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U.S. Setting New Records
Go Directly to DC with Smart Network

Conversion of AC grid power to DC to operate computers, compact fluorescent lights, and other small electronics results in energy losses as high as 45%. This inefficiency is addressed by the Smart DC network, a system encompassing solar panels and lithium-iron batteries to store off-peak power. Along with DC sockets and a hub directed by a smart meter to manage the flow of electricity, the network supports low-power DC devices. The hub determines the amount of electricity stored from the solar panels and battery. Merits of the Moixa Technology, UK, development are outlined in a video hosted by The Engineer.

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Fiber Optics Solutions for Wind Turbines
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Enabling an Efficient
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GE Digital Energy

 

Optimize voltage levels and reduce power loss and outage duration with GE's Multilin Distribution Automation Controllers: Voltage Regulator Controller, Capacitor Bank Controller, and Field RTU. Multilin DA Controllers provide fast, accurate detection of power outages, reducing typical outage time from hours to minutes. To learn more, visit us here.

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Multi-Contact offers complete connecting systems for power supply. Safety flat bar clamps for rapid and safe contacting of busbars in power distribution plants, power generation units, mobile transformers, and standby power packs, up to 1000 V, 450 A. Contact MC USA for more information about our complete product range and custom solutions..

Solar Stored in a Smart Grid

Direct Drive Turbine Developments Grid-connected solar power has been brought online in the U.S. with installation of Public Service Company of New Mexico's Prosperity Energy Storage Project. The utility-integrated system produces 500 kW using 2,158 solar panels and includes smart grid capabilities and 1,280 lead-acid batteries to provide firm and dispatchable energy as well as storage.

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SKF® WindCon — Proactive Wind Turbine Monitor
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Hammond Power Solutions, Inc.

Energy-efficient General Purpose, K-Factor, and Harmonic Mitigating Transformers are available from Hammond Power Solutions, Inc. All three types of transformers are rated for 600 volts and below. Learn more about HPS's distribution transformers.

Potentiometers for Wind Turbines
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SolaHD offers efficient dry-type transformers (encapsulated, ventilated, or non-ventilated), 600 Volt Class, isolation type, single and three phase, through 500 kVA. Indoor and outdoor models are available. They are designed to meet the high energy-efficiencies required by NEMA Standard TP-1, T2, T5 and S5. More details...

Encoders for Alternative Energy
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TE Connectivity's focus on alternative energy gives you access to a wide selection of standard and semi-custom solutions, including: connectors, fiber optics, sensors, relays, switches and filters, and more. Their growing presence in the photovoltaic industry is backed by their innovative and high-quality products to meet your individual needs.

Speed Sensors for Wind Turbines
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Cellwatch, by NDSL

A field-proven battery management tool for remote site applications, Cellwatch Satellite provides battery data down to the cell level for predictive monitoring and intelligent analysis of batteries. Cellwatch Satellite maximizes battery uptime and ensures the safety of maintenance technicians. With Cellwatch Satellite, it is possible to detect battery problems much earlier.

Reliable Fiber Optics Solutions for Wind Turbines
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A patented, cost-effective, high-strength, and highly saturable material, Nomex® LT is designed for 180 C (Class H) and 155 C (Class F) insulation systems used in motors, generators, and transformers. Provides elongation and puncture resistance characteristics which could lead to increased manufacturing throughput in automated wrapping of conductors. More.

Superconductors Moving into the Grid

Turbulence Modeling Tames Tight Turbines Superconductors were discovered over a century ago, but have only found wide use in magnetic resonance imaging equipment. However, advances in high-temperature superconductor (HTS) materials that operate at up to 90 K now make the technology more suitable for power transmission lines. Nitrogen has a boiling point of 77 K and can be easily harvested from the air to cool the power lines, with no environmental concerns if there's a leak. While recent manufacturing developments have lowered HTS manufacturing costs 90% compared to the 1990s, they are still ten times more expensive than copper cables. The Economist reports on how some utilities have implemented trial installations.

Creating a Dream Grid Battery

Turbine Transformer Tips An ideal grid-scale battery would be cheap, durable, efficient, and able to withstand thousands of charge cycles with a high storage capacity. Researchers working on one piece of the puzzle are enhancing electrodes with copper compound crystalline particles to develop an open atomic structure that offers breakthrough performance.

Building a New Grid

Bird and Bat Science This summer, members of the Obama Administration outlined efforts that are currently underway to build new transmission lines, particularly in rural America. National programs will invest $250 million in smart-grid technology to help create a secure and reliable transmission system. In a lengthy White House video, multiple dignitaries describe what's coming.

Six Steps to Securing a Smart Grid

Taming Transport Bottlenecks Utilities with advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and distribution automation (DA) must secure two-way communications in their power distribution infrastructure. Smart grid network security goals include protecting all points of entry and limiting points of vulnerability. Electric Light & Power offers six steps for securing AMI and DA networks.

New Battery May Lead to Revolution in Grid Storage

Ultra-capacitors Make Their Pitch Changing batteries as we know them? It might be possible, thanks to a radically new approach to battery design developed by MIT researchers. Halving the size and cost of a complete battery system could make electric vehicles competitive with conventional gas-powered vehicles. The semi-solid flow battery could be recharged via conventional methods, or could also be "refueled" by pumping out the liquid slurry and pumping in a fully charged replacement. The technology could provide a cheaper, lighter alternative to existing batteries for both electric vehicles and the power grid, while spurring power demand to new heights due to proliferation of cars powered from the grid.

Solar Power Challenges Grid

Driving Drivetrain Reliability Solar power is gaining popularity with residential customers, and that could create distribution issues within the power grid for utilities caught unprepared. Accenture recently released a study highlighting the challenges North American power companies face due to increased solar penetration. Concerns about power grid stability, reactive power/voltage support, and additional connection requirements are cited.

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