Smart energy round-up: News from the grid edge

ZIV wins deal for data concentrators
Edge intelligence: Itron gave a live demo of energy theft at European Utility Week highlighting how meters act as grid sensors

A current trend that Engerati has been following since its outset is the move of intelligence from the utility control centre to the grid edge, writes Jonathan Spencer Jones, content analyst at the sister portal to Metering & Smart Energy International.

But it’s one thing to talk or read about it and another to see it in action, which we were able to do in a world-first live demonstration recorded at European Utility Week 2015.

Here you can see the real-time detection by Itron’s OpenWay Riva platform of energy theft as a meter is bypassed and of a bad connection in the system. [Moving beyond the smart grid to the active grid]

Tech potential to decrease energy demand

It may not be immediately intuitive but combining the implementation of energy efficiency with the deployment of renewables is more effective in reducing energy demand than are either of the technologies alone. [Energy Efficiency And Renewables Have Synergies]

A recent study by IRENA on the implementation of the Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All) initiative in selected countries found that the combined potential of the technologies could reduce the total primary energy demand by up to 25% compared to business as usual in 2030.

The reason? Synergies with technologies that increase the renewable share while also improving efficiency.

A dramatic shift in the energy system is necessary to meet the EU 2030 carbon emission targets, British startup Limejump writes in a guest editorial.

With the move to a decentralized system considerable flexibility will become hidden in the network, which will require an unprecedented amount of data to unlock – in the UK, some 270,000 times the amount of data currently logged daily, the company estimates. [Uncovering Network Flexibility Through Data]

UK smart grid

As part of the Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) project, one of the largest smart grid demonstrations in UK, a system for active network management with high renewable penetration was developed for Northern Powergrid by Siemens.

Named the Grand Unified Scheme (GUS), it is a hierarchical solution with central control and autonomous district controllers for local control in the substations. “We adopted a generic approach that automatically adapts to new conditions and new assets in the network, without the need for manual configuration,” explains Markus Reischboeck, Senior Key Expert Renewable Integration at Siemens AG. [Northern Powergrid Innovates With Active Network Management]