Smart grid tech: breakthroughs, tweaks and building a better battery



We thought it would be a good time to check into the latest offerings from smart grid companies. It’s  combination of new technologies, enhancements and work in progress.


BuildingIQ announced the release of version 4.0 of its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution to optimize energy use in commercial buildings. The latest version builds upon the company’s award-winning Predictive Energy OptimizationTM software and offers streamlined analytics, increased visibility into savings and improved managed services - all protected by the security equivalent to that of Internet banking. BuildingIQ saves users 10 to 25 percent in HVAC energy costs with increased scores in LEED, Energy Star, NABERS and other sustainability measures. Read more >>


Helping to meet the growing integration of solar energy, GE’s Digital Energy business launched its three-phase, PROLEC-GE Solar Pad-Mounted Transformer. With PROLEC-GE’s three-phase solar pad-mounted transformers, the energy coming from the solar inverter and generated by photovoltaic cells in solar farms will be transformed from low voltage to medium voltage. The new solar product line transformers can be designed to help customers find the most cost-effective configuration according to their particular needs. Read more >>


ABB has announced a breakthrough in cable technology. It has successfully developed and tested a 525 kilovolt (kV) extruded high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cable system to make renewable energy installations more efficient and cost-effective. This latest innovation will more than double the power capacity to about 2,600 megawatts (MW) from 1,000 MW. It will also expand the cable's reach to distances of 1,500 kilometers, up from less than 1,000 kilometers, while keeping transmission losses under 5 percent. Read more >>


National security, health and engineering solutions company Leidos has announced its comprehensive utility security offering in light of pending updates to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) critical infrastructure protection (CIP) standards. The company’s holistic solution for NERC CIP compliance addresses physical security, critical infrastructure communications and cybersecurity, grid resiliency and hardening and construction management. Read more >>

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