Smart Grid Technology

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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Utility Spending on Asset Management and Grid Monitoring Technology Will Reach Nearly $50 Billion through 2023, Forecasts Navigant Research

New technology provides a holistic, predictive view of grid performance, report concludes.

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Most utilities today handle asset management with what amounts to a run-to-fail strategy. Despite the growing availability of new solutions, many utilities have not yet incorporated sensing or monitoring technology into their networks. With the advent of the smart grid, however, the inclusion of sensing and monitoring systems is starting to make compelling economic sense. Click to tweet: According to a new report from Navigant Research, cumulative utility spending on asset management and condition monitoring systems for the power grid will total $49.2 billion during the period from 2014 to 2023.

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Home Energy Management Systems Will Reach $2.8 Billion in Annual Revenue by 2020, Forecasts Navigant Research

Non-utility providers and smart thermostats will help drive steady growth, report concludes

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Until 2012, home energy management (HEM) systems, which help residential customers monitor and adjust their energy use, struggled to gain market traction. More recently, however, non-utility stakeholders have moved into this segment, increasing awareness of new tools and helping to drive steady growth. Click to tweet: According to a recent report from Navigant Research, worldwide revenue from home energy management systems will grow from $512 million in 2013 to $2.8 billion in 2020.

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