Today at DistribuTECH, the utility industry’s leading smart energy conference and exhibition, Silver Spring Networks, Inc. showcased utilities and grid device partners that are leveraging its platform to yield powerful Grid Management advances for grid reliability, restoration acceleration, efficiency and asset optimization.
Silver Spring works with some of the world’s leading utility companies such as Baltimore Gas and Electric, ComEd, CPFL Energia, CPS Energy, Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), Pacific Gas & Electric, Pepco Holdings Inc., and Sacramento Municipal Utility District to leverage real-time grid information to advance Distribution Automation (DA) programs.
Silver Spring’s standards-based IPv6 IoT platform also provides integrated communication for the most diverse portfolio of grid-edge devices including continuously-powered, battery-powered, and power harvesting solutions from partners such as Incon, Sentient Energy, V2Com, and Varentec.
“With more demands being placed upon utilities to integrate distributed generation, continually improve reliability to the grid, and provide timely energy consumption information to consumers, the industry is looking to proven platforms to provide more intelligent control and monitoring of the entire grid,” said Matt Smith, Senior Director, Grid Management, Silver Spring Networks. “Silver Spring’s advanced communications and data platform has been designed from the beginning to provide the bandwidth, security and geographic coverage to support benefits that extend beyond advanced metering. Some of the company’s top AMI customers are leading the charge by leveraging the same IoT multi-application network that is securely and reliably connecting millions of homes and businesses to now modernize their entire distribution system.”
By taking advantage of Silver Spring’s multi-application platform, energy customers on five continents are achieving benefits for grid management and DA programs. Recent examples include:
· BGE: Leveraging its existing Silver Spring IPv6 platform for advanced metering to connect approximately 3,000 automated reclosers and 4,800 capacitor controls that will improve reliability, reduce interruptions, and conserve energy across its entire service area.
· ComEd: Approximately 9,500 DA devices deployed on Silver Spring’s IPv6 network have helped improve performance and assist with automated restoration and remote control. As a result of this DA program, there were over 6.2 million avoided customer interruptions from January 2012 through December 2016.
· CPFL Energia: Believed to be one of the world’s largest geographic DA deployments across 100,000 square kms, Silver Spring IPv6 platform will connect over 3,700 reclosers for better reliability across Brazil’s Sao Paulo state.
· FPL: During Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, the third largest utility in the U.S. leveraged Silver Spring’s advanced metering and distribution automation solutions to pinpoint outages and deliver information directly to crews in the field, helping get the lights back on faster for customers affected by the storm. FPL restored more than 1 million customer interruptions less than 48 hours after the storm exited its service territory. Smart grid technology, including automated switches and line sensors on FPL’s system, also prevented approximately 118,000 service interruptions during Hurricane Matthew, and an estimated 25,000 interruptions during Hurricane Hermine in September 2016.
IoT platforms for the utility and energy industry demand the innovations and interoperability of many companies. With over 125 partners globally, including leading DA device and software vendors, the Silver Spring ecosystem delivers comprehensive solutions for smart energy customers.
“As the IoT extends to include every part of the energy industry, our standards-based platform offers one of the industry’s broadest selection of devices and applications to help our customers reduce operating expenses, deliver proven innovation and demonstrate operational improvement on both sunny and stormy days,” continued Smith.
With today’s announcement, integrated solutions that will feature proven Silver Spring technology include:
· Incon TransformerIQ: Provides real-time, continuous intelligence for vault, padmount, or poletop distribution transformers.
· Sentient Master Monitor 3 (MM3™  ): Intelligent line monitor used by leading Silver Spring customers as their platform for a diverse set of SAIDI, SAIFI and DERMS applications deployed across the grid.
· Sentient ZeroAmp Monitor 1 (ZM1™  ): Intelligent Line Monitor for low or no amperage grid locations, providing fault information and oscillography, load logs, and disturbance statistics.
· V2Com GT650: Distributed embedded compute module for DA and automated measurement management.
· Varentec ENGO: Dynamic volt-ampere reactive (VAR) source deployed on the supply-side of distribution grid designed to autonomously regulate VARs to control voltage at the grid edge.
With speeds up to 2.4 Mbps, the backwards compatible, fifth generation of Silver Spring Networks’ IPv6 platform – Gen5™ and Gen5-based products – enables a broad range of device integrations. The Bridge 5 is optimized for performance-intensive applications that demand higher capacity, lower latency, and longer range. The self-meshing, postage stamp-size Milli 5™ Communications Module can connect battery-powered and energy harvesting sensor devices for emerging smart energy, smart city, and other IoT applications where line power is unavailable.
To learn more, please visit Silver Spring at DistribuTECH 2017 – Booth # 2831 - from January 31 – February 2 in San Diego, Calif.