Engerati round-up: hybrid solar, IIoT and demand response

Typical hybrid solar energy systems combinations include either a diesel generator or a biomass plant alongside the solar PV. In addition, they can provide power on demand and support renewable energy integration. A few months ago Enel Green Power opened the first triple hybrid plant, combining geothermal, solar PV and solar thermal. Now a proof of concept system combining hybrid solar PV, ground-source heat pumps and borehole thermal energy storage has been launched in Sweden. [quote] With the country’s heating needs the aim is to test seasonal storage of thermal energy. [Sweden innovates in the solar PV-geothermal system space] Recognising the potential of renewable hybrid systems, Australia’s CSIRO has just launched a dedicated research centre. [Hybrid energy -a new centre to support its development]

Industrial Internet of Things

Leveraging the Internet of Things technology, the Industrial Internet of Things is starting to revolutionise the way businesses operate. A new survey from Bit Stew Systems and IDG Research finds that the majority of businesses surveyed have either initiated or are considering some level of IIoT implementation but that data issues such as integration and security are slowing adoption. [Industrial Internet of Things brings opportunity, but ripples in the road ahead] With their experience with the smart grid, utilities have been very much at the forefront of this revolution with useful lessons for other industries, while savvy vendors who have built their business around utility data have the potential for new areas of growth.

Demand Response

As we know interoperability is essential for widespread adoption of any technology. In a new study Navigant Research puts thermostats under the spotlight with their potential to stimulate a $3 billion demand response market. Utility customers should be able to choose their own thermostat from a particular vendor but interoperability is necessary for participation in such demand response activities. To achieve this, utilities should work with vendors more as partners than contractors, recommends Navigant |Research’s Brett Feldmann. [Bring your own thermostat demand response programmes –a $3 billion market]

Tata Power awarded for efficiency and reliability

Tata Power Delhi Distribution (TPDDL) is very much at the forefront of energy efficiency and power reliability programmes among Indian – and Asian – utilities. It was reportedly one of the first in the world to conceptualise an automated demand response together with a smart metering initiative for large customers grid in order to improve management of demand during grid emergencies and power reliability. At Asian Utility Week the company was recognised with the Innovators Award for its promotion of energy efficient air conditioners. [Energy efficiency is at the top of Tata Power Delhi Distribution’s list of priorities] “We have been constantly advocating and incentivising energy conservation schemes… Our DSM schemes not only aim to reduce power consumption but also help customers in reducing spending on electricity bills,” says TPDDL CEO and MD Praveer Sinha.