Fresh news on smart grid and green technologies
The smart home device market is rapidly growing and is be driven in part by a newly emerging home service market where various cable MSOs, broadband service providers, and telcos offer a variety of new home automation and connected home services. These include home security, temperature monitoring and control, remote locking and unlocking of doors and windows, turning lights off and on, as well home health monitoring, water and gas leak monitoring, etc.
This market requires a variety of technology solutions — sensors, controllers, and actuators — the various devices for the Smart Home that together can be labeled as “sentrollers.” In addition, the market will require set-top boxes and/or home control boxes, the central router for all the home’s automated systems, as well as for entertainment and broadband access.
The interesting aspect of this is that the technologies that enable the home services space have essentially existed for many years, but until recently, their use has mostly been restricted to those early innovators who were willing to go the extra distance to make the various disparate services, hardware, and components function together. However, with the emergence and acceptance of ZigBee among the leading cable companies, telcos, service providers, etc., there’s finally a standardized wireless communication technology that enables easy installation and communication between the various devices.
This is very similar to what occurred with WiFi. At first, there were many different and incompatible technologies battling for acceptance, but eventually a worldwide standard emerged in 802.11 that enabled various industries to start developing and manufacturing products that not only could talk to each other, but that would operate worldwide. A similar phenomenon is happening now with the Smart Home and ZigBee.
ACI’s 4th Annual Energy Storage event is heading back to Luxembourg City, Luxembourg on 14-15 May 2014. The two day conference as always will bring together key industry stakeholders from the utilities industry, TSOs, DNOs, EES application developers and owners, as well as manufacturers to discuss the roadmap to monetizing energy storage: creating new business models and platforms for new entrants in the race to accelerate the technology push of various EES systems.
The conference will have a heavy focus on case study examples of EES projects across the globe, discussing how they overcame challenges such as costs, lifecycle, safety and many other obstacles to development & deployment.
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While the smart-grid sector and the oil and gas sector have a multitude of differences, they share a common trend: Both are adopting M2M networking combined with a layer of data analytics to help lower costs and drive efficiencies. These two sectors illustrate how M2M technology and data are transforming the energy industry.
This report examines the drivers of M2M-data exploitation in the smart-grid sector and the oil and gas sector, as well as the risks and opportunities for buyers and suppliers of the related core technologies and services. Key findings of our analysis include:
- Utilities will see the value of smart meters initially for cost reduction, with better load-forecasting and demand-side energy-management systems and demand-response systems on the near-term horizon. Virtual power plants are still largely conceptual for utilities, but they have value in helping them begin thinking about using software solutions to avoid building new peaking power plants.
- On the consumption side, smart-grid M2M data presents new opportunities around behavioral as well as residential demand response (DR). Consumer-engagement platforms still struggle to find clear adoption by utilities and consumers.
- The initial wave of opportunity in M2M and oil and gas is coming from remote monitoring and surveillance with an eye to increasing operational efficiency and reducing business and safety risks. Oil and gas operations are moving from a reactive to proactive model, based on preventative maintenance.
- Heightened concerns over environmental safety are also driving M2M data programs. M2M data offers companies a chance to improve safety, both in a workplace scenario and along high-risk distribution channels.
- From the upstream to the downstream market, sensor data is being collected to improve productivity and distribute oil and gas more quickly and with greater accuracy.
A Facebook-led data center certification laboratory will be officially unveiled in Taiwan later this month, according to Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).
Established on Dec. 27, 2013 to become the world’s first of its kind, the lab, located in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan, will be officially unveiled on March 3, the institute said on its website.
Part of the Open Compute Project (OCP) promoted by Facebook, the lab will start certifying submissions from data centers around the world by testing whether the applicants’ hardware, software and operating systems meet the standards of Facebook’s server designs, the institute said in a statement.
Data centers process the vast amount of information transmitted over the internet, including by users such as Facebook account holders.
The project’s executive director Cole Crawford and vice president Charlie Manese as well as Sanjeev Khanna, a senior director at Microsoft, will all attend the unveiling ceremony, in which ITRI president Shyu Jyuo-min and representatives from Quanta Computer, Wiwynn and Intel Taiwan will be present, the statement said.
DCIM technology is core to Facebook’s approach to managing capacity and achieving efficiency in the data center. At the recent Open Compute Summit in San Jose, California, Tom Furlong (here’s a video link to his talk) spoke about how Facebook defined and implemented DCIM technology to accommodate 42 use cases.
As part of their process, Facebook conducted a Proof of Concept (POC) with third-party DCIM vendors to collect and rationalize thousands of data points in real-time, or near real-time, before investing in a platform.
While Facebook may have different criteria in how they approach DCIM, you may want to consider the following factors before deciding how to bring DCIM into your data center:
Ensure that the vendor’s DCIM technology has the scalability and architecture to meet the specific design of your data center or portfolio of data centers, whether owned or leased from a colo provider. You will be pulling on the order of hundreds or thousands of data points. Start with an evaluation of your requirements, and then task the vendors to demonstrate how they can achieve those requirements in your environment. Through product demonstrations, interviews, site visits or, if appropriate, a proof of concept, you want to make sure that the scalability and architecture will produce the results you require.
