Our smart grid winners' list is a whopper this week



By Liz Enbysk


SGN Managing Editor


It's been a huge week for awards - the Global Cleantech 100, the Frost & Sullivan Enabling Technology Award and Oracle partner awards among them - and to be sure smart grid companies are well represented in every case. We’ve also got project wins, some significant milestones and our very own Winning Idea of the Week award to tell you about. Scroll down and click over to page 2 to see them all.




·         Apex CoVantage was selected to provide services, software and facilities for the installation of approximately 50,000 AMI electric meters in support of the Guam Power Authority's (GPA) smart grid initiative. With smart metering the next stage in its smart grid deployment, GPA will leverage Apex's process-driven workforce management system, ProField, intelligent GIS integration and its highly customized customer engagement programs. (We told you earlier that GPA selected Landis+Gyr's metering solution.) Read more >>


·         DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability won a contract with German wind power developer SoWiTec to provide a range of project development support, technical services, third party expertise and project management assistance related to 20-50 proposed wind power projects in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Russia. Read more >>


·         Efacec ACS will deliver a new PRISM SCADA system to Moon Lake Electric Association, a cooperative utility serving northeastern Utah and northwestern Colorado. The PRISM SCADA system is currently operating in more than 150 utilities worldwide, the company noted. Read more >>


·         Utilidata has won a contract from American Electric Power to expand deployment of Utilidata’s AdaptiVolt Volt/VAR Optimization technology on substations in its Indiana Michigan Power operating company.  Utilidata says the technology allows utilities to accommodate energy flows from wind, solar and distributed resources across the grid based on real-time conditions to diversify supply, improve system stability and reduce cost.  Read more >>


·         Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has had its project for exploring the outer limits of battery operations selected  to receive funding from the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy. With partners NexTech Materials and Beckett Energy Systems, the DNV-led project will use battery life prediction modeling and sensor monitoring to identify where the limits of battery operation can be pushed. The goal is to extract greater performance from batteries. Read more >>

·         ECOtality surpassed one million EV residential charge events on its Blink chargers and the company says it is the first in the industry to reach this milestone. "Through the data recorded on Blink chargers for The EV Project, we have clearly demonstrated the viability of this marketplace and continued growth of EV's across the nation," said Ravi Brar, CEO of ECOtality. "Recording more than 1 million charge events is not only an iconic milestone for ECOtality, The EV Project and the industry, but is also proof that EVs are here to stay." Read more >> 


·         CenterPoint Energy completed the installation of more than 2.2 million Itron smart meters. According to an Itron press release, CenterPoint is now electronically reading all meters daily at a 99.5 percent accuracy rate. With remote disconnect/reconnect capabilities and automation of routine service transactions, CenterPoint has avoided more than 3.5 million truck rolls, or service visits by field service representatives, since August 2009.  Read more >>


·         Arista Power announced it completed phase one of its work on an intelligent microgrid for the U.S. Army. The company is prime contractor on the project designed "to seamlessly integrate both renewable and traditional energy sources to provide the scalability and automatic operation needed to deliver highly reliable power in areas where military operations are taking place across a broad spectrum of energy requirements and applications." Read more >>


·         San Diego Gas & Electric's Sunrise Powerlink project -- a 500,000 volt transmission line linking San Diego to the Imperial Valley - was named the International Right of Way Association's Project of the Year. Read more >>


·         The ZigBee Alliance is celebrating its first decade enabling the growing machine-to-machine and Internet of Things trends and providing utilities and energy service providers with new consumer energy management and efficiency capabilities. A press release notes: One technology, nine standards, 600 ZigBee certified products and billions of ZigBee chips sold. Read more >>


·         GE opened its newly constructed Grid IQ Global Innovation Centre in Markham, Ontario. The 200,000-square-foot facility is designed to foster innovation and global collaboration to improve the efficiency, reliability and security of the world’s electrical grids. The $40 million project is supported by a grant of $7.9 million from the Government of Ontario. Read more >>




·         ABB  just announced a multi-year investment in the Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, N.C. to develop "Kid Grid,” a new interactive exhibit featuring playful activities in a pretend power grid. The idea is to educate and excite the next-generation of engineers. ABB presented a $100,000 check to the museum, the first installment of a seven-year pledge. ABB will also provide the engineering expertise to ensure accuracy of the grid and will supply "real” power grid equipmentâ€"motors, towers, underground cables, transformers and control systems. Marbles, ABB engineers and children of ABB employees are working on design concepts that combine technical accuracy with the "fun factor” for the new exhibit, scheduled to open in 2014. Read more >>


Did you miss last week's wins? See them here >>



We won't promise that we can post everything we get, but if you think you have a timely and newsworthy "win" that you'd like us to consider, send it to: info@smartgridnews.com. Please include a link to a press release or article that provides details on the win.


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