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  1. ABB collaborates on smart grid distribution automation solution in Germany

    ABB , the leading power and automation technology group, has implemented an advanced load-grid automation solution developed as part of the EU-funded *Grid4EU project which supports the EU’s 2020 climate and energy targets and lays the groundwork for the development of tomorrow’s electricity grids. In Demo 1, the grid automation technology is already fully integrated into the existing local network, where it monitors the load conditions in the grid and automatically adapts to changes in demand. It enables existing open ring lines to be switched, establishing direct connection between consumers and generators. This means that local generators can supply power to local consumers, reducing line losses and enhancing the efficiency of the distribution grid. The technology also delivers advanced control functions to enhance the reliability of the network and support the detection of the faults, such as overloads or voltage irregularities, by the regional network control center. ABB plays a key role in the Grid4EU partnership, which is one of the largest EU-funded smart grid initiatives, participating in three of the six demonstration installations. On the Demo 1 pilot project in Reken, Germany, ABB is collaborating with project leader RWE and TU Dortmund. In addition to technical and domain expertise, one of the key contributions by ABB to the project is the remote terminal units (RTU500 series). These autonomous devices help determine and optimize the conditions in medium-voltage networks. They play an essential role by interfacing between physical installations and their associated control, data collection and monitoring systems. The objective of the project is to demonstrate that autonomous systems using agent functions for surveillance and automated control of medium-voltage networks can become an industrial solution for better management of medium-voltage networks. “The implementation of this pilot project is another step in the development of a digital grid”, said Claudio Facchin, head of ABB’s Power Systems division. “ABB already offers a number of products, systems and services for the automation of distribution networks, ensuring flexibility while maintaining reliability and this is the latest example of how ABB is pushing the boundaries of what is possible with distribution grid automation.” Reken, with its population of 14,000 and growing volume of renewable generation, was chosen as a model system. This pilot project will provide insights into the performance and management of larger European systems fed by renewable generators. Results are expected in 2016. ABB ( www.abb.com ) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people. * Grid4EU is an acronym for: Large-Scale Demonstration of Advanced Smart Grid Solutions with wide Replication and Scalability Potential for EUROPE.

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    Mon, 29 Sep 2014

  2. Silver Spring Networks to help municipal utility with distribution automation project

    The project will make use of Silver Spring’s standards-based IPv6 networking platform and distribution automation solution

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    Wed, 12 Jun 2013

  3. ABB wireless network to enable centralized monitoring and control in New York

    Central Hudson to improve efficiency and power reliability with new distribution automation program

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    Tue, 31 Jan 2017

  4. ABB launches ARG600 cellular gateway at DistribuTECH 2017

    The ABB ARG600 enables cost-efficient and secure wireless cellular connectivity for industrial and utility applications

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    Mon, 30 Jan 2017

  1. ABB enhances communications for power distribution networks

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    Thu, 2 Feb 2017

  2. ABB to provide software for CenterPoint Energys intelligent grid system

    Comprehensive solution leverages offering from recent ABB acquisitions, Ventyx and Obvient, to add mobile workforce management and business intelligence to distribution automation .

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    Thu, 14 Apr 2011

  3. Silver Spring Networks to expand distribution automation in Brazil

    Silver Spring Networks and CPFL Energia, Brazil’s largest private-sector electricity company, announced the expansion of CPFL’s distribution automation program with Silver Spring 

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    Thu, 10 Nov 2016

  4. Landis+Gyr to use Sentient Energy line sensors on its distribution automation network

    Sentient Energy, Inc. and Landis+Gyr announced a new automated provisioning capability for Landis+Gyr's S610 Line Sensor

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    Thu, 8 Sep 2016

  5. Silver Spring Networks, Varentec partner on grid optimization solution

    The distribution automation solution driven by Silver Spring and Varentec technologies will offer utilities a combination of control and monitoring capabilities

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    Fri, 16 May 2014

  6. ABB to supply broadband wireless network to company

    Newly-acquired Tropos Networks GridCom wireless IP mesh network to extend advanced distribution automation solutions for KCP&Ls SmartGrid Demonstration Program

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    Mon, 17 Sep 2012

  7. Utilities improve grid reliability and efficiency with new solution

    S&C Electric Co., a smart grid company, launches new solutions to help utilities realize a self-healing smart grid.

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    Fri, 18 May 2012

  8. New S&C Smart Grid products help utilities improve grid reliability, efficiency

    S&C Electric Company launches new solutions to help utilities realize a self-healing smart grid, in conjunction with the IEEE PES T&D Conference and Exposition.

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    Wed, 9 May 2012

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