Tag Archive for 'Smart Grid'

US Government Releases Smart Grid Standards

The NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), part of the US Commerce Department, has released its framework of standards and strategies for the upcoming smart grid phenomenon.

This article from Appliance Magazine provides the link to the NIST publication.  To summarize, it includes a reference model to help actually design the smart grid itself, a set of 75 standards, a process to revise or add standards, and a strategy to handle security issues for the online component of the grid.

China to Receive GE Smart Grid Technology

With a government tailor-made for smart grid technology, the Chinese city of Yangzhou will be the staging ground for GE to introduce its smart grid to the region.

Needless to say, China’s demand for energy has increased dramatically in recent years, so the advent of this new technology holds quite a lot of promise.  GE will have a demonstration center in Yangzhou displaying all of the major components of a smart grid system: the smart meter, compatible thermostats, new smart appliances.

Read more about it, once again, at Appliance Magazine.

Whirlpool to Produce One Million Smart-Grid Appliances in Two Years

Whirlpool has committed to producing one million dryers by the end of 2011 that are compatible with the emerging smart grid technology.

After an additional four years, by the end of 2015, all of Whirlpool’s electronic appliances will be smart-grid friendly.

They are currently promoting this commitment at the International Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas.  They are exhibiting one of their smart-grid dryers this year.

You can read more here.

Smart Grid Systems Will Ship 17 Million Units by 2014

Smart Grid systems are soon to be all the rage, as is apparent by the amount of press coverage the topic has received in recent times.  The latest news is that 17 million units are expected to ship in 2014, flooding a fledgling market despite fears of an ongoing recession.

The vast majority of this market is going to come from the utilities offering packages for this new technology.  Standalone units are expected to hold only a small piece of the market share.

Whatever we may think of this technology, we can all agree that it’s on its way.  Millions of homes will have automated grids filled with appliances that can communicate with the utilities, feeding data back to the consumer.

Personally, as impressed as I am, I will be infinitely more impressed when my washer informs me that I’ve accidentally thrown in one of my wife’s dry-clean-only dresses.  I can’t wait until my dryer tells me that it refuses to dry one of my wife’s sweaters, because it will shrink.  Imagine your fridge saying, “Hey you!  Please throw that milk away.  It expired last week!”

Now THAT will be a smart appliance.

What are the smart grids, anyway?

I’ve recently been blogging about the upcoming appliances that will be able to communicate with smart grids.  What are those smart grids anyway?  Well, I found this article from CBS that further explains this initiative.

Millions of households will receive home energy information displays over the next few years.  They will be able to monitor their energy usage and make informed decisions on when to use their major appliances.

This is interesting new technology that will revolutionize how we consume energy in the 21st century.

Whirlpool showcases Smart Grid Appliances in Copenhagen

I reported a few days ago on the recent Sustainability Report released by Whirlpool promoting the company’s efforts to go green and manufacture appliances capable of sending and receiving messages to the electric grid.

Vice President of Government Relations for Whirlpool, Tom Catania, will represent his company at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties being held in Copenhagen, Denmark this week.

He will be engaged in talks about the importance of collaboration between the appliance industry, the various governments, and other organizations to further develop ideas regarding climate change.

Read the article from Appliance Magazine for more details.