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Organizer – Via Expo Ltd.
The Conference & Exhibition will be held from 5th to 7th March in Sofia, Bulgaria. It will facilitate the implementation of the advanced energy technologies and will promote the best proven practices. Local and international suppliers and buyers, industry professionals from both private and public sector will join the event.
The Conference Highlights
● District Heating and Cooling in Europe, organized by Euroheat & Power. Speakers will acquaint the attendees with ‘Heat Roadmap Europe’, the role of renewables in DHC, energy efficiency measures, etc.
● European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities, Renovation and nZEBs Strategies. Green Roof Gardens, Energy Management System /ISO 50001 – heat, gas, electricity/ and an Environmental Management System /ISO 14001 – water, sewage, emissions of CO2 / in Key Sectors of Municipalities and Cities, etc.
● Intelligent Mobility Solutions in Smart Cities. Case studies by Swarco: Intelligent Street Lighting; Efficient Road Intersection Management and Adaptive Control Systems;
● Waste-to-Energy Workshop, in collaboration with WtERT Greece, will present Global and Local Perspectives for New Waste-to-Energy Projects & Waste-to-Energy for Sustainable Economic and Social Development.
Leading companies from Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Greece, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, the Netherlands and Ukraine will showcase their latest products and innovations.
The exhibition index includes: energy efficient equipment, energy saving lighting and paints, heat pump systems, energy storage devices, e-mobility, BAS, BMS , ICT, telemetry and telematics, renewable energy systems, elevators, escalators, components, etc.
Among the exhibitors are AB Energy Romania, Apricus Solar, Austep, Biogest Energie- und Wassertechnik, CPM Europe, Dreyer & Bosse, Eqtec, Global Hydro Energy, Hitachi Zosen Inova, Kleemann, Polytechnik Luft-und Feuerungstechnik, RPC Radiy, Solare Datensysteme, Swarco, Trez, UMP Technika, Weiss, etc.
For 5th year in a row there will be an Austrian Pavilion, located at a larger exhibition area.
‘ЕЕ & RE‘ ‘Smart Cities’ ‘LiftBalkans’
Brochure Parallel event: ‘Save the Planet’ – Waste Management
Data is the new gold. And, data centers are the new gold mines.
“The future is in infrastructure,” says Raouf Abdel, regional operating chief at Equinix, a data center company. “We are almost migrating back to the mainframe model.”
There has been a flurry of news about data centers in recent times. While Apple has plans to build a $2.7 billion data center in Eemshaven, a town in Netherlands, Google and Microsoft have already built or started construction on data center in the same town. Similarly, Twitter announced plans for a massive data center expansion last year.
The mainframe model Abdel is referring to has large servers or data repositories connected to terminals with keyboards. It was used by large corporations to crunch data and maintain records. The model was replaced by the client/server architecture with several nodes or servers in a network connected to multiple clients. Because they follow a similar monolithic architecture paradigm, modern data centers resemble the mainframe model.
The move towards data centers also makes financial sense for infrastructure companies. Otherwise ailing corporations, such as Cisco and Dell , have seen healthy growth in their data center companies.
Why Own A Data Center?
So, what drives consumer technology companies, such as Google and Facebook, to own a data center?
According to Abdel, there are several reasons for Google and Facebook to make their own data center rather than rent space from a player like Equinix.
For mid-size data centers, a custom DCIM solution might seem out of reach.
“Sure, the ‘big boys’ have the resources to install and maintain smart cabinets, but surely DCIM is too complex for our company. Plus, do we really need all that data?”
The truth is, mid-size data centers stand to gain considerable benefits from DCIM information and efficiencies. In fact, we’ve heard testimonials from mid-size customers reporting major savings after utilizing DCIM intelligence. One customer in the United Kingdom recently reported to our team that it saved more than a million pounds by turning up the data center’s temperature by five degrees – based on information from its DCIM solution.
The current market provides mid-size data centers with affordable custom options that are turn-key, requiring little installation time and providing analytics that allow managers to make real-time operating decisions.
