Postings tagged with: grid


Usman Sindhu| May 27, 2015

Exploring Merits of the Transactive Energy Model

I recently attended a workshop hosted by GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC) on transactive energy. The participants discussed developments of Transactive Energy in North America. There was discussion on how Transactive Energy concept is evolving and who can benefit from it. According to GWAC: “The term “transactive energy” is used here to refer to techniques for managing the generation, consumption or flow of electric power within an electric power system through the use of economic or market ...

Living Energy| May 04, 2015

Dr Michael Weinhold - CTO of the Siemens Energy Management Division

Weinhold’s Power Lines: Brains and Brawn - The Electronics Revolution and the Energy System

What is power? In human interactions, the term often refers to physical strength, but we also speak of “the power of information” as a way of shaping and directing the course of events. Power is the ability to influence the world in both material and immaterial ways – through intelligence and muscles, through brains and brawn. The same is true for the way in which electronics has reshaped the energy system. It was the invention of the transistor and its first commercial usage in the 1950s that ...

Alicia Carrasco| Apr 22, 2015

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Transforming Energy Regulations and Markets: Ofgem Seeks Input

As the electric power industry evolves, new business models present many opportunities and risks. Seeking options to constructively and proactively transform the energy market (while also lowering electric bills, benefiting the environment, and protecting the interest of current and future consumers) U.K. energy regulator Ofgem has opened a consultation to investigate nontraditional business models. Submit comments to Ofgem here: http://bit.ly/1Ga0I24. Input is invited from from utilities, i ...

TheEnergyBlog Team| Apr 13, 2015

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How Digitization Drives Smart Grid Innovation

At this year’s Hannover Messe Siemens is showcasing the opportunities of Industry 4.0 and digitization for the energy business. The first blog post in the Hannover Messe series explained how necessary gains along the wind energy value chain can only be achieved with intelligent, digital solutions – ranging from software for blade optimization via control systems for wind power plants to machine learning solutions for wind turbine self optimization. Next, I would like to introduce a further promi ...

Lisa Caswell| Dec 03, 2014

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New study finds cost and interoperability biggest challenges in IT/OT convergence

Traditionally, information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) have occupied separate silos within a utility. Operational systems like energy distribution management and real-time grid operations at the transmission and substation level were handled in one department and IT systems supporting metering, customer business process, analytics, etc. in another. But, utilities are realizing that to reap the full benefits of advanced metering and smart grid systems, IT and OT must work toge ...

TheEnergyBlog Team| Sep 22, 2014

Siemens project manager Dr Klaus Faltin and TenneT overall project manager Dr Benjamin Hühnerbein on their way to the BorWin2

Feeding offshore wind power into the grid - People Portrait: Dr. Klaus Faltin

Klaus Faltin is a qualified energy systems engineer with comprehensive project management experience from projects in Brazil, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Austria. In 2012, Faltin and his team at the time received a Siemens Award for the "Best Project Execution 2011" for the Enecogen project. Today Faltin is general project manager for the BorWin2 offshore converter platform, which was installed on April 23, 2014, and whose commissioning runs until October 2014. He heads Sie ...

Harald Mayer| Sep 12, 2014

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Outsourcing operation and maintenance for power delivery assets: Sept. 22 webinar

Peace of mind is crucial in power distribution networks and other infrastructure-intensive enterprises. Asset owners constantly seek ways to reduce risk in their operations -- especially the risk of potentially catastrophic events -- while maximizing returns. One strategy that can efficiently support these fundamental business goals is to outsource the operation and maintenance of their assets -- a practice recommended by Accenture. Why outsource asset O&M? Asset owners transfer operatio ...

TheEnergyBlog Team| Sep 11, 2014

The first gas-insulated high-voltage DC switchgear systems at the Siemens Schaltwerk in Berlin Germany

The next generation of gas-insulated switchgear for high-voltage direct current transmission is in the works

500,000 volts – this will be the next voltage level that gas-insulated DC switchgear will have to master. Developing such switchgear will demand a truly pioneering effort, for neither officially recommended tests nor applicable international standards exist. A few days ago I visited the 2014 Sessions of the International Council on Large Electric Systems, known by its French acronym Cigré (Conseil International des Grands Réseaux Élelectric Systems). One of the most important industry events in ...

Harald Mayer| Sep 09, 2014

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What's happening at the substation? Condition monitoring boosts savings and reliability

Most utilities employ a time-based approach to maintaining and replacing electrical substation assets. However, sometimes these schedules are overtaken by events. Substation equipment commonly endures a surprising amount of wear and tear from network conditions (such as overloading) and harsh environmental conditions -- both cumulative and sudden. It's not always possible to predict when substation equipment might fail. But when it does, this can lead to unplanned outages, damage to other equip ...

TheEnergyBlog Team| Aug 21, 2014

Impression from the Siemens Booth at CIGRE 2014

Siemens at the CIGRE Session 2014

Founded in 1921, CIGRE, the Council on Large Electric Systems, is an international non-profit Association for promoting collaboration with experts from all around the world by sharing knowledge and joining forces to improve electric power systems of today and tomorrow.3200 senior executives, experts, CEOs and young engineers, from the Power Industry, and more than 6000 trade visitors from over 90 countries will be attending the CIGRE Session 2014 in Paris.Therefore the CIGRE 2014 Session is an o ...


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