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To address the unique demand response challenges in Europe, companies are pilot testing systems that can reduce load on local feeder transmission lines and integrate the continent's growing intermittent renewable energy sources.
Date: 10/07/2011
Type: News
Roads that use solar power to melt snow, spell warnings for motorists, or connect to weight sensitive panels that illuminate a crosswalk when activated are one step closer to becoming a reality.
Date: 08/15/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
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Brad Williams at Oracle outlines what's expected next for the smart grid from regulators and customers in this market .
Date: 05/31/2011
Type: Video
Technologies: Smart Grid
AES batteries
Power company AES is in the process of scaling up its lithium-ion grid battery projects to a commercial size, and by the third quarter of this year, plans to start operating a 32 MW lithium-ion battery project in West Virginia.
Date: 05/06/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Storage
Advances in higher-voltage power electronics could usher in a new distribution grid architecture, underpinning the future smart grid.
Date: 05/03/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid
clouds
Integrating cloud computing with demand response is a growing trend. This week, Lockheed Martin integrated its demand response technology with a cloud-based smart meter platform and EnerNOC announced it is turning to Salesforce.com’s cloud to keep track of its demand response customers.
Date: 03/07/2011
Type: Blog
Texas
Last week’s events in Texas help illustrate that building an ever-expanding fleet of gas-fired peaking plants may not solve all our electricity needs. Instead, smart homes may be key to our rational energy future.
Date: 02/14/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid
Call center
A recent thesis by an undergraduate at Purdue University found that many utility call centers can’t answer basic questions on the smart grid.
Date: 01/20/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities
“Le Hive,” the Paris headquarters of Schneider Electric.
French company Schneider Electric has built a campus of interconnected buildings as a test bed and proving ground for advanced sensor, measurement, analysis, and control technologies that promise to improve building energy efficiency by an average of 30 percent.
Date: 01/19/2011
Type: Article
Smart Transformer: A prototype of a smart solid-state transformer
New solid-state power-management devices will charge cars fast and make the power grid more flexible and efficient.
Date: 12/22/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid

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