There are a lot of myths that could convince managers that their mid-size data centers are too small for such a significant tool. I’d like to clear up a few of the most common DCIM misperceptions that keep companies from implementing DCIM into their data center operations.
Myth #1: DCIM is too expensive.
Data center managers of mid-size companies may believe that custom DCIM solutions are reserved for Fortune 500 companies with well-funded IT budgets. In reality, effective DCIM solutions can deliver smaller data centers the same benefits while remaining within financial constraints.
DCIM is a broad application. Getting involved in DCIM can be as much as you want it to be. There are a lot of suppliers that will provide various features and functions based on what your company needs. It just depends on what you want to accomplish.
GOOGLE may invest up to €150m in a massive new data centre in West Dublin, the Sunday Independent can exclusively reveal.
The new building could bring the total amount invested in Irish property over the past four years by the California-headquartered company, which employs over 2,500 people here, to as much as €500m.
Google and other US technology giants have come in for criticism over allegations that they are merely using Ireland as a tax base, with recent research suggesting that effective tax rates for US multinationals may be as low as 2.2 percent.
However, this latest proposed investment by the €350bn-valued company reinforces its physical presence in Ireland.
It is understood the internet search giant will file a planning application for the new project tomorrow.
If plans proceed as expected, it will create up to 300 construction jobs over a year or more and up to 60 new full-time jobs once it is operational. A Google spokesperson said: “The data centre that we built in Dublin in 2012 has worked well for us and created around 30 full-time jobs. We’re now considering whether to expand our operations – and so we’re submitting a planning application. This will ensure that we’ve taken into account local opinion and rules, if we do decide to build in the future.”
Data centres are often gargantuan warehouse-like buildings that house tall racks full of humming computer servers that power the internet, e-commerce, email and social media. Ireland is one of the cheapest place to run them thanks to “free air-cooling” due to our mild climate, meaning companies can save millions of euro a year on their electricity bills.
Last September, Google opened a €75m one – its first here in Ireland – and the new project would be twice its size, situated on an adjacent site beside the Nangor Road, it is understood.
Silver Spring Networks (SSNI) on Monday reported fourth-quarter and full-year 2013 financial results that, if disappointing compared to previous goals, still showed a strong growth path for the smart grid networking company. That includes a new customer in Hawaiian Electric Co., and two more undisclosed contract wins that bring the company’s backlog to close to $1 billion — as well as a promise that its newly launched SilverLink Sensor Network is being tested out by multiple utility partners.
The Redwood City, Calif.-based company saw 2013 revenues grow 13 percent compared to the previous year — lower than the 18 percent year-over-year revenue growth it had projected as recently as October. But that’s what the market was expecting after a Jan. 17 warning from the company that several delayed contracts would cause it to fall short of those projections.
Shares of Silver Spring, traded on the New York Stock Exchange, were up 10 cents, or less than 1 percent, to $16.09 as of market close Monday afternoon. The company’s stock price took a significant hit after its January warning, losing roughly a quarter of its value. But with that news out of the way, it appears that Monday’s report did little to surprise investors.
In the meantime, Silver Spring laid out some new business that could boost its fortunes. First, the company reported that Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) has chosen Silver Spring for the initial phase of “one of the country’s most extensive smart grid programs.” While the company didn’t provide details on how many meters or other endpoints were represented in the deal, or about dollar figures associated with the upcoming deployment, it did reveal that it would include advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), as well as customer energy management portals, direct load control, volt/VAR optimization, prepayment, and distributed generation integration.
Those are some of the many services, including outage detection and fault location, demand response and customer engagement, and distribution automation networking, that Silver Spring provides for different U.S. utility customers over its core smart meter network. In Hawaii, it has been working on a smart grid demonstration project with HECO utility Maui Electric since 2011, and in October announced it was integrating solar inverters with its network — an important feature that’s being pursued by a number of smart metering competitors as well.
Utilities across Europe face the prospect of meeting the EU’s goal of installing smart meters for 80% of consumers by 2020. National plans for meeting this target vary considerably across the continent with Italy and Sweden having completed physical roll out without fully utilising smart meter functionality. Gas, electricity, and water suppliers face similar challenges in managing existing meter assets and where appropriate planning for the roll out and maintenance of smart meters.
