Member spotlight 10.31.14: Enel, GE, Ooredoo, Microsoft, OSIsoft, ABB

Fri, 2014-10-31 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

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Enel unit chosen for Chilean marine R&D effort
Enel Green Power. a unit of the Italian utility Enel, has been selected by the Chilean government’s economic development organization to help set up a groundbreaking global centre of Marine Energy R&D excellence in the country, named Marine Energy Research and Innovation Centre. The Centre will be supported by a contribution of approximate $20 million US and in-kind funding, 65% of which will come from the economic development group. The Centre's applied research and development work will focus on key sources of marine renewable energy such as tidal power and wave power. Enel is a Council Lead Partner.

GE helping major Georgia utility improve grid reliability
GE announced an historic deal which will help Georgia Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, deliver more reliable power to its 2.4 million customers across the state. With more than 2,000 transformers across its electrical grid, Georgia Power wanted to better understand the condition of its transformer fleet to help avoid unexpected failures and gain greater insight into the overall health of its fleet.  Under the agreement, Council Lead Partner GE will deliver a complete transformer monitoring solution that will improve the reliability and efficiency of Georgia Power’s electrical grid infrastructure by giving it real-time data on the condition of each transformer on the grid.

Ooredoo projects haul in awards
From its broad-based initiatives to boost youth employment opportunities and educational options to its global network of mobile health clinics targeting underserved communities in Asia, Council Lead Partner Ooredoo hauled in 14 "Stevie" awards at the 2014 International Business Awards ceremony in Paris. Ooredoo is the largest telecommunications company in Qatar and serves markets across the MENA region and Southeast Asia. Ooredoo Group CEO Dr Nasser Marafih said in a Gulf Times report, “These awards demonstrate the incredible range of initiatives developed and sustained by our company since the launch of the Ooredoo brand last year, which has helped empower people across our markets.”

Microsoft and OSIsoft tools help CMU cut energy usage 20%
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh uses Microsoft Azure and the PI System from OSIsoft to reduce building maintenance and energy costs. In addition to Azure, CMU has added Azure Machine Learning for better fault detection, diagnosis, and more efficient operations. With these capabilities, CMU personnel gain advanced analytics for improved operational insights and decisions and they cut energy use by 20%. Microsoft is a Council Lead Partner and OSIsoft is an Associate Partner. “The savings come both from reducing energy use and from being able to shift some energy use to hours of lower demand and cost,” says Bertrand Lasternas, Researcher, Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics at CMU.

ABB wins $55 million order in UAE
Council Associate Partner ABB has won an order worth around $55 million from Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), the leading power utility in United Arab Emirates (UAE), to build a substation that will integrate power from the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park. The solar park is one of the biggest renewable energy projects in the Middle East and North Africa. The gas-insulated switchgear substation will enhance transmission capacity, boost power supplies and strengthen the reliability of the grid. The 100 megawatt Phase II of the solar power plant in Seih Al Dahal, about 50 kilometers south of Dubai, is scheduled to commence generation in 2017.