Postings tagged with: smart grid

Smart Grid Watch Team| May 20, 2015

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Rebuild, Renew: How the “Internet of Things” is Changing the Way Siemens Sees the World

Helmuth Ludwig, EVP, Siemens Digital Enterprise Realization; and Mike Carlson, President, Siemens Smart Grid Originally posted May 12th on the Executive Pulse BlogSiemens USA is proud to celebrate Infrastructure Week, emphasizing the critical importance of investing in and modernizing America’s infrastructure systems. From transportation systems to the energy grid, to the U.S. industrial base and intelligent buildings, in order to rebuild and renew these essential infrastructure networks, the co ...

Chris King| Apr 27, 2015


Tesla, cheaper batteries for solar systems, and managing the demise of traditional utility business models

A few weeks ago, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk took to Twitter to issue a new product announcement tease: “Major new Tesla product line—not a car—will be unveiled at our Hawthorne Design Studio on Thursday at 8 pm, April 30.” Word on the street is that the new product will be Tesla’s entry into home energy storage, leveraging Tesla’s battery Gigafactory announced last year. This joint venture between Tesla and Panasonic, expected to be completed in Nevada in 2020, would become the world’s larg ...

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: Input is invited from from utilities, i ...

Dimitri Huys| Apr 16, 2015


Une gestion et exploitation efficaces du réseau

Eneo Cameroon, le gestionnaire du réseau électrique du Cameroun, en Afrique centrale, s’est tourné vers Siemens pour préparer son réseau à une hausse de la consommation et le prémunir des défauts et des pannes. Parce que les centraleshydroélectriques jouent un rôle crucial dans la production d’électricité au Cameroun, Siemens a proposé un Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition/ Energy Management System (SCADA/EMS). Ce système offre à tout moment une vue d’ensemble claire de la quantité d’éner ...

Dimitri Huys| Apr 16, 2015


Modernisation du réseau électrique algérien

La SDC (Société Algérienne de Distribution de l’électricité et du gaz du Centre) et la SDO (Société Algérienne de Distribution de l’électricité et du gaz de l’Ouest) sont deux branches régionales de l’opérateur algérien Sonelgaz. Ce dernier a fait appel à la technologie de Siemens pour moderniser son réseau électrique. Une équipe de projet sous la conduite de Siemens Belgique a équipé huit salles de contrôle d’un système SCADA évolutif permettant de surveiller et d’entretenir efficacement le rés ...

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 ...

Usman Sindhu| Mar 12, 2015

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Observations from the Utility Analytics Summit 2015

The recent Utility Analytics Summit (March 3-5, Phoenix) offered insight into some innovative ways to used data analytics to solve crucial business problems. This event brought together a mix of North American utility professionals and solution providers. Here are my key takeaways: Utilities need a concerted long-term vision on analytics. Adopting a metrics-based approach to analytics is crucial. Utilities need innovative analytics solutions. Of course, "analytics" is an amorphous ...

Harald Mayer| Mar 06, 2015


Data-driven asset management: taking the next step

The operating condition of switchgear and other assets strongly influences the efficiency, performance and risk exposure of power distribution networks.  A session at a recent conference in Hong Kong, Essential Infrastructure from Vision to Engineering Reality, explored emerging opportunities in how grid operators can leverage condition data to enhance asset management. According to Norbert Kaiser, CTO of Siemens Asset Services, robust asset management begins with making asset data available ov ...

Chris King| Jan 08, 2015

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Renewables: How the smart grid can help utilities handle solar power

Renewable energy is crucial for meeting worldwide environmental and sustainability goals -- but are power grids up to this challenge? The Japan Times reports that a recent Japanese government study found that seven of that nation's major electric power companies (Hokkaido, Tohoku, Hokuriku, Chugoku, Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawa) lack sufficient transmission network capacity to accommodate all of the solar power that suppliers plan to generate, under Japan's new feed-in tariff system. Combined, th ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Dec 16, 2014

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Utility disruption, adaptation: Smart grid year in review

2014 will be known as the year the utility industry gained momentum to adapt its business model -- spurred in large part by disruption from distributed generation, data-intensive technologies and customer empowerment. Distributed generation (DG) is growing fast, altering the landscape of energy supply. It has finally reached a level sufficient to impact the traditional utility business model. Currently, the worldwide installed DG capacity is 87,300 MW -- which is expected to more than double in ...