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    • May 12, 2016

    Is water flow metering important in today’s economy?

    Can you imagine a cab without fare meters? Without a fare meter, the cost to drive around the block or travel between two cities would cost the same. Similarly, it is difficult to charge for water services fairly without a water meter. Thus, meters of all kinds have become integral parts of our economy and lifestyle – in scientific testing, machine...
    • May 9, 2016

    Tripping point: server power protection using branch circuit monitors

    The power consumption of a server station or data center is easily in the megawatts – a data center with 50,000 servers likely consumes 15-20MW. What are the key technologies to manage the power supply for each server rack (Figure 1)? Similarly, there are large electricity consumption companies in industrial and manufacturing, how does the facility...
    • May 5, 2016

    A smarter way for solar to power the grid – think inside the box

    While the deployment of photovoltaic (PV) systems has grown exponentially over the past 10 years, solar energy still powers only a small percentage of the grid. What has kept solar power systems, a clean form of energy, from powering a larger percentage of the grid worldwide? Concerns over cost ($ per Watt) and efficiency have prevented adoption of...
    • May 2, 2016

    European smart grid RF communication in Sub-1 GHz – part 4

    In part 1 of this blog series, I reviewed the wireless M (wM)-Bus protocol standard in the 868 MHz ISM band in Europe, while in part 2 I looked at wM-Bus N-modes and the European Telecommunications Standard Institute ( ETSI ) category 1 receiver performance. In part 3 , I listed the pros and cons of a two-chip MSP430™ microcontroller (MCU) + CC1120...
    • 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...