Developments in M2M set to speed up smart grid deploymentsBy making the electricity grid ‘intelligent’ and adding telecoms to it, the power will eventually move away from the electricity companies and be directed towards the customers, who will be able to control their energy consumption through sensors, M2M devices, and the internet of things (IoT). Europe and North America are rated as the most advanced adopters of smart grid and smart metering technology, but the market is expected to shift increasingly towards Asia and the developing world.
Cadence Design Systems has announced that it is collaborating with TSMC on the development of an Internet of Things (IoT) IP subsystem demonstration platform for TSMC’s ultra-low power (ULP) process. Targeting wearable, home automation, always-on and industrial control applications, the IP subsystem provides the opportunity to simplify IoT designs and accelerate the time to market for customers, Cadence said.
In collaboration with the Economic Development Board (EDB), Singapore Power (SP) has launched the Singapore Power Centre of Excellence (CoE) to “drive the innovation and commercialisation of next-generation energy network technologies, for greater reliability and efficiency of Singapore’s infrastructure”, according to a government press release. The CoE’s aims are to develop, pilot, and integrate latest technologies in Singapore’s infrastructure networks. For example, “remote sensors and intelligent drones could be deployed to perform monitoring tasks, freeing up skilled staff for higher order work”. 20 staff from Singapore Power have been assigned to a new team to work on the CoE.
US-based semiconductor chip maker Intel announced on May 28 the completion of a smart energy union laboratory jointly built with China’s Smart Energy Industry Technology Innovation Strategy Union, reports yicai, the online portal of Shanghai’s China Business News. The Smart Energy Industry Technology Innovation Strategy Union signed the strategic cooperation agreement with Intel at the first Intel energy solution summit last year.
Singapore plans to build an innovation hub to demonstrate emerging technologies that could improve the energy efficiency of data centres. The green data centre innovation hub will allow for experiments and showcase proof of concepts for the latest energy efficiency technologies. A request for proposal for the hub will go out by the third quarter of the year, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) said. The initiative is part of a Green Data Centre Innovation Programme to assess emerging technologies that could improve data centres’ energy performance.
Apple is investing in a new Chinese solar power project as part of a larger push to use sustainable resources internationally. The Apple solar investment is for a project with capacity of 40 megawatts, or enough to power 20 corporate offices and 20 retail stores in China and Hong Kong. The plant is being built in partnership with U.S.-based SunPower as well as four Chinese firms. Apple now uses renewable energy for 87 percent of its facilities worldwide and the company’s data center energy supply is100 percent renewable, making it aGreenpeace darling.
The City of Perth is lobbying for more powers to be delegated from the state of Western Australia, including procurement powers which will affect how it contracts for digital service delivery. In a recent report calling for a City of Perth Act – which would grant legal status to an expanded city area – the City Council presses for increased procurement flexibility.
NEXTDC is examining options to use the roof space of neighbouring buildings to run solar arrays in what would be a major expansion of its renewable energy strategy. Chief operating officer Simon Cooper told iTnews the data centre operator was considering its options to bring solar power to Sydney and Perth. Although both facilities enjoy more hours of sunlight than Melbourne, the buildings have considerably less roof space than M1 in Melbourne, which hosts a 401kW array on its roof.
During our business travels to Kuala Lumpur, we have frequently heard the phrase “let’s build a better Malaysia”. Having developed a great interest and admiration for this country, we were curious about the deeper meaning of the phrase and how it relates to our work on energy issues for IBM. Through discussions with everyday Malaysians in restaurants, taxi cabs, malls, and government agencies we have found three core principles that help define what ‘a better Malaysia’ actually means to her people.
Delta Electronics International (Singapore), a Singapore-based subsidiary of Taiwan-based power supply maker and energy management solution provider Delta Electronics, and Singapore-based Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) on January 14 jointly announced the official opening of a cooperative Delta-IBN Life Science and Diagnostics Lab at Biopolis, a biomedical research park in Singapore. IBN belongs to Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) established by the Singapore government.
