With that in mind Smart Grid Australia proposes a more holistic approach to demonstrate the significant social and economic benefits that can be achieved for customers and the nation as a whole. This will require effective integration of new and emerging technology components through standard interfaces, supported by new and compatible business models and regulatory frameworks.
As part of the U.S. National Energy Technology Laboratory’s Smart Grid Implementation Strategy initiative, a compendium of technologies has been prepared, categorized into five Key Technology Areas (KTAs), as follows:
CEO, BEAMA]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 30, 2010 - There is a need for much better dialogue with the general public in the U.K. to promote low carbon energy generation and related infrastructure and furthermore, the government must engage with the public on the benefits of smart metering and a smarter energy network.
These are among the conclusions of the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change
There is a lot of discussion about the technical characteristics of proper AMI solutions, functionalities, benefits etc., but utilities still find it hard to decide on a major investment that has to give returns over a longer period of time. Do you as a utility ever question how to find a future-proof solution that is going to provide decent benefits and returns on investment?
An AMI solution consists of diverse connected elements such as the equipment of the measuring points and communication devices, the central collection software, and many other elements that make the whole solution serviceable over a certain period of time. Some of the elements are crucial bottlenecks at making the choice of the investment. Software can be changed or upgraded, communications can change … all these things for quite decent additional investment and convenience, within the period of system operation, provided that the initially chosen technical solution enables these activities.
Smart metering and smart grid technologies are the key to empowering consumers to control their energy use, become more conscious of energy conservation and reduce theft. Interest in these “smart” technologies is growing in Latin America with pilots in many of the countries in the region, with Brazil leading the way.
A major challenge in fulfilling the expectations set for AMI and related smart grid infrastructure involves network protocols and connectivity. Cellular-based approaches may scale to appropriate levels, though a system that shares infrastructure with a network optimised for voice and mediarich data raises issues of complexity and cost. Fortunately, a key element of the network infrastructure for smart meter deployment fell into place in the last year, with the standardisation of low-power radio frequency (RF) networking based on Internet Protocol v6 (known as 6lowPAN). Equipment providers and integrators serving utilities can now look to the world’s best known networking protocol as the basis for AMI networks.
The challenge of climate change is ensuring that the shift to a low carbon economy remains high on the agenda for governments and businesses. With increasing government legislation, businesses today must prioritise their climate change initiatives and focus on the energy efficiency projects that deliver quantifiable results. As part of this, the development of potentially groundbreaking low carbon technologies is becoming central to the climate change debate. It has become increasingly apparent that European businesses are challenged with targets to realise a low carbon economy, especially with no easy and consistent way of measuring their impact on the environment. A recent survey of 200 leading companies surveyed across the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands and Sweden highlighted that 92 percent were particularly in need of technology to improve their energy efficiency, 74 percent needed a way to measure their impact on the environment, and 72 percent said they would welcome a technology that helped them manage and monitor noncompliance risks.