When the applause dies down, the smart grid may turn out to be its own worst enemy. The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) explained this irony in comments it filed in May, after the...
to measure objects in 3D to produce 3D, 4D and 5D data sets for spatial imaging projects. The system is used for as-built modeling, inventory, inspection, encroachment analysis, and asset management for utilities, transportation and other infrastructure. The company says many applications use airborne information, but can benefit from ground-based positioning and imaging.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Cisco in September announced its intent to acquire privately held Arch Rock, a pioneer in Internet protocol-based wireless network technology for smart-grid applications. Cisco said Arch Rock would enable Cisco to offer a comprehensive and secure advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution that’s fully based on IP and open standards. Arch Rock’s technology is designed to enable utilities to connect smart meters and other distributed intelligent devices over a scalable, highly secure, multi-way wireless mesh network. The acquisition complements the recently announced strategic alliance between Itron and Cisco to develop solutions that enhance smart-metering technology.
American Superconductor acquired a 25-percent ownership position in Blade Dynamics, a designer and manufacturer of advanced wind-turbine blades based on proprietary materials and structural technologies. Founded in the United Kingdom in 2007, Blade Dynamics has developed wind-turbine blade technologies designed to increase the efficiency and performance of very high power (multi-megawatt) wind turbines, while also reducing costs. Dow Chemical, through its Venture Capital group, also made a minority equity investment in Blade Dynamics.
eMeter closed a $12.5 million round of private financing, led by longtime investors Sequoia Capital and Foundation Capital, plus new investor, Northgate Capital. eMeter provides software solutions to enable smart-grid implementations. eMeter says that over the past year it has partnered with such companies as IBM, Siemens, and SAP, and signed new U.S. utility customers including Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, Burbank Water and Power, CenterPoint Energy, Silicon Valley Power, Westar Energy, Central Vermont Power and, most recently, Wabash Energy.
Itron announced that the natural gas distribution companies of Black Hills Utility Holdings, located in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado, have begun deploying 100G Datalogging gas ERT modules from Itron. Black Hills Energy expects the 100G Datalogging gas ERT module will allow the company to collect daily or hourly customer meter data, offering increased operational efficiency and enhanced levels of customer service through additional accuracy and timeliness of information. Access to frequent meter data will facilitate improvements in bill reconciliations and reduce truck rolls for off-cycle reads.
Cooper Power Systems has been selected by Consolidated Electric Cooperative of Mount Gilead, Ohio, to deploy its power line carrier (PLC) AMI network throughout the electric cooperative’s service territory. The project includes implementing more than 16,000 new electric meters with integrated Cooper AMI modules within a 12-month period, with meter data to be managed on the Yukon advanced energy services platform. The system will connect the cooperative to members dispersed throughout eight central Ohio counties served by nearly 1,500 miles of distribution line.
Nalco Mobotec has signed a contract with Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative to provide two ROTAMIX SNCR (selective non-catalytic reduction) systems for NOx control at the Frank E. Ratts Generating Station. The Ratts facility, located in Petersburg, Ind.,