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday called on state agencies to help lower electricity costs for consumers around the country and proposed a scheme to prevent landlords from gouging workers by fitting more rented rooms with their own meters. At the inauguration of the 338-megawatt Lower Stung Russey Chrum hydroelectric dam in Koh Kong province on Monday, Mr. Hun Sen asked state power provider Electricite du Cambodge (EdC), the Mines and Energy Ministry and the Phnom Penh municipal government to work together to ensure landlords are not charging workers inflated electricity rates.
The Philippines has published government contracts in the mining, oil and gas industries on its open data portal, data.gov.ph. These industries account for US$1.2 billion (PHP 52 billion) of government revenue, the Open Data Taskforce said. The government is committed to meeting international standards of transparency in revenue from extractive industries, it added.
Another batch of internal documents from the operator of South Korea’s nuclear power plants leaked to the Internet Tuesday. The leaks are a “serious situation” and a matter of national security, President Park Geun-hye said during a cabinet meeting. In a message posted at 3 p.m. Korea Time under Twitter ID @John_kdfifj1029, the anonymous attacker warned Korean citizens to stay away from nuclear reactors, and mocked a cybersecurity drill organized Monday by Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co., the power plant operator.
South Korea’s nuclear power operator said on Sunday that cyber attacks on non-critical operations at the company’s headquarters are still continuing, a week after executives revealed that the organisation’s systems had been hit. The Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co said on Monday last week that its internal systems had been hacked but only non-critical data had been stolen, and operations were not at risk.
A Ministry of Industry and Trade’s (MOIT) report showed that 50 windpower projects have been registered over the last three years with the total designed capacity of 4,876 MW. However, only three wind power plants are operational, Binh Thuan, Phu Quy and Bac Lieu. The high investment rate and the low selling price cannot persuade investors to inject money into the sector. It is estimated that a wind power plant using US or European technologies which can satisfy IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) standards would have an initial cost of $2,250 per kw and production cost of 10.68 cent per kwh.
Indonesia’s civil service management is still undergoing “radical” change to make the government more transparent and accountable, following changes that started in 2009, the National Civil Service Agency has told FutureGov. The government implemented a policy five years ago to make the whole process of government more transparent and accountable, and increase public participation, which Bima Haria Wibisana (pictured), Vice Chairman of the agency discussed in a recent interview.
Several days after the 123 Agreement on the US-Vietnam civil nuclear cooperation took effect on October 3, the cooperation agreement between the Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute (VINATOM) and Lightbridge Corporation was signed as a first step in the implementation. The agreement was signed by VINATOM’s director Tran Chi Thanh and Jonathan Baggett, Vice CEO of Lightbridge Corporation, in Hanoi on October 17. Local newspapers commented that the agreement showed significant improvement in the strategic relations between Vietnam and the US.
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has been recognised for its efforts to improve the sustainability of G2C communications, winning big in the Asia Pacific’s largest government modernisation awards process for its ‘OneInbox’ project. OneInbox is a secure digital mailbox service that allows individuals to receive, view, file and track electronic letters such as notices or statements from government agencies in one portal rather than having to log into multiple web sites. It is a government initiative under the eGov2015 masterplan to improve public service delivery to citizens.
How do we produce more clean energy? Cloud computing could be a help. Bharat Light and Power (BLP), one of India’s largest clean energy companies, is combining cloud computing, analytics, mobile and social technologies to increase its green power capacity and transform how it operates. BLP wants to use the cloud to generate more renewable energy, improve efficiency and help rein in the growth of greenhouse gases.
SINGAPORE: Scientists at Nanyang Technology University (NTU) have developed ultra-fast charging batteries that can be recharged up to 70 per cent in two minutes, and have a lifespan of more than 20 years – 10 times more than existing lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will have a “wide-ranging impact” on all industries, especially for electric vehicles, where consumers are put off by long recharge times and limited battery life, said NTU in a media release issued on Monday (Oct 13).