San Antonio, Texas, January 26, 2012 — The DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition is host not only to receptions, conference sessions, live demonstrations of smart grid technology and some of the utility industry's sharpest minds. The conference, held in San Antonio Texas from January 24-26, 2012, is also where leading companies choose to make announcements that change the industry.
Here are a few of the top news items that the utility industry first learned about on the DistribuTECH conference floor this year.
At DistribuTECH, C3, SAIC expand alliance to deliver integrated energy solutions
SAIC Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, LLC, a unit of Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), and C3, an energy and emissions management software provider, announced a comprehensive strategic alliance to deliver fully integrated energy solutions to commercial, industrial and government customers in North America.
Building on an alliance initially formed in 2011, the extended relationship between SAIC and C3 includes joint product development, sales, marketing and support. Under the agreement, SAIC will sell, install, and support C3 software as an integrated component of its energy services offerings. SAIC and C3 presented their joint offering at DistribuTECH 2012.
Vermont energy grid to get IBM network upgrade
At the 2012 DistribuTECH conference, IBM and the Vermont Electric Power Co. announced an agreement to build an intelligent fiber optic and Carrier Ethernet communications and control network across the state of Vermont.
Spanning more than 1,000 miles, this advanced fiber communications network will connect transmission substations to Vermont's distribution utilities, delivering reliable electric service and the capabilities required for the state's future smart grid.
S&C, Alstom Grid introduce integrated smart grid solution at DistribuTECH
Global smart grid firms S&C Electric Co. and Alstom Grid announced an integrated solution combining S&C's IntelliTeam SG Automatic Restoration System and Alstom Grid's e-terradistribution Integrated Distribution Management System. This new solution, announced at DistribuTECH, is the outcome of joint research and development to support smart distribution through layered intelligence.
It enables control room operators to access complete field data from S&C's IntelliTeam SG through Alstom's IDMS. The integrated approach also offers a single user interface for enhanced situational awareness to support the growing influx of data as smart grid deployments continue to expand.
Petra Solar demonstrates GridWave technology at DistribuTECH
New Jersey-based Petra Solar, which provides smart energy solutions to the electric supply industry, demonstrated its GridWave technology during the conference.
Attendees learned about and viewed demonstrations of the GridWave solutions that were developed by Petra Solar under the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems program. The SEGIS initiative was established to foster advancements that maintain or improve power quality and reliability while increasing photovoltaic solar technology's contributions and economic value to the electrical grid.
Texas Instruments unveils new Zigbee Smart Energy system at DistribuTECH
At DistribuTECH, Texas Instruments Incorporated announced a demonstration of a radio frequency system-on-chip that integrates an IEEE 802.15.4 (2.4 GHz) radio, an ARM Cortex-M3 processor, dedicated Smart Energy 2.0 hardware security acceleration, and enough flash and RAM to run the ZigBee IP stack and SE2.0 profile.
A single-chip solution, the CC2538 ZigBee SE2.0 SoC removes the need for an additional microprocessor and will enable simplified, cost-effective development of SE2.0 compliant smart grid and remote sensor connectivity applications such as electricity, gas or water smart meters and in-home displays.
Also demonstrated at DistribuTECH was TI's high performance CC1200 RF transceiver. The CC1200, an evolution of the CC1120 sub-1 GHz RF performance line, supports the full bandwidth of the 802.15.4g standard for wireless smart utility networks in the sub-1 GHz bands.
Metadigm announces accurate meter reading technology at DistribuTECH 2012
Metadigm Services, a utility services company specializing in Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) services to utilities, announces MetaRead, a revolutionary new software application that transforms traditional meter reading and guarantees 100 percent accurate billing and meter data.
Capturing meter reads with digital photos adds not only an additional level of data verification, but also accountability and security that will help detect and prevent power fraud, Metadigm officials said in a press conference at DistribuTECH 2012 in San Antonio.
"MetaRead is revolutionizing the oldest service in the utility industry. Capturing meter reads with digital photos adds not only an additional level of data verification, but also accountability and security that will help detect and prevent power fraud," said CEO Robert Shively.
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Dominion, Lockheed Martin release energy efficiency solution
Dominion and Lockheed Martin demonstrated their EDGE Grid Side Efficiency solution for utilities. EDGE is the first of several smart grid applications to be delivered through a joint marketing and development alliance between the two companies.
EDGE is a modular and adaptive conservation voltage management solution enabling utilities to deploy incremental grid-side energy management that requires no behavioral changes or purchases by end customers. The EDGE product suite provides sustainable energy savings through integrated planning, execution and validation of grid side energy efficiency management.
G&W Electric, Survalent Technology show off new automation solution at DistribuTECH
Delegates visited G&W Electric booth #677 to see a new automation solution from G&W Electric and Survalent Technology in action.
The new solution uses software that has been field proven for SCADA management, FDIR, smart grid and load flow management paired with industry-hardened devices. This new addition to the Lazer line of automation solutions can be customized to meet the most complex system requirements.
DistribuTECH is the utility industry's leading smart grid conference and exposition, addressing relevant topics such as automation and control systems, energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy integration, advanced metering, T&D system operation and reliability, power delivery equipment and water utility technology.