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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

Modelling transformers for high-voltage power distribution

Dr Beriz Bakija discusses the benefits of modelling, designing and testing transformers

IEC launches portal for global standards for Smart Grid

A new web portal from the IEC is a 'one-stop access point' that provides a comprehensive catalogue of standards relating to Smart Grids

The electrical grid of tomorrow will be flexible and self-healing

A smart electrical grid has the potential to play a key role in the effort to lower energy costs for consumers, achieve energy independence and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. How can all of this be realised and what can government do to ensure such a grid can be made a reality? Dr Richard Charnah explains

Advanced automation needed to achieve smart grid success

According a new report, a radical overhaul of policy and technology is needed for the USA to reap the benefits promised by the smart grid. Sean Ottewell reports

Securing the smart grid: the road ahead

With the push for more efficient energy distribution, the smart grid has quickly transformed from the hottest buzzword to a global reality. But what exactly is the smart grid? Joshua Pennell explains

Radical change needed for smart power grids to succeed in Europe

Major challenges in strategic planning and cross-border coordination have to be overcome for Europe to enjoy the benefits of true smart grid electricity generation and distribution. Sean Ottewell reports

Smart technologies at heart of transmission and distribution

Demand-side initiatives in New Zealand, Turkey's link to the European grid and improvements to network reliability in the US all rely on the latest smart technologies

Building world’s largest smart grid

Supplying polyphase commercial and industrial smart meters which will provide digital accuracy and reliability

A smart grid versus smart meters

Intelligent distributed control applications are extending the smart grid beyond metering. Michael Anderson reports

Networks offer glimpse of our ‘smarter’ energy future

Projects aim to help to move the UK closer to realising our low carbon energy future

Receiver enhances data capture measurements in high voltage applications

The ISOBE5600m receiver unit easily connects to an external PC and uses Perception software for swift data analysis.

Keeping the smart grid strategies simple

The two prerequisites for the smart grid are a smart meter to measure energy usage at the point of delivery, and consumer tools to control energy consumption. Ulla Pettersson says that rather than combining the two in a single device, it makes more sense to separate them

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