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  1. Aquion announces off-grid battery and solar energy project in Africa

    One of the two 37 kW solar panel arrays that powers the building loads and charges the Aquion batteries during the day.   Aquion Energy, Inc. , manufacturer of Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) batteries and energy storage systems, and SolarAfrica, a leading African Solar Energy Services Company, announced a newly installed off-grid microgrid at the Loisaba Conservancy, which is a hub for wildlife research and a world-class ecotourism destination in Kenya, East Africa. The microgrid , which was funded, designed, installed, and integrated by SolarAfrica, consists of two independent systems, each of which has 106 kWh of Aquion batteries paired with a 37 kW solar array. This off-grid solar-plus-storage system has replaced diesel generators to power a commercial laundry, swimming pool, kitchen, business services, lighting, cooling, and other facility loads. A view from Loisaba Tented Camp.   Loisaba comprises 56,000 acres of pristine lands, populated by hundreds of animal species and enjoyed by thousands of visitors and guests each year,” said Tom Silvester, CEO of the Loisaba Conservancy. “We embrace the idea of living lightly on the earth, minimizing our carbon footprint and maintaining a clean, safe, and sustainable environment. The use of Aquion saltwater batteries in tandem with SolarAfrica’s solar powered solutions is perfectly aligned with our approach to preserving nature, enabling us to generate power from the sun and store it for later use.” At Loisaba, the solar array powers various loads from the facilities and pools, while also charging the Aquion batteries during the day. The batteries are discharged to provide power at night and during periods of cloud cover. This solution greatly reduces the use of noisy, high-emissions diesel generators, which had previously been the primary power source for the property. The result is a new standard in eco-friendliness and sustainability for ecotourism lodges in Africa. Lodges that are located off-grid have traditionally used diesel generators, often in combination with lead-acid batteries, which are known for their toxicity and relatively short lifespan under deep cycling and partial state of charge usage. Aquion’s Aspen batteries offer a clean, sustainable, and long-lasting alternative which can operate at high ambient temperatures and does not degrade from partial state of charge cycling. Aspen batteries have a unique and environmentally friendly electrochemical design, and are the first and only batteries in the world to be Cradle to Cradle Certified™. Partial view of one of the battery rooms with Aquion batteries and power control electronics.   Dr. Kobus van Tonder, Project Manager of SolarAfrica, mentioned that there were several highlights of this project for him and his team: “The outcome of this project has made many significant changes to the way we use energy and how we perceive it. We noticed how the lodge quickly descended into a blissfully quiet state, as the constant humming of generators were turned off. Another great benefit of switching to solar energy, and storing it effectively, is that it’s now significantly cheaper than running diesel generators, which also means that the consumption of diesel decreases, as does the carbon footprint.” Van Tonder concluded by saying, “Battery technology is constantly evolving. This project created a lot of interest amongst the tour operators and investors alike. Aquion’s batteries are low maintenance compared to other storage products in the industry, and they removed the typical need for cooling, air-conditioning, and special ventilation.” “Thanks to the Aquion batteries and the solar power system, Loisaba expects to reduce diesel consumption by 95% and save 53 tons of CO2 per year. Due to their safe, robust, and environmentally friendly chemistry, Aquion batteries, in combination with solar power, provide optimal performance in this challenging off-grid location,” said Tim Poor, Chief Commercial Office of Aquion Energy. The Loisaba Conservancy is effectively operated with a low carbon footprint and is continuously striving to reduce energy consumption even further. This is the first deployment of the Aquion Aqueous Hybrid Ion technology in Africa, which is now fully owned by the Conservancy. For SolarAfrica, the project has marked the second successful Power Purchase Agreement for off-grid systems in Kenya, with its third situated in South Africa, operating as Singita Camp in the Kruger National Park.

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    Wed, 13 Jul 2016

  2. Energy management: High voltage direct current converter stations upgraded

    Power management: ABB completes HVDC system upgrade, delivering clean, reliable hydropower from Canada to US. Upgrade of world’s first multi-terminal link boosts supply of renewable energy and grid stability for coming decades.

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    Tue, 12 Jul 2016

  3. Elster introduces new version of REXUniversal smart meter platform

    As the world's first integrated universal meter platform, the REXUniversal opens the smart grid playing field with capability to support smart grid systems from numerous vendors.

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    Mon, 28 Jul 2014

  4. Smart Grid: Ontario utility selects ACS Outage Management System

    Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro selects Advanced Control Systems' integrated PRISM OMS to enhance smart grid and improve customer communications

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    Wed, 8 Apr 2015

  1. EU TSOs could face probe into grid-congestion practices

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    Fri, 24 Oct 2008

  2. Siemens develops European architecture model for Smart Grids

    With the Smart Grid Architecture Model , Siemens Infrastructure & Cities has developed a method whereby power supply companies and industry can display aspects of smart grid systems .

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    Tue, 15 May 2012

  3. Echelon expands smart grid operating system

    Certifying the ECN product through Verizon Wireless' Open Development program ensures that utilities can use the nation's premier wireless network as the backhaul for their smart grid systems

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    Tue, 7 Jun 2011

  4. Reducing Outages Through Improved Prediction, Management and Real-time Mobile Data Access

    Outages, especially those caused by weather events, continue to pose significant problems for utilities including decreased customer satisfaction and reduced income.

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    Thu, 2 Jul 2015

  5. Senate Democrats outline broad energy goals to nation’s governors

    Forty-five US Senate Democrats outlined broad energy policy goals including more clean energy technology investments, infrastructure improvement, and carbon pollution reduction in a letter seeking support from the nation’s governors.

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    Tue, 30 Jun 2015

  6. ABB launches Clean Air Initiative to help clients prepare for low-carbon future

    ABB launched a new initiative, The Clean Air Initiative, to ensure that the company's power plant and utility customers are aligned and protected against the many challenges to the power generation industry

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    Thu, 6 Dec 2012

  7. Orga, EDMI form global smart grid technology partnership

    Orga Systems and EDMI partner to offer end to end smart grid technology solutions to global utility operators.

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    Thu, 20 Jun 2013

  8. ComEd: Smart Grid law creates 2,400 jobs in 2012

    ComEd has submitted data to the Illinois Commerce Commission showing that the 2011 Smart Grid law created more than 2,400 full-time equivalent jobs in Illinois in 2012.

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    Mon, 1 Apr 2013

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