This weekâ€™s wins: Smart grid sector as busy as ever
By: SGN Staff
By DOUG PEEPLES
SGN News Editor
Apparently, the smart grid sector isnâ€™t suffering from a late summer slowdown. This weekâ€™s wins collection covers a lot of ground, from demand response to offshore wind power and more.
Schneider Electric, a global energy management company, and Big Data analytics firm AutoGrid Systems will partner to bring demand response and Big Data analytics services to utilities, service providers and consumers in North America.
Schneider Electric will integrate AutoGridâ€™s Energy Data Platform (EDP), a cloud-based Big Data platform for managing and optimizing the electricity grid, into its Wiserâ„¢ home management system, a comprehensive solution that connects utilities and consumers, enabling homeowners to better control energy consumption. Wiser Powered by AutoGrid will allow utilities to reduce peak power, curb emissions, and improve energy productivity to effectively utilize more of the electricity that is generated on the grid by enabling users to have a closer connection to their energy information.
ABB, a power and automation technology group, has won an order worth around $30 million from Furnas Centrais ElÃ©tricas S.A. to construct a new indoor transmission substation in downtown Rio de Janeiro to power the renowned Maracana soccer stadium and the adjacent neighborhood. The Maracana stadium was the worldâ€™s largest when originally inaugurated in 1950, with space for around 200,000 spectators. The rebuilt stadium will host seven games in 2014 including the World Cup final. Brazil is boosting its power capacity and enhancing its transmission and distribution infrastructure to ensure that its electricity grid can meet the needs of its expanding economy as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.