Smart Grid

The Year Ahead in Enterprise APM

In 2016 we saw the Enterprise APM market continue to evolve. In a tough economic year, more and more organizations leveraged the IIoT to maximize their economic return on assets,… Read more »

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Distribution Transformers Evolve to Meet Efficiency and Decarbonization Goals

Utilities are under immense pressure to enhance efficiency, cut emissions, and save money wherever they can — new, more efficient distribution transformers are one solution to this problem. That’s because… Read more »

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The Fog: Direct VS Indirect Edge Computing

“Fog computing” has received an increased amount of attention in the IoT & IIoT communities. I briefly reviewed the Fog in “IoT & the Pervasive Nature of Fast Data & Apache… Read more »

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Reduce Maintenance Costs with the IIoT and Predictive Asset Analytics

Industrial organizations across multiple sectors are under pressure from shareholders, regulators and customers to increase performance and reliability while keeping costs low. These conditions mean it’s more important than ever… Read more »

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Dream Big: Decentralization and digitization causing utility market evolution

The traditional utility market is evolving as utilities contend with increasing volatility and uncertainty brought about by a shift to renewables, new technology, legislation, and other developments. Utilities need to… Read more »

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Electric Utilities: Boost Communications Reliability with MPLS

An efficient, resilient communication infrastructure is key to utilities’ ability to control and maintain electrical power distribution and manage equipment in the grid. Success depends on a communication platform and… Read more »

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A New Paradigm for Utilities: The Rise of the Prosumer

The energy industry’s business model has remained fundamentally unaltered over the last century. It’s a model that emerged out of the Edison age, where the utility was responsible for generating… Read more »

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Utilities Must Digitize to Transform and Perform

Power markets are being redefined. Solar and storage will eventually reach grid parity almost everywhere. It is only a matter of time. When they do, the mass deployment of distributed… Read more »

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EAM for the IIoT Age

With the growth of asset-related data available through the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the complexity that comes with sifting through that data, organizations are faced with new operational… Read more »

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IoT: The Four Pillars of Opportunity

Recently I had the opportunity to present at 2016 IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona. During my keynote presentation “Leading in IoT with Innovation at Every Level” I discussed how the… Read more »

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Dream Big: The future of reliability for utilities

Reliability is at the forefront of utilities’ concerns, and rightly so. People expect power to flow 24/7 and any interruption is disruptive for customers and costly for utilities in terms… Read more »

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IT Key Enabler for Smart Cities at Schneider Electric “Power to the Cloud” Dubai Event

Issues that concern Middle Eastern CIOs, from private cloud adoption and data center outsourcing, to disaster recovery, security, new data center builds and existing facility upgrades are amongst the high… Read more »

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Knights of the Smart Grid

Today’s utility is faced with numerous Smart Grid challenges: improving fault and outage management, reducing peak loads via demand response, optimizing variable renewable energy resources, managing electric vehicle charging, enhancing… Read more »

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The internet of things (IoT) and….. Mining operations?

In a previous blog regarding technology trends I wrote a short paragraph about the internet of things and my humble vision of it. However, looking back at my post and… Read more »

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New Tools Expand the Reach of IEC 61850

Electrical power systems’ evolution toward a smart grid is spurring the growth of network automation on all voltage levels. The IEC 61850 standard is quickly emerging as the choice for designing… Read more »

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Transform Big Data to Actionable Insights with Enterprise Data Management

It’s no secret that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has led to an ever-expanding explosion of big data. Most assets today are equipped with data-transmitting sensors that communicate with… Read more »

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How Smart Grids Will Reach Their Potential: An Interview – Part 1

Smart grids are the future for utilities. Their many benefits include improving reliability and efficiency, increasing flexibility, and allowing utilities to better integrate renewable resources. In this interview with Edifícios… Read more »

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Inconvenient truths or misaligned objectives? Can we afford for smart cities to fail?

For all my positivity about smart cities and benefits they can bring (for example, Urban Efficiency), I think it’s just as important to talk about some of the criticisms they… Read more »

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What will Medium Voltage switchgear look like in the future?

The electrical industry is without doubt one of the most conservative in terms of updating technology, including medium voltage (MV) and high voltage (HV) switchgear. Why is that? For one… Read more »

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Internet of Things: The Next Step in the Smart Grid Evolution?

There’s been a lot of news regarding how the Internet of Things will change everything.  From products like connected thermostats to connected cars and refrigerators, it seems that the Internet… Read more »

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A kW saved is greater than a kW burned

The transition from hydrocarbon fuel sources to renewable energy sometimes overlooks the “fifth fuel”: energy efficiency. Two-thirds of energy is lost in the generation and transmission of electricity. Reducing demand… Read more »

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New Tools Expand the Reach of IEC 61850

Electrical power systems’ evolution toward a smart grid is spurring the growth of network automation on all voltage levels. The IEC 61850 standard is quickly emerging as the choice for designing… Read more »

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3 SCADA considerations to optimize your industrial operation

Today’s business climate is putting plants under intense financial pressure, and operations and maintenance budgets are among the first to be cut. Fewer personnel are expected to operate and maintain… Read more »

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Jeremy Rifkin Says China Can Lead the Third Industrial Revolution by Focusing on Renewable Energy

In a post a few months ago I mentioned Jeremy Rifkin, whose book “The Third Industrial Revolution” I found to be an insightful argument for how we need to move… Read more »

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2SIS Switchgear: compact, tough, and built to last

The demands that the two-way flow of energy in smart grid places on MV switchgear raises a critical question: can it cope with the rigours of operation in the toughest… Read more »

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Why the Internet of Things will be at the heart of smart city transformation

The smart cities movement is absolutely trying to change our world for the better. Great visionary goals are being set at both at city and national level—like India announcing its… Read more »

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The impact of "Big Data" on energy and sustainability

How big is big data? Wikipedia defines big data as collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or… Read more »

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Progress on the Solar Energy Front

After last week’s weather-themed post about how seasons change, I am prompted this week to highlight a number of sunny solar stories, led by the elevated profile of a solar-powered plane…. Read more »

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INFOGRAPHIC: How it Works, the Solar Decathlon Microgrid

In my previous post you learned that the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges 20 collegiate teams from around the world to design, build and… Read more »

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(Re)charge the World – with your House

Since I was a child, one of my favorite dreams was about time travel. Much to the chagrin of my history teacher, I was not interested in the past: I… Read more »

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