President and CEO,
Ambient Corporation]San Diego, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 1, 2013 - An advanced power quality monitoring solution is available integrating ABB’s DistribuSense current and voltage sensors with Ambient Corporation’s AmbientPQM solution.
The integrated product is a combination of hardware and software, Ambient Smart Grid Communications Nodes enabled with AmbientPQM, that enhances the ABB DistribuSense offering by adding local intelligence, management, communications, and alarm reporting at the location of the sensors.
President and CEO,
ABB Inc.]Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- December 9, 2011 - Power and automation technology group ABB has opened its Smart Grid Center of Excellence facility at the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University.
The Center, which is backed by a $10 million investment from ABB, was created to demonstrate ABB's technology and investment in the smart grid industry. The Center has functional systems which display the end-to-end solution where information technologies (IT) and operational technologies (OT) converge to close the loop of automation, control and data acquisition.
The facility, which consists of two REpower MM82 2.05 MW (megawatt) wind turbines provides a total capacity of 4 MW of power and will produce enough electricity for 2,300 homes. This provides enough renewable electricity for almost all of the households in Daylesford and Hepburn Springs.
Tabbert succeeds Eric Murray who was promoted to President in June 2008, and will continue to emphasize Tantalus' commitment to providing its customers with innovative solutions for advanced metering, demand response and distribution automation.
Speaker: Ralph E. Abbott
Company: Plexus Research, Inc.
Ralph Abbott is President and co-founder of Plexus Research, Inc., located in Boxborough, Massachusetts. Plexus is a leading consulting engineering and strategic business development firm that specializes in “customer technologies” for energy utilities, prominently including advanced metering, AMI/AMR, load management, home and building automation, and associated communications technologies. Plexus has served the industry since 1983 and has guided dozens of successful AMR system projects for investor-owned, municipal and rural electric cooperatives. Plexus also serves institutional clients including NARUC, EEI, EPRI, NRECA and provides market research services to leading-edge industrial clients.
ABB repositions for international success
In an exclusive interview with Rudi Leitner, publisher of Smart Energy International, Richard Harpum, managing director of ABB Metering, spoke about ABB's restructuring and his vision for the company's future.
Richard Harpum looked relaxed and decidedly purposeful when I met him at Johannesburg International Airport. He had stopped over in South Africa on one of his regular visits to ABB offices all over the world. Responsible for 47 businesses in 32 countries with 4200 employees, he is open, approachable and friendly. The more we spoke, the more it became clear that this is a central part of his management style and vision. Richard Harpum is clearly a man fully embracing the new business age and business models.
Personality Profile - Ralph Abbott
President of Plexus Research, and principal in Plexus' Boston, USA office, Ralph Abbott received his BSME degree from Bucknell University and an MBA from the University of San Francisco's Graduate Business School. Plexus Research specialises in metering, control, communications and demand-side management technologies for utilities. The firm is presently involved in AMR projects with near term requirements exceeding 5 million meters. Abbott makes the point that the trend towards AMR in the US is profoundly influenced for better and for worse by industry restructuring and deregulation (or regulation!). The factors propelling the trend are new lower cost technologies, a need to reduce costs under performance-based regulation, and the need to provide a richer array of service options to customers. Working in the other direction are confusing regulatory pronouncements (at the state level in the US) about who will own the meter, who will read the meter and how the data will be used. Despite this - and despite the fact that many large utilities have delayed implementing AMR until these issues have been sorted out Abbott believes there is a definite move towards communicating meters. A look into the future At present most metering systems for large users use telephone, with cellular or other two-way RF alternatives. Abbott believes there are some very attractive emerging low cost two-way radio products entering the market during 1997. Most use spread spectrum technologies. Power line communication is also achieving attention. Two-way paging products are promising now, with further advancements on the horizon. Embedded Personal Communications Services (PCS) radio applications are a bit further out on the cost scale, but should become more attractive. Asynchronous Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) technologies will provide more bandwidth on telephone twisted pair. Satellite technologies, now justified for some high value remote applications, will become more widespread as Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellations of satellites find their place in orbit in the next few years. In 20 years time Abbott believes that new metering will all be electronic and highly programmable, so that a few model variations will serve a wide range of applications. Meters will be self-calibrating. Displays on the meter will be eliminated, except where required by outdated regulation. Remote displays of metering and cost data will be available, but as an optional extra-cost item to customers who ask for them. Customers will have access to metering and billing information via other means, such as the then-current successor to the Internet. Meters will be modular, with various telecommunications technology modules being changeable in the field without taking the meter out of service. Many technologies for meter data communications will still co-exist, but Abbott is of the opinion that the dominant technologies in urban areas will be low power, two-way RF, built upon the availability of components and existing communications infrastructure which will be in place to support many other voice and data applications. Much more customer meter data will be required for utilities to operate in the restructured environment. But the single most important factor will be as it always has been the issue of cost versus value. The cost of incorporating communications is coming down while the value is going up. Although up to now few added revenue services have become winners, the utilities' desire to provide these services, which `ride' on AMR systems, will not diminish. Ralph Abbott is a Registered Professional Engineer and a senior member of the IEEE Power Engineering Society. He is a member of the Capital Formation Committee of the Smaller Business Association of New England, the 128 Venture Group, and an advisory committee member of DA/DSM '95 and '96. He has authored many papers in his field and is a frequent speaker at industry symposia. After graduating in 1962 he held senior positions in several control systems firms before becoming vice president of American Science & Engineering in 1973. He is recognised as the driving force behind AS&E's early success in AMR and load management; he developed the two largest systems in load management with Duke Power and Wisconsin Electric Power, totaling more than 400 000 remote points. In 1980 Abbott participated in founding Vedette Energy Research, successfully developing the first broadcast FM radio subcarrier load management system. The Vedette system was developed to work in concert with SCADA/EMS systems, and Abbott arranged the firm's subsequent take-over by ASEA Brown Boveri. He was a co-founder of Plexus in the early 1980s; the firm is recognised as a leader in its fields of expertise.