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  1. Advanced smart grid system to be demonstrated in Amsterdam and Cologne

    Grid-Friends , a European research project that aims to accelerate Europe's energy transition by setting a new standard in smart-grid technology, is launching two projects in the Netherlands and Germany . The project will implement an advanced smart-grid platform in two communities - Schoonschip, a residential neighborhood located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and a carbon-neutral housing complex in Cologne, Germany. The Dutch pilot will be the first of its kind in the Netherlands, demonstrating how local communities that manage their own microgrid behind the meter can play a pivotal role in the European energy transition. Grid-Friends is developing the coordination mechanisms and the software platform for energy cooperatives, enabling them to maximize self-sufficiency and generate greater value through shared exploitation of storage and other flexible assets. “The platform we are developing enables many distributed renewable energy systems to be combined into one, larger, virtual power plant, which is able to perform the same services as centralized power plants and production systems.” said Matthias Klein, team leader at Fraunhofer ITWM. The platform will use the latest in ICT technology to control battery systems, electric vehicle chargers, energy generation assets, heat pumps, thermal storage, and smart appliances in order to optimize energy supply and demand. The project started in May, 2016 and has received funding in the framework of the joint programming initiative ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus, with support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The Grid-Friends consortium includes two leading European research institutes-- Stichting Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM). Also involved are Spectral Utilities , a systems integration and clean-tech development startup based in Amsterdam, Evohaus , a green construction firm founded in 1998 based in Germany and leader in innovative construction and real-estate development, focused on building carbon neutral ecological living quarters for low income families

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    Thu, 18 Aug 2016

  2. AP Investigation: U.S. power grid vulnerable to foreign hacks

    Security researcher Brian Wallace was on the trail of hackers who had snatched a California university's housing files when he stumbled into a larger nightmare: Cyber attackers had opened a pathway into the networks running the U.S. power grid.

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    Mon, 21 Dec 2015

  3. Enlisting distributed energy devices to balance the power grid

    New method will coordinate resources for an efficient & sustainable power system

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    Thu, 17 Dec 2015

  4. Proofpoint uncovers cyberattack involving "smart" home appliances

    Proofpoint has uncovered what may be the first proven Internet of Things (IoT)-based cyberattack involving conventional household " smart " appliances .

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    Mon, 20 Jan 2014

  1. More than 25 million smart energy devices to be shipped to U.S. consumers

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    Thu, 1 Mar 2012

  2. NREL to help power grid accommodate more renewable energy

    The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory announces five new partnerships 

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    Wed, 17 Jun 2015

  3. Constellation: Retail Energy Suppliers Must Innovate to Meet Changing Customer Expectations

    Constellation CEO says retail energy suppliers must innovate to meet changing customer expectations; sees opportunities in distributed generation and smart technologies

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    Fri, 8 May 2015

  4. Proofpoint uncovers cyberattack ... through fridge

    More than 750,000 phishing and spam emails launched from "thingbots" including televisions, fridge

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    Mon, 20 Jan 2014

  5. Zpryme: HomePlug Alliance on Smart Grid, Home, and Standards

    With millions of consumers worldwide using HomePlug AV technology in their homes every day, Zpryme reached out to thought leader, Rob Ranck, President at HomePlug Alliance, to expand on home networking and standards impacting the power sector.

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    Tue, 2 Apr 2013

  6. Market Research: Big Data Analytics for Utilities

    The amount of data available to utilities is set to experience explosive growth as smart grids and other automated technologies become commonplace.

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    Thu, 8 May 2014

  7. LG Electronics to participate in Pecan Street smart grid research

    As part of this two year project, LG will contribute its expertise to this unique research of smart homes, energy management and consumer electronics.

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    Thu, 27 Dec 2012

  8. POWERGRID International magazine names Projects of the Year Award winners at DistribuTECH 2012

    The awards were given out today during the keynote presentation at the DistribuTECH 2012 conference in San Antonio

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    Tue, 24 Jan 2012

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