The telecom industry plans to roll-out the first 5G networks from 2020. Fraunhofer FOKUS and Fraunhofer HHI are contributing their comprehensive know-how to a consortium of manufacturers, carriers and research institutions, who are working on prototypes for early-stage 5G communications infrastructure and features, and are aiming to implement these into the 5G Berlin test bed.
Lannion, France. Celtic-Plus project Opera-Net 2 has developed new powering solutions for wireless networks. Projects results will help to avoid the foreseeable collapse when power consumption would scale with the expected increase of bandwidth in mobile communications in the coming ten years. The project adopted a holistic approach combining innovative powering solutions starting from network architecture, including radio signal coding schemas, down to the component level of the RF amplifier.
From meter manufacturer to full smart grid partner, Elster evolves in line with utilities to meet the changing smart grid environment. They will be showcasing their smart grid hardware and software solutions at European Utility Week, Vienna 3-5 November, stand A.b11.
A system for managing and storing energy, developed by EPFL’s Distributed Electrical Systems Laboratory, has been inaugurated on the school’s campus. The system, which received extensive co-financing from the Canton of Vaud, is built around an industrial- capacity battery developed by Vaud-based company Leclanché. It is now connected to the Romande Energie-EPFL solar park and will be used to conduct real-world tests on the behavior of a power grid that is fed electricity from solar panels.
What could big data have to do with the reliable flow of electricity? As it turns out – a lot.
Electrical grids include power plants, transmission lines, and a network of substations that serve thousands of buildings and a lot of our public infrastructure. These are complex networks powered by data stored in building meters, customer information systems and in the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems used to manage the grid. Although there’s a lot of data available, pulling the right information is a challenge as there are many disparate systems and applications involved which do not talk to each other. Getting trustworthy insights on all of this data is therefore difficult.