Smart Grid News

Hitachi and Demansys Energy LLC Agree to Launch Demonstration of “CrystEna”*1 Energy Storage System

First pilot installation of CrystEna planned outside of Philadelphia

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. & NEW MILFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hitachi America, Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (“Hitachi” / TSE:6501) and Demansys Energy LLC (“Demansys”) today announced that they have reached an agreement to perform a demonstration project utilizing Hitachi’s “CrystEna” compact container-type energy storage system in the market for frequency regulation and capacity services*2, and that site installation work will soon commence. The demonstration, which is designed to confirm the benefits of using the CrystEna energy storage system for grid stabilization, will run for two years, beginning in June 2014.

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Cellular Communications Nodes for Smart Grids Will Surpass $348 Million in Annual Revenue by 2020, Forecasts Navigant Research

Ubiquitous coverage, improved reliability make cellular networks attractive for utilities, report concludes

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Utilities have a number of options for connecting endpoints, or nodes, on the power grid, including power line communications, fiber, or copper leased line networks, as well as wireless solutions, like cellular, Wi-Fi, microwave, and radio frequency mesh. In recent years, there has been an upsurge of interest in public cellular networks for smart grid communications. According to a recent report from Navigant Research, worldwide revenue from public cellular communications nodes for smart grid applications will grow from $75.4 million annually in 2013 to $348.3 million in 2018.

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HomePlug® Alliance and Wi-SUN® Alliance Collaborate to Improve Smart Grid Communications Interoperability

Key industry groups create liaison to facilitate standards-based interoperability for utilities’ smart grid networks

PORTLAND, Ore. & TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Wi-SUN® Alliance and the HomePlug® Alliance today announced a liaison agreement to facilitate collaboration toward the goal of enabling hybrid smart grid networks supporting both wireless (RF) and powerline-wired connectivity (PLC). This relationship will empower the many industry-leading member companies of both alliances to share requirements and specifications for Media Access Control (MAC) and transport layer profiles to facilitate interoperability of Internet Protocol (IP)-based smart grid applications.

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AES Introduces AdvancionTM, A Complete Battery-Based Grid Resource

Fourth generation grid battery solution delivers dependable, cost-competitive energy storage for utilities and renewable developers

ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AES Energy Storage today introduced AES Advancion, a complete battery-based grid resource – delivering the services expected from peaking power plants, with added benefits. Advancion is the fourth generation of AES-designed grid energy storage solutions and is now offered to utility companies and renewable developers in select markets. The offering incorporates six years of commercial experience developing, owning and operating storage assets, bringing utility buyers a smart, cost-competitive solution within established industry business models. With 200 MW of storage resources deployed and in construction and over 1.5 million MW-h of service delivered, AES is an established leader in providing dependable grid-scale energy storage solutions to utilities and power markets.

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