• Free seminars on implications of smart meters and smart grids

    The Digital Communications and Modern Build Environment Knowledge Transfer Networks are sponsoring a series of free seminars on the implications of smart meters and smart grids.

    The next seminar will take place on 21 September at Teacher Hall in Glasgow. Details of the event and an agenda are available at: http://tinyurl.com/35edem7. Free registration is available at http://tinyurl.com/3y4uxrd.

    Electrical energy consumption accounts for about 18% of all the UK's fuel use, contributing substantially to our total carbon emissions. Also, manual meter inspection is a significant operating cost for the power utilities, and the vans used for transport by meter inspectors to visit the UK's 26m domestic dwellings make an additional and significant contribution to total carbon emissions.

    Smart meters offer the potential of creating a communications network, allowing for remote meter reading, and - providing suitable smart meters are installed - can also be used to control energy consuming equipment in the home. For example, smart meters can be used to switch off non-essential appliances, or at times when there is a need to reduce peak demand. This will reduce carbon emissions and help balance peak load demand on the electricity generation network, vital in effectively managing the UK's energy gap in 2015-17.

    The creation of the UK's national smart meter and smart grid networks is a major undertaking, requiring substantial investment to install the networks and replace existing power meters - present estimates put investment in the range £7-10bn. As demonstrated by the internet, there are also significant security implications arising from the introduction of a distributed communications network - procedures will be needed to deter and deflect malicious attacks on the network.

    Such a massive investment programme creates a myriad of opportunities for organisations in the energy, communications, construction, consumer electronics, transport and IT sectors, among others. The seminar aims to demonstrate what the potential could be for your organisation.

  • Smart grids rely on relays

    The quest for intelligent, so called smart grid technology is seen by many as the key to future exploitation of renewable energy sources and the inclusion on the grid of home grown generation from micro CHP systems. But, as Keith Hamilton, group managing director of PBSI Group explains, the prerequisite for the establishment of smart grids relies on a significant investment in equipment as humble as protection relays

  • The smart grid's role in increasing energy efficiency

    The past decade has seen governments across the globe introducing targets aimed at increasing energy efficiency and lowering carbon emissions in the face of growing environmental concern. The European Union (EU), for example, introduced its ‘20-20-20’ targets in 2008, which call for a 20% reduction in EU greenhouse gas emissions based on 1990 levels; 20% of energy sources to come from renewable energy; and a 20% reduction in primary energy usage; all by 2020. Bastian Fischer, vice president of industry strategy at Oracle Utilities explains

  • Enabling the smart grids of the future

    The energy transmission and distribution industry is evolving. For switchgear customers, distribution automation and environmental responsibility are now high on the agenda, alongside the traditional requirements of performance, reliability, safety and cost. However, as the lifetime of switchgear is often 20 years or more, technology R&D must be both innovative and pragmatic – meeting demands for automation and load-related growth, while allowing for the refurbishment of, and integration with, existing assets. Sundeep Singh, product marketing manager at Lucy Switchgear, explains

  • Telecoms for Smart Grids

    Telecoms for Smart Grids

    23rd and 24th September 2013,

    Marriott Hotel Regents Park, London


    Smart Grid Communication technologies capable of enhancing energy efficiency, utility operations, renewable resource integration, and meet the needs of increasing power demands will lead the global evolution of the Smart Grid.

  • Smart grids: The second wave of utilities infrastructure

    In recent years, our energy needs have achieved a level of critical mass that has brought the issue of power consumption to the forefront of public debate. Recognising the need to address accelerating population growth, the industrialisation of emerging economies, and the alarming scarcity of fossil fuels, both governments and utilities have initiated a second wave of infrastructure investment with the adoption of smart grids. Brad Williams, vice president for industry strategy at Oracle Utilities, explains.

  • The power of innovation

    For many years, grid operators relied only on tried and tested technologies – but a drive towards innovation in recent years is reaping rewards. Peter Jones explains how new technologies and new applications for existing technologies can help operators make the most of their assets and do more with less 

  • Solar farms connect to a high-power grid

    Energy specialist Alfen has been selected by Solarcentury to provide the high-voltage power grid connections for a 17.5 megawatt-peak (MWp) solar farm at the location of recycling company Twence in Enschede, the Netherlands as well as for a solar farm of approximately 45 MWp at the location of zinc smelting company Nyrstar in Budel, the Netherlands.

  • Reviewing big data implementation

    Reviewing big data implementation

    Grid Analytics Europe 2018 this year draws together 120+ utility big data leaders and smart grid domain experts for a review of practical big data implementations, and a discussion of the next steps in developing the data management, analytics and visualisation function, to maximise value and drive use-case expansion across the smart utility asset management, operations & maintenance, customer journey and finance department.

  • Renewable revolution: Rethinking the role of a UPS

    Riello UPS general manager Leo Craig explains why our increased reliance on renewable energy offers mission-critical sites the perfect opportunity to rethink the role of their uninterruptible power supplies. It’s time to turn a reactive, underutilised asset into a proactive, carbon-cutting money-maker.

  • Intelligent grid connections

    Stephen Jones, ABB Power Grid’s head of business development for the Distributed Energy Sector, explains what makes a grid connection intelligent – and how this can help data centre operators.

  • Busbar trunking system market to exceed $3 bn by 2025

    The busbar trunking system market size is set to surpass 3 billion USD by 2025, according to Global Market Insights.

  • Siemens introduces virtual power plant service platform

    Siemens Finland has created a new business to expand its virtual power plant activity: Vibeco (Virtual Buildings Ecosystem).

  • A strong backbone

    Livia Rosu, marketing chair at HomeGrid Forum, explains how G.hn technology could hold the key to unlocking the future of the power grid.

  • Digitising power

    Dave Roberts, director at EA Technology, explains how the OpenLV project is meeting the challenge of keeping the lights on whilst decarbonising the future.

  • Hashtag no filter

    Dave Armitage of Schaffner Group discusses the critical role EMI (electromagnetic interference) filtering has to play in electrical energy facilities.

  • Are microgrids the future of UK energy?

    Britain experienced its biggest blackout in more than a decade this summer due to two power plant outages, leaving almost a million homes across the country in the dark. Because of this, the energy watchdog and the government have raised concerns about the grid’s ability to cope with changing energy needs and demands. Here, Alan Binning, regional sales manager at energy software developer, COPA-DATA, explains how microgrids could help.

  • Old grid, new tricks

    With today’s unprecedented demand for energy, needless to say our current grid isn’t coping all that well. With our appetite for power only set to grow, Luke Osborne, energy and emerging technologies solutions advisor, ECA, explores what it would take to build a smart grid for our times.

  • Micro mission

    E+I Engineering explores the role of microgrids in critical power management.