March 12, 2014
Smarts and tech the progression to deliver on energy thinking and smartening the grid. Leading technology companies who live and breath data are invigorating the grid to smart. Lets look at big tech “Intel puts its energy into smart grid development in Germany” for improving performance.
Intel has joined the EEBus Initiative, a smart grid standards group, and is testing smart monitoring units in German electrical substations. IDG News Service the Paris Bureau reported “Intel is putting its energy into the development of smart grid standards and monitoring systems in Germany, with company executives announcing a number of initiatives at the Cebit trade. With Westfalen Weser Energie, it is developing smart monitoring systems for the regional utility’s electrical substations, said Hannes Schwaderer, Intel’s director of energy and industrial applications for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.”
In Germany there are around 1 million secondary substations, which transform electricity from medium-high voltages down to the 220 volt supply found in homes and offices, said Detlef Gieselmann, the utility’s senior vice president of business development. In residential areas, each substation typically serves 100 to 150 people, with others serving commercial or industrial sites, he said,” in CIO.
So far, the company has equipped just two substations with industrial PCs built around Intel Core i5 processors, and additional instrumentation to measure voltage and current. The partners are doing that at two levels: On the server side they are working on “big data” techniques to glean useful business information from the mass of measurements received.
That’s why another of the initiatives announced involved a collaboration between two Intel business units to develop a security platform for smart grid components. Security software vendor McAfee is working with embedded OS developer WindRiver to deliver end-to-end protection for the smart grid, said Raj Samani, CTO for McAfee Europe, Middle East and Africa. This will enable utilities to securely manage each secondary substation from a central location, he said.
These international collaborations on smartening the grid are leading to data rich platforms to manage and detect impending problems. The delivery of processor thinking are seeking to enhance gird development yet, the shortcoming is the human technology interface considering human frailty in the development of the grid. A smart grid is not only tech but technology plus human optimizing resources and equipment.