Smart Grids

Smart grids, an electrical grid which includes a variety of operation and energy measures including smart meters, smart appliances, renewable energy resources, and energy efficient resources. Smart grids help reduce non-revenue electricity, they help to recover losses as well as open new revenue streams. Another advantage of smart grids is that they help utilities to strengthen the resilience of grid networks against cyber-attacks. Smart grids help utilities to reduce the occurrence and duration of power outages. They help utility firms to integrate large numbers or capacity of distributed energy resources. Smart grids are projected can cut the industry's carbon emissions by 25%. Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things are the backbones of smart grids.

Distribution network

Lucy Electric launches expansion module for its Gemini 3 mini RTU

Lucy Electric's new unit comprises an expansion processor accommodating up to three more sub-assemblies allowing the remote terminal unit to control up to six switches.
Is grid modernisation success hidden in data analytics?

Is grid modernisation success hidden in data analytics?

Big data analytics continues to be a top deployment priority for businesses as its use will help them remain competitive while accelerating innovation.
EV charging power levels

Trends in EV charging power levels

Electric vehicles are considered the most feasible way to achieve clean transportation. But what are the trends in EV charging power levels?
African Utility of the Future

$5,000 prize for African Utility of the Future competition winner

The African Development Bank and EnergyNet have created the African Utility of Future competition enabling teams to compete for a $5,000 prize. Submission deadline of 6 November 2020.
virtual reality lighting

Virtual reality influencing public lighting designs

The use of immersive virtual reality as a tool for lighting design is a topic that is drawing great interest in the scientific community.
SustainSolar

Switch on for the first ease mini-grid by SustainSolar

SustainSolar delivers a first-time experience of wired household electricity to a village in Malawi through a new mini-grid model.

Interview: Renewable microgrids for the C&I market in Africa

HOMER Microgrid News in conversation with Arnaud Henin, MD of Gommyr Power Networks, about high-penetration renewable-powered microgrids for C&I uses.
EMBEDDED GENERATION INSTALLATION

Commentary: Embedded generation installation SANS 10142-1 standards

SAPVIA board member Frank Spencer comments on the upcoming SANS codes for the safe connection of small-scale embedded generation installation to low-voltage grids.
fourth industrial revolution

South Africa’s Fourth Industrial Revolution report lands on president’s desk

On receipt of the Fourth Industrial Revolution report, President Ramaphosa said digital transformation has to be harnessed to change the way we live, learn, work and govern.
smart meter hackathon

Tech applications open for Lagos Smart Meter Hackathon 2020

Nigeria's tech community is invited to take part in a smart meter hackathon aimed at developing and delivering metering hardware and software systems. Deadline for submissions is 28 August 2020.

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