Smart grid round-up: ‘fossil free’ grid, DEWA and smart grid IT


University to test a ‘fossil free’ grid

Newcastle University is incorporating its Smart Grid Laboratory into a larger energy centre in September. The focus of the research will be on the entire energy system fossil free. While the initial emphasis will be on heating and transport systems, the use of EV batteries on the grid form an important part of the research.

Working with Nissan, which recently announced that it would be using recycled ‘Leaf’ batteries for energy storage, the university is utilising the batteries in its Smart Grid Laboratory in order to assess their suitability in decarbonising the power system.

Says Phil Taylor, Professor of Energy Systems at the university, “Electric vehicles can be used to import power from the grid when the conditions are right and in times, when more power is needed, then this stored battery power could be exported back into the grid.”

The university’s Smart Grid Laboratory, supported by Siemens Energy Automation will form part of the National Centre for Energy Systems Integration. The Centre will look to work with commercial partners to test technologies at the university.

Kepco launches smart grid demonstration in Dubai

Kepco DEWA launch
Cho Hwan-Ik, KEPCO President at the groundbreaking ceremony for the DEWA smart grid project in Dubai. [Picture credit: KEPCO]
The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has partnered with the Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco)

in a demonstration project, illustrating how ‘smart grid stations’ can make cities more efficient.

The project will include the construction of a model of a smart grid model at DEWA’s headquarters, which will include solar panels, an energy storing system (ESS) and integrated operating system.

Kepco and DEWA have additionally been cooperating in areas such as advanced metering infrastructure, ESS and automated distribution systems.

Smart grid market to grow by 12.91% between 2016 and 2020

A new report predicts that the global smart grid IT systems market will grow at a CAGR of 12.91% between 2016 and 2020. The report, The Global Smart Grid IT Systems Market 2016-2020, anticipates the growth will be bolstered by an increased demand for power, increasingly stringent emissions regulations and the need to enable new power resources such as PV, wind and EVs.