Featured in this issue:      Custom Magnetics for Smart Grid Applications  |  The Evolution of Wireless Sensor Networks  |  Power Generation Industry Solutions Team  |  Industrial Motors  |  GE WattStation™  |  SuperCapacitor 5.5V 0.33F/5.5V 0.47F
 
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Smart Grids Beget Smart Buildings
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Smart Grids Beget Smart Buildings
 
According to a recent report entitled Global Smart Buildings Forecast 2013-2018, we're about to see an explosion in the smart building sector — a trend that is influenced by and will have upstream affects on the smart grid. Experts predict the market will triple to nearly $22 billion in the next four years. Why do things look so rosy now, when the industry's growth has actually been slower than expected for the past few years? Simple, says Smart Grid News: the industry is finally ready. In the past, building owners and managers were held up from adopting smart building solutions due to old business processes, but that's about to change.
 
 
 
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The Evolution of Wireless Sensor Networks
 
The Evolution of Wireless Sensor Networks
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Today's state-of-the-art wireless sensor networks have lower deployment and maintenance costs, last longer, and are more rugged.

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Power Generation Industry Solutions Team
 
Power Generation Industry Solutions Team
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Baldor understands the impact of electric motor energy efficiency to the "bottom line".

Many years ago in 1983, Baldor debuted the premium efficient Super-E motor line, an industry first. Since then Baldor has maintained the lead in providing the most energy efficient electric motors and drives in the industry.
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Tour This Smart Village
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Tour This Smart Village
 
Germany has been making headlines for its push into the renewable-energy market, but how does the country integrate off-and-on power sources like wind and solar into the power grid? Bloomberg Television Europe sent reporter David Tweed to one town in Bavaria that's found a way to do that very thing, thanks to its clever experimentations with the smart grid.
 
 
 
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GE WattStation™
 
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Electricity will fuel the vehicles of tomorrow. However, in order to see widespread EV adoption, the electrical grid must be modernized and charging stations must be accessible, quick, and easy. GE's electric vehicle charger, GE WattStation™, is designed to help address these challenges by significantly decreasing the time needed for vehicle charging.
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SuperCapacitor 5.5V 0.33F/5.5V 0.47F
 
SuperCapacitor 5.5V 0.33F/5.5V 0.47F
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Super capacitor, also known as electrochemical capacitor, is a new energy-storage component with farad capacity, whose capacity is between conventional capacitor and batter. Learn more about Heter Electronics Group Co., Ltd.
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Middle East Gets First Smart Grid Center
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Middle East Gets First Smart Grid Center
 
Facing greater demand for electricity and improved grid reliability, the Middle East just opened its first smart grid center in Dubai. Built by Alstom Grid, the new facility will allow onsite tests for factory software integration and training on smart grid applications for power customers. Smartmeters.com describes how the new center will also lower the Middle East's carbon footprint.
 
 
 
How Does It All Connect?
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How Does It All Connect?
 
Are you confused by the relationship between interconnection and interoperability? If so, you're not alone. In this commentary, standards chair Mark Siira shares why he struggled to understand the two terms during development of the IEEE 2030-2011 Smart Grid standard. He elaborates on how he finally made sense of it, and why the distinction is so critical for engineers to understand.
 
 
 
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Florida Street Smarts
 
Florida's streets are getting a little brighter, thanks to a new project led by Silver Spring Networks. Florida Power & Light has contracted the company to install 75,000 networked streetlights in Miami-Dade County, aiming for greater efficiency and reliability. CNET says the new system is linked via a wireless "mesh" network, helping power companies locate and fix problems quicker.
 
 
 
Smart City Clarion Call
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Smart City Clarion Call
 
With predictions that cities will nearly double in population by 2050, it's clear there will be huge increases in demand for land, resources, and power. So IEEE has announced the Smart Cities Initiative, seeking to help municipalities address those needs in a safe and sustainable way. Applications to participate in this ambitious project must be submitted by the May 16 deadline.
 
 
 
Grid Spending to Hit $50 Billion
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Grid Spending to Hit $50 Billion
 
As the smart grid becomes more widespread, it makes financial sense for utilities to invest in asset management and grid monitoring. That's why Navigant Research is predicting utilities will spend more than $49.2 billion in these areas between now and 2023. The result? A complete revolution in how the power grid is maintained, say experts.

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