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Europe invests in smart metering

Throughout Europe, smart metering legislation is driving utilities to optimise their grids. Eugene McCarthy reports

Interconnectors improve integration

Around the world, cross-border interconnector technology is helping countries to even out their electricity usage and improve efficiency. Sean Ottewell reports

European market for cables worth EUR 20bn in 2013

Cables are utilised in many sectors, especially in building and infrastructure, in transport, automotive, railway rolling stock, naval applications

Major infrastructure investments focus on transmission and distribution

Major investments in new networks worldwide are being made to ensure better energy integration and flexibility both within and between different countries. Sean Ottewell reports

The protocols driving smart grid interoperability

Efforts are underway to create a smarter power grid by adding intelligence to the electrical infrastructure that connects energy generation, distribution, transmission, and consumption. Tony Paine reports

Investment continues in major transmission projects

Suppliers to the transmission market are being kept busy by a raft of large orders from all around the globe. Sean Ottewell reports

Frequency response technology successfully implementation

Fast-acting aggregated reserve service successfully responds to frequency deviations for National Grid

Increasing number of major losses challenge power industry

Since 2005, insurers have been involved in settling at least one large power claim annually in excess of $25 million

10 recommendations for making European smart grids safer

Dependency on computer networks and internet makes our society more vulnerable to cyber-attacks

Smart grids - how far have we come?

Smart grids reduce energy network outages and disruption, minimise risk, lower costs, improve operational efficiency and help increase environmental sustainability

Rising to the challenge of cybersecurity

A host of government initiatives and new technologies are helping to raise cybersecurity standards within the power industry. Sean Ottewell examines the consequences

Electrical safety mats, covers and drapes protect power workers

Electrical safety mats, covers and drapes prevent electrical currents flowing from power lines to people. Without this safety equipment, says Diana Ward, electrical workers would be at risk in their daily work.

Developments continue in substation automation systems

Robert Kirkman reflects on substation automation history, today’s developments and how users could utilise them in their existing systems.

Solar panel connector delivers 'enhanced performance at low cost'

Low energy loss 4mm connector for photovoltaic systems with a locking design fully compliant with NEC 2008

Greater control intelligence helps to generate renewable energy

Intelligent inverters maximise power transfer from the gathering source, synchronise power output with the electrical utility and protect the local system from potentially damaging changes in the grid

Battery system enhances power distribution grid stability

Li-ion battery system will provide dynamic energy storage to help respond to disruptions in the grid due to increasing penetration of renewables

Collaboration to improve access to renewable electricity

Transmission system will be installed in distribution network to level out load peaks and improve access to wind power

Switchgear key for ultra high-voltage ac transmission

Ultrahigh-voltage gas-insulated switchgear has a switching capability of 6,900 megawatts, says ABB

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