EVs: Smart Charging: steering the charge, driving the change

Last update on March 26, 2015.

Eurelectric has issued an important study on the smart charging of electric vehicles.   This topic is of particular interest to Ireland, given the forward-looking approach taken here on EV charging infrastructure.  Indeed, at the Eurelectic event this week to launch the study, one of the principal speakers was Marguerite Sayers, MD of ESB Networks.  Senan McGrath of ESB eCars also presented.  The paper presents the potential of smart charging and related benefits for customers, the power system and society more generally. Shedding light on industry examples and projects, it concludes by outlining key actions to ensure the effective roll-out of ...

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ISGAN / GSGF Awards of Excellence 2015

Last update on Feb. 3, 2015.

On 26 January, the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), in partnership with the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF), launched its second annual Award of Excellence competition to showcase leadership and innovation in smart grid projects around the world. This year’s competition theme is “Excellence in Smart Grids for Renewable Energy Integration,” highlighting the critical role that smart grids can play in accelerating the deployment and use of clean, renewable energy sources like solar and wind.

ISGAN and GSGF also announced that Ronnie Belmans, GSGF Executive Director, returns to head the international jury of smart grid experts that will ...

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New GB smart grid report shows £2.8B benefit by 2030

Last update on Dec. 17, 2014.

On Monday of this week, a new benefit-cost report into smart grid development in GB was published by SmartGrid GB. The report entitled ‘Making smart choices for smart grid development’, finds that smart grid development can deliver £2.8 billion of net present value (NPV) to Britain’s economy by 2030. The expected benefit-cost ratio is 2:1    with a range of 1.5 to 2.5, so even the most pessimistic scenario shows a positive benefit-cost ratio.

 The report examines eleven key smart grid applications,  (all in the distribution system and excluding smart metering)  with an emphasis on where ...

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Cross-Border Smart-Grid Initiative gets international recognition

Last update on Dec. 16, 2014.

The North Atlantic Green Zone project has recently been recognised in the Best Practices in Competitiveness Strategy for Regional Innovation.

The North Atlantic Green Zone is a cross border project geographically located in the North-West of Ireland. The competitiveness of the region is hindered due to the state of its current electricity and communications infrastructure. It suffers from the worst continuity and security of supply performance of all electricity systems on the island. The Irish and Northern Irish system operators are proposing a significant and technologically advanced infrastructure project, which will see the first implementation of a Smart Grid of ...

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Irish Smart Grid Project gets Horizon 2020 funding

Last update on Dec. 12, 2014.

Congratulations to SGI members Glen Dimplex, Eirgrid and ESB Networks on their success in winning funding from Horizon 2020.  Other Irish participants are UCD, Intel and SSE.  The international project is titled "RealValue" and follows on from the ENERNET project; the other partners come from  UK, Germany, Finland and Latvia.

According to the press release on Wed:  driving change in the energy sector, a European consortium with world leading Irish expertise has received the first phase of approval for a €12million grant from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020* fund, of which €7.2million will be allocated to the Irish ...

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