spring Networks announced it has been selected to deliver the networking platform for a citywide intelligent street lights project in Copenhagen, Denmark. Under a new partnership with Citelum, the global leader in lighting, traffic management, and other urban electrical systems, Silver Spring is expected to begin networking 20,000 street lights in Copenhagen in 2014. Citelum and Silver Spring expect to provide multiple LED lamp options, with a single networking platform for Copenhagenâ€™s smart city network. Read more >>
GE Energy Storage will participate in a load-shifting project at Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, Calif., a non-profit education organization. The 500-kilowatt-hour GE storage and Princeton Power Systems (PPS) inverter control system is engineered to shift 10-20 percent of the science centerâ€™s daily electrical load from peak hours to less expensive off-peak time periods. The system also will provide backup power in the event of power outages. Read more >>
Energy management software company BuildingIQ announced that NV Energy has successfully implemented a new program using its integrated energy efficiency and automated demand response solution. NV Energy has enrolled some of its largest customers in Las Vegas, including casinos, government and commercial buildings. Read more >>
HONORS AND AWARDS
Ice Energy, a provider of distributed energy storage and smart grid solutions, was named as a top ten company in Lux Research's Top Innovators from Q3 2013. "After ten years and 15 million hours of energy storage delivered, it's great to be at this point where Ice Energy is able to be used innovatively in ways that meet utility needs for storage," said Mike Hopkins, Ice Energy EVP Corporate Development & Legal. Read more >>
Battelle has won two awards in the 2013 Defense Energy Technology Challenge/Utility Technology Challenge. Battelle won the awards for its smart grid innovations and a novel waste-to-gas conversion technology. The DETC/UTC challenge programs recognize companies and technologies focused on cleaner and more environmentally sustainable energy solutions and are designed to meet the complex needs of the military and commercial industries. Read more >>
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) will receive over $5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy for projects that are part of the SunShot Initiative. The Energy Departmentâ€™s SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national effort that aggressively drives innovation to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources by the end of the decade. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz earlier announced that about $60 million will be invested to support innovative solar energy research and development. Read more >>
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