Smart Grid Companies and StartUps
Grid integration of microgrids for increased resiliency and faster recovery of supplies. Successful smart grids manage large volumes of fast-changing data.
Here you will find some beautiful Smart Grid companies and StartUps.
ABB Group – Automation and Power Technologies is one of the leaders in power and automation technologies. The group has now achieved another breakthrough with a new alternative to SF6 by commissioning the world’s first high- and medium-voltage pilot GIS installation with a new eco-efficient gas mixture. The group is involved in a lot of Smart Grid Projects for its expertise in mission critical systems. Recently ABB opened it’s Smart Grid Center of Excellence located on the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University.
Enphase Energy has shipped more than 120,000 microinverter units for residential and commercial deployments. The contract manufacturing model is working and the company continues to grow. There are a number of microinverter startups but Enphase is the only one to reach credibility and volume shipments in a high-growth $2 billion market.
IBM has approached smart grid solutions from three important angles: people, security and data.
Optimizing these three angles has made IBM one of the top leaders in smart grid technology. The security software patrols the smart grid looking for abuse, combined with analytical information that’s used to enhance security by understanding trends that may indicate suspicious patterns.
With a focus on large scales smart grid adoption and usage, IBM is working to provide security and support to ensure that even the largest grids operate safely. The company is advancing the goal of having a series of safe and manageable smart grids located all over the world.
LandisGyr has bought startup EcoLogic Analytics. They provide meter data management (MDM) software solutions and decision management technologies for utilities.
They offer a suite of software solutions that include gateway engines, meter data warehouse, meter read manager, meter reading analytic, navigator graphical user interface, automated validation engine, network performance monitor and reporting engine, real time outage validation engine, data synchronization engine, calculation engine and residential rate analysis API, and virtual metering aggregation components.
Their MDM solutions also integrate with other systems, such as CIS/billing, to deliver data to business users in the enterprise.
Beyond standard electrical smart grids for businesses and homes, Siemens is also making advancements towards moving mass transit onto smart grid applications in order to increase their operating energy efficiency.
Siemens has 526 smart grid related patents. These patents are focused on innovations that help them create effective monitoring solutions as well as enhance smart grid security.
S&C Electric Company is building on its long experience in utility-grade switching and protection products and smart grid solutions, S&C installed its first MW-scale energy storage system in 2006 and has since connected over 150 MWh of storage to the grid in the United States, Australia, Europe, and Canada.
The company uses its proprietary power conversion system (PCS) to integrate a wide variety of battery chemistries, catering to each specific application. S&C recently completed the 6MW/10 MWh UK Power Network installation, the largest energy storage system in Leighton Buzzard (UK) Europe.
Stem is another startup that has been getting quite a lot of attention in the past year. It is keen to focus on the word “intelligent” when describing its energy storage solutions, as its offering is not just about the batteries but the software surrounding them and connecting them to other components of the electricity system.
It offers “an integrated solution of cloud-based predictive software and advanced energy storage,” according to its website. “The Stem system lowers your monthly energy bill by reducing peak loads, predicting your energy usage patterns, and deploying stored energy at precise times—with no change to how your business operates.”
It is targeting business and utility applications.
Sunverge is also focused on the term “intelligent,” Sunverge is focused on utilization with distributed energy storage application (i.e., solar power). “It combines batteries, power electronics, and multiple energy inputs in a UL-certified appliance that is remotely managed and controlled by software running in the cloud.” Its target customers include electricity consumers, electricity retailers, and utilities.
It recently teamed up with SunPower — one of the largest solar power companies in the world — for solar + storage applications in the US and Australia.
StartUp Tendril has produced an Energy Services Management platform that’s helping energy providers and smart grid users further understand their needs and uses. This unique platform employs a ‘leaderboard‘ so that different user’s usages can be compared. The goal of Tendril is to create a system that will deliver the right message and energy to the right customer.
In 2014, the US Solar Panel company SunPower invested $20M in Tendril to Link Solar With Home Energy Management
3. Trends and finding reported in The Economist of Load Defection
- Solar power plus battery systems rapidly become cost effective
According to the report: “Grid-connected systems of this analysis become economic for customers much sooner, with substantial utility load loss well within the economic life and cost recovery period for major assets.
New customers will find solar-plus-battery systems configurations most economic in three of our geographies within the next 10–15 years.”
- Solar power contribution will rise significantly
As electricity prices from the grid increase and solar and battery costs decrease, customers logically reduce their grid purchases until the grid takes a backup-only role. Meanwhile, solar-plus-battery systems eventually provide the majority of customers’ electricity.
- The grid requires an approximate investment of $100 billion a year, or $2 trillion between 2010 and 2030
A large impact on system economics can come from a relatively small decline in kWh sales revenue. “Notably, our analysis shows that grid-connected solar-plus-battery systems become economic for large numbers of customers, and those systems have the potential to supply greater and greater portions of customers’ electricity.”
- Smart Grid Projects Europe 2014
- Smart Grids: The Future Is Now
- Smart Cities do have an integrated IT Technology
- The power grid gets climate proof
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