Fresh news on smart grid and green technologies
SMi’s 2nd annual Distributed Energy Storage conference, taking place in London on 17th & 18th June, will provide a complete overview of the developments in the DES market. The two-day programme will focus on policy and pilot project updates and technology advances through case studies from those at the forefront on this sector including: SSE, EDF Energy, E.ON New Build Technology, Northern Powergrid, ESB, National Grid, UK Power Networks and many more.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity attend and meet with senior industry figures from an array of Utilities across the UK and Europe, who will be presenting on their own experiences including breakthroughs, success stories, lessons learnt and how they have adapted to policy changes and incorporating the latest technology developments.
Hear case studies from our industry leading speaker-line up:
• Alistair Steele, R&D Project Manager, Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution
• Karima Boukir, Energy Management & Future Grids, EDF Energy
• Dr Stewart Norman, Storage Programme Manager, E.ON New Build and Technology
• Chris Thompson, Project Delivery Manager – Customer-Led Network Revolution Project, Northern Powergrid
• Sally Fenton, Project Leader – Innovation Delivery, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
• Denis O’Leary, Head of Smart Energy Technology, ESB
• Keith Maclean, Future Networks and Policy Manager, Scottish and Southern Energy
• Graham Taylor, Senior Commercial Analyst, National Grid
• Nick Heyward, Commercial Manager – Future Networks, UK Power Networks
• Mo Cloonan, Head of Development, Community Energy Scotland
• David Green, Founder/CEO, Eco Island Partnership CIC
• Anthony Price, Director, The Electricity Storage Network
For more information about this event, visit http://www.smi-online.co.uk/distributed-energy-storage6.asp
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Industrial control broadly defines the wide range of electronic equipment used in factories, process control plants, and automated facilities for monitoring and controlling manufacturing and other operations. It involves machines like robots, computers, machine tools, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), sensors, relays, valves, motors, and measuring instruments.
Industrial control is also part of mines, oil and gas production, water and waste water treatment, electrical and gas utilities, and other power generation facilities. Airlines, railways, trucking, and metropolitan transportation systems use industrial electronics as well. Yet one dominant theme throughout all industrial control is communications (see “The Industrial Control Model,”
Virtually all equipment and devices rely upon electrical interfaces and networks to function. Over the years, the use of communications equipment has increased and its nature has changed as new technologies have emerged to improve the communications function as well as optimize monitoring and control operations.
Trends And Issues
The industrial field generally lags behind other sectors of electronics simply because its technological needs do not follow the consumer or enterprise market trends. But overall, industrial sectors do follow the general trends in communications technology. Key trends and issues include:
• Continued use of fieldbuses: The fieldbuses are the digital LANs of industry. They connect the sensors, controllers, and actuators of most factory automation and process control facilities. Despite the ongoing movement to Ethernet connectivity and wireless, there continues to be growth of several percent per year in the fieldbus market.
Cisco has long said that it wants to network the world’s electricity grids much like it has networked the internet at large. But connecting computers, smartphones and other Internet Protocol (IP)-capable devices is a bit simpler than connecting power grid equipment that’s built around decades-old technology, as Cisco and other smart grid networking contenders have learned.
Indeed, connecting old grid gear via cutting-edge IP-based networks is a lot trickier than it sounds, requiring both the specialized chops to “translate” all those old utility technologies into a common framework, and the core networking skills to keep all that data traffic and control capability running smoothly — and securely.
On Tuesday, Cisco launched a new set of substation automation products, along with operations and security expertise to back them up, that’s aimed at making this IP-to-grid transition a reality. It’s an interesting combination of some cutting-edge capabilities, including a virtual end-to-end IP network built on Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) technology that can monitor and control old-school substation automation gear and protection schemes at the super-fast latencies required for the task.
At the same time, Cisco has unveiled a new security architecture and support system to make sure that newfangled capability doesn’t open up utilities to risks. In other words, if you’re going to network the grid via the internet, you’d better make sure you’ve locked down all the new access points and “attack surfaces” that this kind of integration opens up.
