11 March 2010 - A consortium of Dutch companies has created a living smart grid demonstration community, including interconnected micro-CHP units, that goes live today. Consultancy KEMA has partnered with Dutch energy research centre ECN, software company Humiq and utility Essent to create the ‘PowerMatching City.’
Can cogeneration play an important role in the ‘smart’ electricity grid concept being developed around the world, and then within real, physical, smart grids? Most certainly, suggests COGEN Europe’s Fiona Riddoch in a feature article in this issue on page 15. CHP has always delivered a range of benefits to several market participants – reduced energy costs and an element of energy independence for the host consumer; lower emissions for the environment; and local grid reinforcement services for the utility.
America's Vice President Joe Biden has detailed plans by the Department of Energy to develop a smart electrical grid, that is likely to support the development of distributed and on-site power generation.
On Site Renewables
In a move which may facilitate the widespread development of distributed generation, Alstom Power's Energy Management Business (EMB)has announced it will collaborate with Microsoft to deliver the next generation of IT system for the power industry.
National Grid Group, the company which owns and operates the electricity transmission network in England and Wales, is considering projects which would establish links with the grid systems of three European countries, according to a report in the Independent on Sunday.
Ambient Corporation announced the successful completion of joint testing with Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. (SEI), Japan's largest manufacturer of electric wire and cable.