Know It Will Integrate
One of your requirements is likely something along the lines of “gather data points from across the physical equipment and systems in our data center, including CRACs/CRAHs, variable speed fans, chillers, BMSs, branch circuit monitoring, PDUs, UPSs, generators, servers, sensors, and more.” Your data center uses equipment from a variety of vendors, so you want to be sure the solution will provide integration to meet your use cases, both now and in the future.
Australian start-up Megaport, which provides “on demand” interconnection services between data centres, claims to have found a way to enable customers to provision bandwidth between data centres from a web browser or mobile device.
“Any customer that is connected to any Megaport regardless of which data centre they are in will be able to connect to any other Megaport customer connected to any other data centre,” founder and chief executive Bevan Slattery said.
Connectivity is possible thanks to switches, routers and fibre connections within and between 18 data centres around Australia. The company is using software defined networking technologies to allow customers to set up connections almost instantly via the web or apps for Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. They can stay connected for a day or many months.
Slattery, a former member of the BRW Young Rich List and a serial entrepreneur who also co-founded Pipe Networks and NextDC, said the company plans to increase connectivity to a total of 30 data centres by the middle of this year. It also plans expand into Asia, spending $40 million installing its own fibre cables in Singapore.
Megaport launched in mid-2013 and now has more than 100 customers, mostly service providers such as telcos, internet service providers and cloud service providers, including Amazon Web Services.
Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITRI) announced today a new way of delivering its smart grid and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solutions with Itron TOTAL. The new offering takes Itron’s existing industry-leading capabilities in metering, communications, data management, analysis and professional services, and packages them all together in a simplified, subscription-based pricing structure with complete managed services. The multi-commodity offering is available across electric, gas and water solutions in North America.
With Itron TOTAL, Itron’s experienced team manages all aspects of a utility’s data collection system and operations, offloading the burden of day-to-day management tasks and freeing utility staff to focus on gaining more benefits and capabilities from their systems. The offering’s predictable cost model allows utilities to deploy advanced technology and services at their own pace, whether they are looking for surgical deployments or a complete system upgrade. Utilities receive faster access to the full breadth and depth of Itron’s products and services, and can capitalize on Itron’s robust security and advanced monitoring capabilities.
“Itron launched Itron TOTAL to simplify the way in which we offer smart grid and AMI solutions to our customers,” said Jeff Carkhuff, vice president of global product management for electricity at Itron. “Itron TOTAL is yet another way that we are helping utilities be more resourceful so they can better manage energy and water.”
With the bundled managed services offering, the utility owns the hardware and Itron manages all network communications, system operations, data delivery, data collection and reporting, basic meter data management and network management. Utilities can add additional functionality such as analytics, field installation and maintenance options, distribution automation, consumer engagement and other advanced AMI functionality.
To learn more about Itron TOTAL, visit www.itron.com/total
Squeezing more efficiency out of the data center (DC), whether it is a full-blown, multi-tenant, fully hosted service or a server closet for a five-man shop, has always been a top goal for the administrators who run them. However, recent advances in server, client, power management and cloud technologies, if they haven’t made efficiency easier to do, have at least made it possible to better control the power and performance profiles of the various parts of the
As a result, efficiency will be the battle cry for data center admins in 2014 even more so than in the past. But it won’t be efficiency for efficiency’s sake. Instead, new efficiencies will be tied ever more closely with business objectives and, indeed, even with marketing campaigns as businesses look to be responsible corporate citizens.
BYOD, not BYOA
Data center administrators, for the most part, are still trying to figure out how to deal with users who insist on using their own devices, including laptops, tablets and smartphones. Ensuring company applications work on a multitude of devices while offering the kind of security expected in the business world is far from a given, and 2014 will continue to see BYOD as a focus of the DC.
However, don’t expect to see the same progress in the newest end user buzzword, BYOA or bring your own application. Users familiar with certain applications they use for personal business will increasingly look to bring those applications to their business life. Here is where DC administrators will look to draw the line. It is already hard enough for most businesses to secure and enforce policies on devices running multiple business applications. Securing multiple applications tailored to users’ preferences is another layer of complexity.
BYOA will have one positive impact in 2014, however. Enough users wanting to use their own apps could tell the DC admins that they need to consider whether such apps can increase worker productivity and should, therefore, be brought in and managed as any other business apps.
The world likely has too many DCs, leading to duplicate infrastructures and a raft of unnecessary expenses, including real estate, power consumption and administration. The problem is compounded with every merger or acquisition, unless the surviving entity immediately jumps on eliminating the excess capacity.
SMi Group reports: RWE Gas Storage, Shell Energy Europe, Centrica Storage Limited, E.ON Gas Storage, National Grid, CEDIGAZ and many others will meet in London in June 2014 to discuss market trend and future developments to ensure sustainable infrastructure
The SMi Group is proud to present its 8th annual Gas Storage and Transmissions Conference, taking place in London, UK, on the 18th and 19th of June 2014. Registration in now live.