Building the End-to-End IP Smart Grid via MPLS
Cisco has already deployed its connected grid switches and routers with about 150 utilities around the world, and is deploying its new substation automation gear and IT with a few unnamed customers in Europe, Bradley Tips, senior product marketing manager for Cisco’s grid substation business, said in a Monday interview. The company is also integrating the new technology with big system integration partners, including French grid giant Alstom, as well as Cooper Power Systems and others, he said.
The IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm), the leading international forum dedicated to the advance of the world’s power delivery infrastructure, has extended the “Call for Papers” deadline to May 19, 2013 for its 4th annual event to be held October 21-24, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. All interested academics, industry professionals and government officials are urged to visit www.ieee-smartgridcomm.org/2013 for specific submission details as well as ongoing conference updates.
The transformation of today’s electricity grids into smart grids has been widely hailed as a key for sustainable growth around the world. IEEE SmartGridComm 2013 is dedicated to furthering the integration of the latest information and communications technologies into electric grids as well as enhancing power grid efficiencies and the availability of affordable energy sources to worldwide users. This includes empowering today’s power grid with the capability to support the two-way flow of energy and information, quickly isolate and restore power outages, facilitate the integration of renewable energy sources and provide the tools necessary for optimizing energy consumption.
Up to September 2012, a total of 281 smart grid projects and around 90 smart metering pilots and rollouts have been identified across 30 countries in Europe, accounting for total investments respectively of €1.8 billion and at least €5 billion, according to the Joint Research Center’s latest review.
Of these smart grid projects around 150 are R&D projects with a total budget of around €500 million and around 130 are demonstration projects with a total budget of around €1.3 billion.
The review is an update of the first, 2011 review, which included 219 smart grid and smart metering projects across the EU, Switzerland and Norway with overall investment over €5 billion.
According to the 2012 review, Smart Grid projects in Europe: Lessons learned and current developments, since 2008 investments in smart grid projects in Europe have consistently been above €200 million per year, reaching €500 million in 2011. Project budgets have also been growing steadily, with 61% over €20 million in 2012 compared with 27% in 2006
The U.K., Germany, France and Italy are the leading investors in smart grid projects. However, Denmark is the country most actively involved in R&D projects, supporting a large number of small scale projects, as well as the country that spends the most on smart grid projects per capita and per KWh consumed.
Notably also around 60 of the projects are multinational, with the majority of cooperation links between organizations from EU15 countries.
Regarding the smart metering projects the review states that the main investments to date have been in Italy (€2.1 billion) and Sweden (€1.5 billion). However, it is not possible to reliably ensure an accurate and comprehensive mapping of all the initiatives due to their considerable number.
Recent developments in connectivity technologies have spurred the adoption of Internet-connected “smart” devices for remote sensing, actuating, and intelligent monitoring using advanced analytics and real-time data processing. As the pace and the scale of such solutions increase rapidly, there will soon be a problem getting these disparate solutions to work seamlessly together to realize a large-scale Internet of Things (IoT). Recent developments in protocols and standardization initiatives for the IoT, particularly application layer protocols, aim to address these issues.
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There is an ongoing trend in integrating machine-to-machine (M2M) and wireless sensor network (WSN) solutions with other established Internet services using existing Internet protocols (IPs). This trend has brought the standard IP-centric protocols into the realm of smart devices and smart objects. Solutions such as the iDigi Connect attempt to bring standard connectivity to embedded devices through TCP/IP stacks and Web services through which data acquired can be aggregated over the Internet for visualization and analysis.
Demand Response in the US has now grown to a point where it can potentially meet about 9.2% of peak demand nationwide. That is an increase of 22% from as recently as 2010, according to the annual demand response survey conducted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). In the coming years, with the overall electricity grid becoming ‘smarter,’ a number of demand response programmes can be integrated, which will further assist in realising the full potential for peak reductions.
Against this backdrop, SMi’s 2nd annual European Demand Response and Dynamic Pricing conference will take an in-depth look at how European Utilities are aiming replicate these results through the Ofgem-funded Low Carbon Network projects and other DR initiatives, such as those taking place in France. Furthermore, the latest research developments on heat storage and the new OpenADR Communications protocol to improve interoperability will be explored with case studies provided by senior industry figures from companies at the forefront of Demand Response innovation in Europe.
