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Schneider Electric partners on Canada’s first university-based smart grid lab
Council Lead Partner Schneider Electric, the Ontario Ministry of Energy and Ryerson University announced the opening of the Schneider Electric Smart Grid Laboratory (SESG Lab) at Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Energy in Toronto. A smarter electric grid is a major element in the Ontario government’s strategy for clean, reliable electricity. "Supporting Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Energy, and the development of the Schneider Electric Smart Grid Lab, we are setting the stage for innovations that will be the backbone for our energy system for future generations," said Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli. Lab facilities may be used by partners and collaborators to test and evaluate new products and strategies. The lab also will give the next crop of scientists, smart grid engineers and operators an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a utility setting.
Ooredoo and Ericsson's M2M platform driving business and smart cities growth in Indonesia
Communications giant Ericsson and Council Lead Partner Ooredoo have established a cloud-based machine-to-machine platform in Indonesia to provide a faster and higher level of service to business customers. The Ericsson Device Connection Platform is designed to provide connected solutions to challenges in developing markets. Ooredoo’s Indosat is the first member of the group to launch the platform, according to an article in Developing Telecom. "Our cloud-based M2M service delivers a higher, faster level of support and more agile service for business customers. Additionally, the platform will play a key role in speeding up the implementation of smart city technologies," said Ooredoo CEO Dr. Nasser Marafih. The technology is also expected to benefit Indonesia’s banking and public service sectors.
Allied Telesis expanding Gigabit network deployment for pioneering Wisconsin co-op
Vernon Telephone Cooperative has been deploying the Ethernet copper xDSL to Active Gigabit Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) from Council Lead Partner Allied Telesis for the past 15 years. The company has turned to Allied Telesis again to expand its Gigabit network deployment. Philip Yim, Allied Telesis senior VP, Global Program Management, described the Westby, Wisconsin-based telephone cooperative as "an industry pioneer in deploying active FTTx solutions, delivering IP triple play services." He also credited the coop for consistently "challenging the norm" in bringing new features to its service area geared toward economic growth. For example, he said, Vernon is a leading communications provider in its commitment to offering multimedia home converged services.
Enel and Nissan roll out new low-cost V2G technology
Once considered far-fetched, the vehicle-to-grid (V2G) energy storage technology is attracting a lot more positive attention, thanks at least in part to the results of a partnership between Council Lead Partner Enel's business group Endesa and Nissan. The concept is to transform electric vehicles from energy users into mobile batteries that can be tapped to provide electricity when it’s needed. The Endesa-Nissan V2G solution features an Endesa two-way battery charger and management system that integrates well with PV solar and small wind power plants. Drivers of the Nissan LEAF or 3-NV200 minivan can connect or recharge during times of low demand when rates are less expensive – and can choose to either use the power for their vehicles or their homes, or send it back to the electric grid and save some money. The commercial rollout of the low-cost system, the result of years of testing, was held in Madrid earlier this month.
Alstom Grid wins major contract for South Australian transmission network
ElectraNet, South Australia’s primary transmission network service provider, selected Council Lead Partner Alstom Grid to supply the network with its first Fixed Series Compensation system. The Alstom Grid system will boost the transmission capacity of the South Australia-Victoria 275 kilovolt line by 40% and improve power quality. The optimization will provide several future benefits to electricity customers, Alstom Grid said. The project will enable more wind energy exports from South Australia and increased importation of low-cost power into the region, primarily during periods of peak demand. Under the turnkey contract, the company will provide services including project management, design, engineering, manufacturing, supply, erection, testing and commissioning.
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