With so many companies, whether they be the energy/water suppliers themselves or meter asset management companies, finding themselves mired in this transitional phase SMi’s Meter Asset Management and Operations conference will provide practical insight on managing the meter assets already held by utilities and planning for the burst of activity and sizeable workforce increase required to deliver smart meters into consumers’ homes in a relatively short time frame.
Speakers Panel includes:
- Eric Fowler, Head of Commercial and Regulatory Affairs, National Grid
- Vickie Gibson, Managing Director, Energy Assets
- Alan Doody, Head of Asset Management, British Gas
- Dr. Thomas Perry, Meter Operations Manager, E.ON
- Harri Hauta-aho, Project Manager, Fortum
- Simon Harrison, Product Innovation Technology & Trialling Manager, Smart Programme, RWE npower
- Neil Harper, Metering Strategy Manager, United Utilities
- Vic Tuffen, Vice President, Energy and Utilities Alliance
- Roger Stoney, General Manager Metering, SmartMOp
- Dr. Howard Porter, Chief Executive Officer, BEAMA
- Dave Gregson, Director of Operations, Calvin Capital
- Matthew Oakley, Development Manager, Electralink
- Julian Anderton, Head of Operations, Energy UK
- Jo Gilbert, Director, Smart Change
Plus, don’t miss the post-conference workshop on taking place on 25th June 2014:
UK Smart Meter Roll Out| Led by Vic Tuffen, Technical Director, Tuffentech Services Ltd | 08.30-16.30
To view the full speaker line-up and conference programme, visit www.smi-online.co.uk/meter4.asp
SMi Group reports: Leading Industry Experts will meet in London in June 2014 to discuss technological challenges and breakthroughs for the industry
The SMi Group’s 3rd annual Utility Energy Storage Europe Conference will be taking place in London, UK, on the 18th and 19th of June 2014. This is a unique opportunity to hear about technology and application developments for distributed and grid-scale energy storage from leading industry experts. Focusing on the latest research, pilot project updates, and technological challenges and breakthroughs, this informative event will bring together leaders in the field to provide attendees with an in-depth look into the current status of storage.
The SMi Group is pleased to announce Alice Etheridge, Balancing and Markets Manager, Energy Strategy and Policy, National Grid, will be giving a presentation on “Energy storage for balancing the electricity system” at the Utility Energy Storage Europe Conference in London this June.
Key topic insights:
• Deploying storage devices that allow renewable energy to be fully integrated onto the grid
• Microgrids: What does an energy self-sufficient solution look like at the level of an “island” community?
• Exploring the advantages of edge-of-grid over centralised storage and coupling with local DC demand
• How VRFB grid-scale technology will meet the need for efficient distributed storage
Key Speakers Include: Alessandro Fiocco (Chief Executive Officer, Terna Storage), Pallas Agterberg (Director of Strategy & Innovation, Alliander), Erik Hauptmeier (Corporate Research and Development Technologies – Power Networks and Storage, RWE Energie), Gregorio Cappuccino (Chief Executive Officer, CalBatt), Irene Fastelli (Project Manager Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation, Enel), Dr. Julian Schwenzel (Head of Department, Electrical Energy Storage, Fraunhofer IFAM), Jonathan Radcliffe (Programme Director, Energy Storage, Centre for Low Carbon Futures), Sir John Samuel (Development Director, REDT UK Ltd), Simon Daniel (CEO and Founder, Moixa Technology), John Hayling (Investment, Policy & Low Carbon Development Manager, UK Power Networks), Prof. Frede Blaabjerg (Institute of Energy Technology, Aalborg University), Lars Jaeger (Director, Global Power and Energy), Grietus Mulder (Expert Smart Grids and Electricity Storage, VITO) and many more.
Interactive Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshop “Development, process, preparation and management of an energy storage pilot”, hosted by Dr. Ian Whyte, Director, Potential Reactions Limited, will be taking place on the 17th of June.
