Modernizing the SmartGRID

One of the biggest challenges in electrical engineering today is the development and implementation of SmartGRID technology.  Fueled by greener technologies, Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV), reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and alternative fuels, environmentally-friendly smartGRID technology has the ability to stimulate stagnant economies as well as change the way power is delivered to electricity customers aroung the world. Resource IEEE Innovation at Work

Understanding the GRID

The GRID consists of Generation, Transmission, Distribution and End Use.  Generation starts with power generated by fossil fuels, solar/wind/water energy or nuclear power at a power plant.  This power travels to transmission substations that use transformers to convert to high voltage electricity.  This electricity is then  distributed over electric lines to homes, businesses and other facilities.  This electricity is then used to power homes, vehicles, commercial areas and industry.    The GRID is ever evolving with technology advancements in Microgrid distribution, energy storage, and smart meters.  

 

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SmartGRID Terms & Benefits

Our SmartGRID solutions expertise provides you a smarter grid designed to deliver better performance in energy efficiency, consumer protection, environmental safeguards and flexibility for future growth throughout domestic and International communities.

 

  • Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI)

    An integrated system that measures, collects, and analyzes energy usage from advanced Smart Meter (SM) devices, through various two-way communication media. Meter reading is obsolete with SM devices, saving on utility operation costs.  These devices provide on-going communication data to consumers and utilities.  Consumers use the data to adjust usage habits and utilities use data for billing and analysis.  This lowers cost and increases reporting of power outages/disruptions to be recognized and resolution efforts to commence immediatelyThese features enable the implementation of new technology products, services and markets, especially integration of large-scale renewable energy systems.

  • Energy Management Systems (EMS)

    A system of computer-aided tools used by utilities to monitor, control, and optimize the performance of the generation and transmission systems, while minimizing energy costs and waste without affecting production and quality.  Highly effective EMS programs use remote equipment monitoring & reporting systems.  These systems use software applications for building automation, lighting control, utility sub and end-use monitoring, equipment performance monitoring, verification, evaluation & diagnostics that support local, remote, and very remote monitoring to increase systems uptimes.

  • Demand Response (DR)

    Managing customer consumption in response to supply conditions.  Resulting in lower costs to companies and consumers.

  • Demand-side Management (DSM)

    Planning, implementing, and monitoring activities of electric utilities designed to encourage consumers to modify their level and pattern of utility usage, largely through Home Area Networks (HAN) consisting of interconnected "smart" devices and/or applicances at the consumer level.  Examples: auto adjusting thermostats, Smart appliances, light switches and furnaces that comsumers can control from a phone app or program devices to automatically power on/off,  avoiding energy waste.  DSM optimizes operations and management costs for utilities, ultimately lowering power costs for consumers. 

  • Distributed Generation (DG)

    Generation of electricity from many small energy sources consisting of on-site renewables such as wind, solar, hydrogen (waste-to-energy) and combined heat and power (CHO) known as cogeneration.  This aids in keeping systems operating resilently against cyber attack, national security and natural disaster

  • Distribution Automation (DA)

    The extension of intelligent (digital) control over electrical power grid functions to the distribution level and beyond.  This provides service benefits of reduced line loss, power quality, energy cost reduction, improved reliability and economic benefits.

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