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    • Apr 18, 2016

    Untangling electric vehicle chargers – Level 3

    In the last installment of this series, I explored different standards around the connection of alternating current (AC) voltage to an electric vehicle. In all of those cases, the electric vehicle (EV) has an onboard AC-to-DC (direct current) converter to handle much of the complex portion of the power-delivery equation. However, due to space constraints...
    • Apr 15, 2016

    Power quality is essential to a smarter grid

    What is power quality? Power quality can have different meanings depending on whether one is an energy producer or consumer. For utilities or system operators, power quality can indicate the reliability of the grid to deliver electricity without interruption. Power quality can also refer to the delivery of power compatible with the electrical loads...
    • Apr 11, 2016

    The shocking truth behind protecting smart grid equipment

    As electricity travels from generation stations to utility customers, end-equipment in the smart energy grid ensures the successful delivery of electricity to consumers and accurate monitoring of consumer consumption for billing. Energy-grid equipment must be resistant to electrical disturbances such as electrical overstress (EOS) from lightning strikes...
    • Mar 4, 2016

    Enabling a more efficient, secure and resilient energy grid

    Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to pay anything for your daily energy use (electricity, that is)? The energy grid is a complex system that generates energy, transmits it over many miles, and finally distributes it to homes and offi...
    • Jan 27, 2016

    Easy supercap backup power for smart grid

    Figure 1: Backup power lasts for 6.5 seconds Everyone wants reliable smart meters . Utility customers want them so that the utility knows exactly when there is a power outage without the customer having to tell them. Early notification allows the u...
    • Jan 12, 2016

    Meter anti-tampering: Stopping those pesky meter tamperers

    With electricity providers striving to reduce energy loss, energy theft prevention is a major concern. Specifically, utility companies seek to prevent energy meter tampering that may lead to obtaining electricity that is not properly billed by the meter to the customer. To prevent energy theft due to the unauthorized modification of energy meters, many...
    • Jan 7, 2016

    Designing your next solar inverter system

    Projections from a research firm [1] indicated that 2015 would likely be a record year with 25 percent growth for solar installations; and the amount of energy capacity generated from solar would grow to 50 GW worldwide compared to 40 GW in 2014. One ...
    • Oct 16, 2015

    Embedding an electrical energy monitor into very space-limited applications made easy with MSP430i204x MCUs

    As more equipment and appliances are equipped with embedded electricity energy monitors to measure and report the devices’ own consumption, I am getting more requests to estimate the real estate occupied by the metering circuit. When server power supply is the biggest user of embedded energy monitors, the ‘allocated’ metering area...
    • Oct 13, 2015

    How is technology accelerating the adoption of renewable energy?

    From solar, hydro and wind, to geo-thermal and bio-mass energy, renewable energy accounts for close to 19 percent of the total energy consumed across the world. Figure 1: Illustration of substation and distribution automation So, why is renewable energy generation gathering momentum? In Jayanth Rangaraju’s recent article in ECN Magazine...
    • Sep 30, 2015

    Ditching the current transformer – Part 3: How to use shunt sensors in poly-phase metrology systems

    With the many advantages of using shunts as current sensors , they are often the current sensor of choice for metrology systems. But as we saw in the previous entry in this series , the lack of isolation provided by a shunt inhibits its use in polyphas...