WireIE – VIP Sponsor of EUCI Conference

As part of Green Energy Week, WireIE is the VIP Sponsor of the Electric Utility Consultants Inc. (EUCI) Conference “Distributed Generation Using Renewable Energy – Realizing The Potential“. This will take place from September 22 – 23, 2009 at Sheraton Centre Toronto, in Toronto ON, Canada.

Description of the Conference: EUCI will present a conference to bring together the important policy, technical, and programming information that regulators, utilities, independent power producers, market participants, service providers and vendors need to know to capitalize on the Ministry’s plan to boost renewable energy Dg/DeR development.   The conference will focus on distributed generation of 10 megawatts or less, which is connected to the distribution grid and associated with load.  it will provide enough technical information to inform and guide policymakers and market participants in the issues and steps they need to engage in moving forward, but that avoids overwhelming detail.  it will also identify and evaluate the key technical and operational issues associated with designing, implementing, and managing an integrated energy portfolio of utility and non-utility interconnected resources.   in addition, the conference  will generally describe optimization of these resources through the evolution of smart grid strategies across distributors, aggregators, transmitters and the system operator.  Finally, it will evaluate the next phase of strategy for optimizing and utilizing key project developments and related timelines that relate to the further development and maturity of the renewable energy distributed generation model envisioned by policymakers.

Smart Grid Enables Renewable Energy Sources

The benefits of Smart Grid are varied and far-reaching and are above and beyond capturing energy losses and consumer conservation.

Smart Grid promises a genuine revolution in the way the electrical power supply chain operates, in that it enables many new sources of generation capacity to help consumers and industries power the grid.

Renewable energy sources can be used to power the grid – such as solar panels and wind turbines.

These energy sources (such as wind and solar power) can easily support the ease of management of new sources in order to support the telecommunications technologies used for Smart Grid.

It is also recognized that Smart Grid will facilitate other profound changes – not the least of which is the integration and management of new generation sources largely based on renewable energy.

Without Smart Grid, our society’s transformation to a green-friendly approach to energy generation and consumption will not be realized.

Stay tuned for more posts regarding Smart Grid, and please read our white paper if you haven’t already!

~JM

Great Response to our Smart Grid White Paper

A few weeks ago, we sent out a Smart Grid white paper to the public, key industry stakeholders…and even Barack Obama! (via Twitter)

Since then, a few more edits have been made based on phenomenal comments and suggestions from our peers. Therefore, the white paper is now 100% complete and finalized. If you haven’t already, we strongly encourage you to read this revolutionary document, as it is the first of its kind to introduce next generation network and Operation Support System approaches to Smart Grid network solutions.

Tim Brown, WireIE’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) wrote this white paper, entitled, “Practical Considerations for Smart Grid”.

It is our hope this white paper reaches as many readers as possible – please pass it on to anyone you know who may be interested. Any comments or feedback you may have are welcomed and encouraged here on the Whiteboard.

Abstract:

Smart Grid will facilitate conservation across the entire electrical energy supply chain.  Up to this point, however, little has been written as to how this will actually be achieved.  The intent of this paper is to discuss where the opportunities for conservation in the supply chain are.  From there a practical Smart Grid architecture based on proven telecom network Operation Support Systems is discussed.  The benefits of using IP (Internet Protocol) as a single standard to support the Smart Grid network are then expounded upon.

~JM

CarbonVIX Update!

We’re continuing to run various tests and trial activity with our CarbonVIX test bed this week.

Due to weather issues we’ve moved most of the work indoors, however with the exception of the solar array we’re still able to test all of the functionality.

We’re comfortable with what we’ve learned about the solar system’s ability to capture solar power and deliver it to either the storage batteries or a load. This week we’ve been testing the radio link, IP switching, video capture and the power management system.

Our focus has been primarily on working through a number of failure modes to identify consequential impacts, such as the ability of the various functions to restart after an interruption. For example, we’ve been cycling between grid power and the storage system to see if anything shuts down. We’ve purposely run the system beyond a low-voltage alarm and observed how the various loads are removed from service.

Next steps include reviewing our prospect list and starting to build some focused demo applications. Since the test bed can demonstrate a number of capabilities, (e.g. renewable power and storage, IP connectivity, Broadband wireless and remote monitoring and control) we are open to any opportunities, systems, and applications that need to be delivered to remote locations, or to places where conventional services have been compromised, e.g. a natural disaster.

CarbonVIX Testing a Success!

After several months of lab work we finally moved our CarbonVIX test bed out of the lab into the parking lot for some operational testing. To date, we have spent the bulk of our time working on individual components. Thursday and Friday of this week we made real progress operating a “system”.

We are now able to demonstrate the coordinated functionality of several technologies and they are solar power, energy storage, broadband Ethernet radio and IP connectivity with various communication and control devices.

We believe the technology we are developing can be used for remote applications of communications and control systems. It could also be used to improve the availability of existing communication systems.

More information and photos to follow next week…stay tuned!

Smart Grid White Paper – Hot Off the Press!

Tim Brown, WireIE’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) has just completed a white paper entitled, “Practical Considerations for Smart Grid”.

It is our hope this white paper reaches as many readers as possible, as it is the first of its kind to introduce next generation network and Operation Support System approaches to Smart Grid network solutions.

Any comments or feedback you may have are welcomed and encouraged here on the Whiteboard.

Abstract:

Smart Grid will facilitate conservation across the entire electrical energy supply chain.  Up to this point, however, little has been written as to how this will actually be achieved.  The intent of this paper is to discuss where the opportunities for conservation in the supply chain are.  From there a practical Smart Grid architecture based on proven telecom network Operation Support Systems is discussed.  The benefits of using IP (Internet Protocol) as a single standard to support the Smart Grid network are then expounded upon.

~JM

Ontario’s Proposed Green Energy Act

This past week, there has been much media attention surrounding the Ontario Government’s proposal on a Green Energy Act. Premier Dalton McGuinty wants to focus on alternative energy solutions for the future, rid ourselves of our coal burning ways, and keep nuclear power as the base for introducing and implementing these new technologies.

As with any political figure and talk of budget plans, McGuinty is facing scrutiny for the plan, and is being questioned on his prediction that 50,000 new green collar jobs will be created over the next three years as a result. Many are concerned about the cost of introducing and using alternative energy sources such as wind and solar – and whether or not taxpayers should be responsible.

The Toronto Star recently featured a question/answer article with McGuinty in Monday’s (March 9th) Business Section.

His parting message in the article is “[…] one of the most important objectives at the outset is to shoot up a big red flare into the global firmament and send notice to one and all that we intend to move in this direction.”

It is undeniable that this “switch” to convert Ontario into using more environmentally-friendly technologies is a positive, forward-thinking plan, but at what cost to taxpayers?

Question – Do you agree with this proposed Green Energy Act even if it means higher taxes?

~JM

PS – Stay tuned for upcoming posts & information pertaining to Smart Grid. WireIE’s CTO Tim Brown is in the process of finalizing a whitepaper on the subject.