Speaker Panel include:
• Adam Cooper, Associate Partner – Sustainable Energy Policy, Ofgem
• Craig Dyke, Strategy Development Manager, National Grid
• Chris Harris, Head of Retail Regulation, RWE Npower
• Bernard Delpech, Executive Vice President R&D, EDF
• Simon Brooke, Low Carbon Projects Manager, Electricity North West
• Sanna Atherton, Innovation and Low Carbon Networks Engineer, Western Power Distribution
• Jim Cardwell, Head of Regulation & Strategy, Northern Powergrid
• Barry Haaser, Managing Director, OpenADR Alliance
View the full speaker line-up and programme at http://www.smi-online.co.uk/2013demand-response6.asp
For more information, contact Aaron Jackson on telephone: +44 (0) 20 7827 6064 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
19-20 September 2013
Como Lake (Italy)
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We are excited to announce that the fifth Workshop on Real-World Wireless Sensor will be held at the Como Lake, Italy in September 2013.
The purpose of the fifth Workshop on Real-World Wireless Sensor Networks (REALWSN) is to bring together researchers and practitioners working in the area of sensor networks, with focus on real-world experiments or deployments. Included are, nontheless, new forms of sensing such as those that leverage smart phones, Internet of Things, RFIDs, and robots.
When working with real-world experiments or deployments, many new issues arise: the network environment may be composed of a variety of different technologies, leading to very heterogeneous network structures; software development for large scale networks poses new types of problems; prototype networks may differ significantly from the deployed system; actual sensor network deployments may need a complex combination of autonomous and manual configuration. Furthermore, results obtained through simulation are typically not directly applicable to operational networks and it is therefore imperative for the community to produce results from experimental research.
Authors are invited to submit papers (12 pages, Springer format, 10 point font size) for presentation at the workshop. Papers will be
selected based on originality, technical merit, and relevance. Submissions must be fully anonimized, as REALWSN will apply a double-blind review process. Accepted papers will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes on Electrical Engineering series and indexed by all major digital libraries (e.g., ISI, Scopus, Google Scholar, …).
All topics pertaining to real-world wireless sensor networks and modern forms of sensing are of interest, including but not limited to:
* Experiences with real-world deployments
* Mining real-world sensor network data
* Sensor systems leveraging smart phones (crowd sensing)
* Sensors systems involving Internet of Things (IoT), RFIDs, robots
* Experimental validation/refutation of previous simulation results obtained by others
* Real-world performance of self-organization and self-management
* Debugging, testing, validation, and management
* Deployment and configuration
* Applications in medicine, industry, science, environmental monitoring
* Security and trust
* Scalability in practice
* Development and prototyping platforms
* Operating systems, sensor network programming paradigms, and languages
* Middleware for heterogeneous networks
* Real-time and dependability issues
* Hardware support for real-world sensor networks
* Robustness at all levels: communication, software, hardware
* Energy efficient protocols
* Hardware and software methods for energy measurement and profiling
* Electronic submissions due: June 21st, 2013
* Notification of acceptance: August 8th, 2013
* Camera-ready copy due: August 30th, 2013
* Workshop: 19-20 September 2013
We will organize a poster and demo session as well. The deadline will be August 15th 2013, notification August 22nd 2013. A separate call will be distributed.
* Luca Mottola, Politecnico di Milano, Italy and SICS, Sweden
Program committee chairs:
* Koen Langendoen, TUD, The Netherlands
* Wen Hu CSIRO, Australia
* Thiemo Voigt, Uppsala University and SICS, Sweden
* Silvia Santini, TU Darmstadt, Germany
* Nirupama Bulusu, Portland State University, USA
* Per Gunningberg, Uppsala University, Sweden
* Chamath Keppitiyagame, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
* Gian Pietro Picco, University of Trento, Italy
* Utz Rödig, University of Lancaster, UK
* Christian Rohner, Uppsala University, Sweden
* Kay Römer, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
* Jochen Schiller, FU Berlin, Germany
* Cormac Sreenan, UC Cork, Ireland
* Tim Wark, CSIRO, Australia
* Neal Patwari, University of Utah, USA
* Omprakash Gnawali, University of Houston, USA
* Yu (Jason) Gu, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
* Olga Saukh, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
* Niki Trigoni, University of Oxford, UK
* Marco Zuniga, TU Delft, The Netherlands
* Prasant Misra, SICS, Sweden
* Chiara Petrioli, University of Rome, Italy
* Philipp Sommer, CSIRO, Australia
* Gianluca Dini, University of Pisa, Italy
The ZigBee Alliance has completed its Smart Energy Profile 2 specifications, aiming to establish an important standard for wireless connectivity in the internet of things (IoT).