For more information about this event, go to the event’s website http://www.smi-online.co.uk/utilityenergystorageeu28.asp
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In a six-year span, one major laboratory has been the principal source of two contradictory reports on the power consumption of cloud data centers. The most recent report concludes that moving to the cloud saves energy, yet close inspection of the data reveals that virtualization — not the use of the technology in the cloud — is behind power reduction.
In 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warned Congress that the power draw from cloud data centers appeared to be doubling every five years. At that rate, cloud data centers would be adding more stress to the nation’s power grid than new citizens being added to the population.
Then last June, a study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory proclaimed that businesses moving their e-mail, productivity, and CRM applications to SaaS providers could reduce their power consumption by as much as 87%.
The Cloud Energy and Emissions Research (CLEER) Model, funded in part by Google and introduced by LBNL in its June report, used survey data submitted by U.S. businesses to estimate significant power savings achievable through SaaS. Using this model, researchers extrapolated the following: If all U.S. businesses were to shift their critical business applications to cloud service providers, enough energy savings would be attained each year to power the entire city of Los Angeles.
Obviously, that’s a somewhat different picture than the power precipice painted by the EPA, using data supplied in 2007 by the very same Berkeley Lab. Dale Sartor, who leads LBNL’s Building Technologies Applications Team, told Network Computing data suggests the dire predictions advanced by the EPA did not pan out after all. Though LBNL’s final word on the subject has yet to be published, totals for annual data center electricity use in 2011 appear closer to the low end of the 2007 forecast at 82 billion kilowatt-hours per year, rather than 122 B kWh/year.
The declining economy in the latter half of the prior decade had a significant impact, Sartor said. And although power usage by data centers is continuing to rise, he explained, the computational level of processors improves at a greater rate.
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From software-defined datacentres (SDDC) to an ever-increasing focus on sustainability and energy efficiency, the datacentre market in Australia is thriving and undergoing massive change thanks to game-changing technologies including Cloud computing. A group of select attendees gathered at an exclusive roundtable lunch to discuss datacentre predictions for 2014 – with a key focus on the SDDC promise and vision. The roundtable also touched on the angst over a deskilled reseller market, the worry surrounding a skills shortage, and challenges associated with preparing customers for the transformative technological journey in the datacentre. JENNIFER O’BRIEN reports.
Jennifer O’Brien (JO): How has the datacentre industry evolved? What are some noticeable developments?
John Donovan (JD), VMware: We’ve been working for a long time on helping customers and the partner community understand what the Cloud is for them and architect what a hybrid Cloud looks like. Also on educating them on how to use their existing resources and then be able to move those workloads in a secure fashion into and out of the datacentres. The evolution of the datacentre, the software defined datacentre and the software defined networking and network virtualisation layers are incredibly important to us. This is what we do – we architect the next layer of what this technology looks like. We’ve all got a responsibility to the industry to help describe what this is, what it does and why it’s meaningful to partners and customers, rather than just being hot technology. We should focus on the agility and the cost controls and how it makes things easier to do.
Damien Spillane (DS), Digital Realty: The evolution that we’ve seen in the past three to four years in terms of the workloads and the type of deployments customers are putting into datacentres has changed phenomenally. The changes over the last five years from iPhone apps to Big Data and the next horizon, which is the Internet of everything or M2M, have driven an extraordinary amount of data requirements so, in turn, storage requirements have grown massively. The density of the storage arrays is growing at an astronomical rate. The efficiency of the storage from a gigabyte perspective, and from a cost and space perspective, has grown significantly. And the requirement in terms of kilowatts is still growing. The demand for storage is one of the real trends that we’re seeing in the datacentre space. There’s also a greater awareness of efficiency. The other aspect that we’ve seen evolve is security. As more data has been put into the Cloud – personal, business, legal, and commercial data – organisations are becoming much more aware of the efficiency. The requirements around physical and operational certifications, particularly from a security perspective, is an area that we’re seeing growing – and there are some other evolutions to happen. The final trend is, of course, conductivity. With all of this data that is now residing and all of the compute that’s residing in these large datacentres, the conductivity between them and the size of the pipes, the diversity of the pipes and, of course, the cost of the pipes is a major factor and is changing. The requirement for conductivity is growing.
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