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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.

Transforming energy losses in electrical distribution networks

If there were a way to cut energy losses by an amount equivalent to 1 per cent of all electricity consumed, network operating companies and large users of electricity would be rushing to adopt it. Astonishingly, in Europe and the USA the opportunity to achieve this saving is being ignored, says Stuart Harvey.

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

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

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