Where in the world are this week's smart grid wins?



By Liz Enbysk

SGN Managing Editor


If you remember the "Where's Waldo?" series, this week's smart grid wins are popping up here, there and everywhere just like the bespectacled Waldo did. Scroll down and jump over to page 2 to take the full tour.




·         ABB won an order worth around $150 million to supply converter transformers, DC filter capacitors and key components for converter valves for the world’s highest capacity power link in China. ABB says the 800-kilovolt ultra-high-voltage direct current transmission connection will transport clean hydropower over a distance of 1,670 kilometers, from Yibin in Sichuan province in southwest China to Zhejiang province on the east coast when it is completed next year. Read more >>


·         Ventyx announced that world-leading energy service provider E.ON has selected a comprehensive set of Ventyx software solutions to underpin its new smart grid control center in Malmo, Sweden. E.ON is one of the world’s largest investor-owned power and gas companies, serving more than 26 million customers in over 30 countries. Building on its existing deployment of Ventyx’s SCADA system, E.ON will be testing Ventyx solutions for business analytics, network optimization, load forecasting, demand response and distributed resource management. Read more >>


·         Hydrogenics has been awarded a contract for a 1 MW hydrogen energy storage system to be deployed in the City of Hamburg, Germany and run by E.ON. "This is another exciting milestone both for Hydrogenics and the energy storage industry in general," said Daryl Wilson, President and CEO of the Ontario company. "Sites such as this E.ON facility will allow Germany to more efficiently use the large amount of renewable energy generated from wind and solar power, which can fluctuate dramatically due to environmental conditions. Hydrogen-based energy storage systems can absorb surplus energy as needed, return power when required, alleviate grid instability and improve overall utility performance." Read more >>


·         Harris Utilities announced that Stowe Electric Department has chosen its MeterSense meter data management solution and its CustomerConnect customer engagement solution to gather and analyze meter data and present consumption information to consumers. The utility distributes electricity to some 4,000 residential and commercial consumers in Northern Vermont. Read more >>


·         Milsoft Utility Solutions announced that its GIS solution has been chosen by the Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative and its Engineering Analysis (EA) got the nod from Independence Power and Light in Missouri. "We will be using Milsoft EA to create and maintain the detailed circuit model that we need for the best results from our OMS,” said Leon Daggett, Power & Light Director. Read more >>




·         Advanced Energy Industries based in Fort Collins, Colorado has acquired REFUsol Holding GmbH, a leading provider of three-phase string solar PV inverters for commercial applications with headquarters in Metzingen, Germany. Advanced Energy says three-phase string inverters are becoming one of the fastest-growing inverter applications worldwide. "The addition of the three-phase string inverters to our product line is very complementary, broadening our portfolio and extending our geographic distribution," said CEO Garry Rogerson. "Using our existing channel in North America and REFUsol's infrastructure in emerging territories including India, Asia, Mediterranean countries and Eastern Europe, we can more quickly gain access to and penetrate areas with the greatest growth prospects.  Read more >>


Did you miss last week's wins list? See it 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.