Engerati’s Week in Smart Energy: is the Dutch Windwheel iconic or novelty?

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The proposed Dutch Windwheel is touted as the solution to selling windmills to Holland

Windmills are synonymous with Holland – as much as clogs and tulips, writes Jonathan Spencer Jones, contributing editor to Engerati, the sister portal to Metering.com.

But that is the traditional windmill, rather than the turbines of your modern windfarm, against which there is strong public opposition, whether they be land-based or offshore.

Enter a consortium of Rotterdam-based companies with a novel concept that could swing that opposition.

The proposed Dutch Windwheel comprises a circular structure with electrostatic wind energy converter technology to generate wind power and is surrounded by two rings – an inner one with restaurant, hotel and apartments and an outer one with viewing cabins running on rails.

[The Challenge of Selling Windmills to Holland] Intended to become an iconic city landmark, is it a viable proposition or simply a novelty?

Meanwhile, Google has been making steady inroads into the home energy and smart home spaces, with the latest being the third generation of the Nest learning thermostat.

While slimmer than its predecessor it is also 40% larger with new technology to better notice, detecting any movement in the room, and be noticed, by then lighting up the display. With its positioning and depending on its next movements – and those of its competitors – we argue that Google could be setting out to dominate this market. [Nest 3 – Google’s Next Step In The Smart Home]

With the prospect of 50 billion connected objects by the end of the decade, the Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly as connectivity grows. Right at the forefront of this growth is the energy sector, with the development of intelligence at the edge of the smart grid. “The energy industry has had to solve IoT type problems and IoT technologies.

Business models are already starting to be used,” Itron’s Roberto Aiello outlined to Engerati in an exclusive interview. With its innovative Riva platform Itron offers edge intelligence along with ubiquitous networking, opening the way for new applications in areas as diverse as building automation and agriculture. [Energy Sector Leads Internet of Things]

Cyber security and protection and control are two sides of the same coin in terms of preventing damage or loss to the grid from external or internal factors. As such they are necessary practices that must be implemented.

A three step plan for improving cyber security of substation automation has been developed by ABB. [Cyber Security For Substations] The company has also recently evolved its flagship protection and control IEDs focusing on interoperability and cyber security hardening. [Power System Protection And Control In One Solution]

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