This conference is bringing to you the most respected speakers from across the industry giving a comprehensive overview of the market, looking at the current state of the European Gas market and security of supply, gas transmission and how gas storage will contribute to future demand, infrastructure and investment challenges, plus more. Get the chance to network with leading experts who are currently developing and operating gas storage and transmission networks.
Benefits of Attending:
• Discuss the state and recent developments of the UK & European gas market
• Hear about the latest project developments from leading operators
• Evaluate the business case for gas storage
• Understand the investment challenges in the market
• Discover how gas storage will contribute to future transmissions network market
Key Speakers Include:
• Mike Madden, Managing Director, MJM Energy Daniel Urban, Manger Regulatory Affairs, RWE Gas Storage
• Thorsten Dinkela, Head of Business Development N&E, Shell Energy Europe
• Jim Craig, Managing Director, Centrica Storage
• Gundolf Schweppe, Head of Marketing and Sales, E.ON Gas Storage
• David Smith, Future Networks and Transmissions Manager, National Grid
• Rene van der Vegt Commercial Manager, Gas Storage Bergermeer
• Michael King, Managing Partner, Hydrodynamics
• William Cutler, Energy Security Analyst, DECC (subject to final confirmation)
• Jan Ingwersen, Business Area Manager, European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas
• Geoffroy Hureau, General Secretary, CEDIGAZ
• Hans-Age Nielsen, Team Leader Gas Storage, Energinet.dk and many more…
Plus, get the chance to visit the interactive half-day pre-conference workshop:
Delta Hedging of Flexible Gas Assets and Contracts
Workshop Leader: Cyriel de Jong, Founder and Director, KYOS Energy
For more information or to register, please visit the event’s website: http://www.smi-online.co.uk/2014gasstorage45.asp
Alternatively contact Andrew Gibbons on +44(0) 207 827 6156 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact for media-partners – Julia Rotar, email@example.com
SMi Group reports: 4th annual European Smart Grid Cyber & SCADA Security Forum will open its doors in just 2 weeks. Leading experts will meet to discuss future SCADA & Smart Grid technologies, security risks surrounding Electricity and Water infrastructures.
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“The EU’s cyber security agency ENISA signals that assessing the threats for smart grids is crucial for their protection and is therefore a key element in ensuring energy availability.
Security is crucial for gaining the trust of the EU citizens on using these services. However, there are many security challenges to overcome in order to ensure their successful deployment.” (ENISA, Press-Release, Jan 30, 2014).
Konstantinos Moulinos, Expert in Network & Information Security, ENISA, will be speaking at the 4th annual European Smart Grid Cyber and SCADA Security Conference (London, 10-11/03/2014) on “Minimum Security Measures for Smart Grids”.
This industry leading event will address the latest updates on the threat landscape of cyber-attacks, as well as privacy, integrity and security of data involving Smart Grid technology.
Event’s website: http://www.smi-online.co.uk/2014cybergrids3.asp
Confirmed attendees include: Aegis London, Alliander N.V., BP, Brunel University, California Water and Power Company, Con Edison of New York, Devoteam Consulting, E.ON Sverige AB, Eandis, Electric Power Research Institute, Electricity North West, ENEL Engineering and Research, Energinet.dk, ENCS, European Network and Information Security Agency, EON Metering GmbH, ESMIG, Frazer-Nash Consultancy, Navigant Research, NXP Semiconductors, Omicron Electronics, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, PWC, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Serious Organised Crime Agency, SSE, Statnett SF, swissgrid AG and many more.
Keynote Speakers Include:
• Konstantinos Moulinos, Expert in Network & Information Security, ENISA
• Martin Visser, Security Officer Process Automation, Waternet
• Henrik Magnusson, Technical Strategy Manager for the Future Networks team , Scottish and Southern Energy
• Rudolf Baumann, Chairman of the Transmission Security Cooperation, Senior Advisor Operations, swissgrid AG
• Aaron Goater, Energy Adviser, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
• Steve Brunasso, Manager of Security and Networking, California Water and Power Company
• Rob van Bekkum, Program Manager, European Network for Cyber Security
• Daniela Pestonesi, Automation and Diagnostics, Enel Engineering & Research SpA
• Galen Rasche, Technical Executive, Electric Power Research Institute and many more.
For more information about this event and how to register, contact Ali Ahmad on +44 (0) 20 7827 6148 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
European Smart Grid Cyber and SCADA Security is proud to be sponsored by DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability, Check Point Software Technologies, ViaSat, Waterfall Security and Palo Alto Networks. For sponsorship opportunities contact Sadia Malick, Director, via email@example.com or call +44 (0) 207 827 6748.
Event’s website: http://www.smi-online.co.uk/2014cybergrids3.asp
Contact for media-partners: Julia Rotar, firstname.lastname@example.org