City rolls out smart meters

City Power has installed 153 smart meters in Ferndale and 2500 with large power users in Johannesburg as part of a project business trial. At the same time, meter data management software was deployed to collect meter reading information and provide it to the City of Johannesburg’s billing system, enabling the city to compile key […]

Smart grid system reduces power outages on university campus

S&C Electric Company has announced the completion of a high-speed self-healing fault-clearing system at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) in Portales, USA. The project is part of the university’s plan to improve power reliability and reduce outages. The company, in conjunction with a consultancy, developed a solution using a 15 kV remote supervisory Vista underground […]

R350-million miniature substation contract

Powertech Transformers has received the majority share of the miniature substation contract from Eskom to the value of approximately R350-million. The contract, which covers a two year period comprises miniature substations which are intended for various housing developments throughout South Africa where Eskom supplies power, and will be manufactured locally in the company’s Cape Town […]

Becoming a smart utility

Schneider Electric recently announced that is has been selected by Nova Scotia Power to implement an advanced distribution management system (ADMS) based outage management system (OMS) as an integrated smart grid solution to improve operational efficiencies and outage management response and restoration. The project will enable the utility to meet the challenges of increasing consumer […]

Power products now CE-compliant

Advanced switching solutions manufacturer Gigavac has announced that its line of power products including contactors and battery disconnect switches are now CE approved. The approval includes standard Gigavac Epic sealed contactors both GX, industrial, and MX hi-reliability series. Other products covered under the CE mark are the BD and HBD manual switch series, along with […]

63 kA substation for soccer stadium

ABB has won an order worth around $30-million from Furnas Centrais Elétricas S.A. to construct a new indoor transmission substation in Rio de Janeiro to power the renowned Maracanã soccer stadium and the adjacent neighbourhood. The stadium was the world’s largest when originally inaugurated in 1950, with space for around 200 000 spectators. It has […]

China’s smart grid commitment

China’s focus on national smart grid development will drive massive revenue growth in the power transmission and distribution supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems market in the coming years, says research and consulting firm GlobalData. The company’s latest report predicts the Chinese SCADA market to soar in value in the coming years, from $3-billion […]

Radio signal connection via Modbus RTU

I/O signals from Phoenix Contact’s Radioline systems can now be connected directly to control units via the Modbus RTU protocol. For this, the radio master wirelessly collects I/O signals from up to 250 radio stations and maps these to a centrally located Modbus register. This means that the entire radio network can be addressed via […]