The standards body, which governs the ultra-low power, short range communications protocol, believes SEP 2 will take ZigBee beyond its traditional markets in industrial controls and into millions of connected devices such as smart meters or home security systems.
The timing is good, at a time when large players are talking vocally about plans to extend their networks to all kinds of sensors and gadgets. AT&T last week unveiled its Digital Life home automation and security service in 15 US cities, for instance. While that is designed to provide a new revenue stream for its cellular network, many smart home and IoT initiatives are using unlicensed spectrum technologies, with a major battle in the offing between low energy Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Bluetooth and some emerging alternatives like white space standard Weightless. SEP 2 is targeted at smart grid applications but is likely to be the basis for broader use cases in future.
The ZigBee SEP 2 provides IP-based information and control for energy management in so-called HANs (home area networks), for both wired and wireless networks. SEP 2 supports new capabilities such as control of plug-in and hybrid electric vehicle chargers; and deployments in multi-dwelling buildings. It is designed to be flexible, for instance by supporting interfaces to allow multiple energy services in one premises. And it supports any IETF IP-compliant transport protocol, with the new ZigBee IP only one option.
Work on SEP 2 was carried out in partnership with the HomePlug Alliance and other industry groups have participated too.
Tobin Richardson, chairman and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance said: “Now that the standard is done, the Alliance and our partners are working hard to complete the test plans and tools necessary to certify SEP 2 products.”
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Samsung held a press conference on the eve of Lightfair International (LFI) 2013, and revealed plans to sell wireless ZigBee-based retrofit lamps with the launch of a starter kit planned for the third quarter. The company also announced new solid-state lighting (SSL) MR16 lamps, LED-based retrofit tubes for fluorescent fixtures, and new packaged LEDs and LED modules.
Samsung chose LFI as a venue to try and establish publicly what the company considers a leadership position in LEDs, modules, and lighting products. Nam-seong Cho, executive vice president and head of the LED business at Samsung Electronics, said, “We have taken the lead in product innovation.” Specifically, Cho mentioned the recent announcement of the160-lm/W mid-power LM561B LEDs and S-140 LED-based retrofit tubes that are being sold in Japan delivering a two-year payback for consumers via 140-lm/W performance.
Still it was the ZigBee-based lighting that attracted the most attention at the event, and indeed lighting networks and controls are the prevalent story at LFI. Jaap Schlejen, senior vice president of LED lighting sales and marketing, revealed the plans for a starter kit that will include three wireless-enabled retrofit lamps and a ZigBee network bridge that will enable control via smartphones and other devices.”
The starter kit at first sounded like a product similar to the Philips Hue, but in actuality does not include color-tuning capabilities — neither RGB tuning or tunable white CCTs. Instead the Samsung lamps will simply support dimming and remote on and off control. Schlejen would not say what the kit would sell for but implied a much lower price point that the $200 it costs for the Hue starter kit.
Both Cho and Schlejen stressed that Samsung has an entry point into the networked home opened by products including smartphones, intelligent Internet-enabled TVs, and Internet-enabled home appliances. Schlejen said, “Samsung drives digital convergence.” The company expects everything in the home to be connected ranging from kitchen appliances to lighting.
The initial smart lights will offer the equivalent light output of a 50W incandescent lamp and be rated for 25,000 hours of usage. Schlejen said the lamps will offer smooth dimming to 1%, and 75% energy savings relative to incandescent lamps.
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