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April 26, 2010

Mtg: The Smart Grid: A Convergence of IT, Communications and Power & Energy Technologies

by @ 4:06 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design

MONDAY May 17, 2010
SCV Circuits and Systems Chapter
Speaker: Claudio Lima, Managing Director, Sonoma Innovation
Time: Networking/Pizza Social at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: $2 donation for food
Place: QualComm, Building B, 3165 Kifer Road, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

The Smart Grid is emerging as a convergence of Information Technology (IT), Communications and Control technology with Power and Energy System Engineering. Today’s electricity grid is inefficient, where 8% of its output is lost along its transmission line and an over dimensioned generation capacity of 20% exists to meet peak demand that it’s used only 5% of the time. Also, the lack of real-time information and control of the critical processes and assets creates the domino-effect that is responsible for major blackouts and failures in the system, which accounts for billions of dollars in losses. The next generation electricity grid is a “smarter” grid, where pervasive and intelligent control devices and bi-directional and real-time communications systems are overlaid on existing electricity infrastructure to provide new energy services to the end customers and make the grid more secure, reliable and efficient.
The Smart Grid is also being considered as the next big “Internet of Things” as billions of pervasive and intelligent devices will be deployed and controlled at the customer premises and throughout the transmission and distribution networks. It’s estimated that each house will have at least six new intelligent devices, each with it’s own IP address. This “data explosion” will unleash new opportunities in IT, Software, Communications and Semiconductors development, creating the next big wave” of innovation for start-ups, VCs, and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.
The attendees will gain a broad perspective of the key Smart Grid concepts; the drivers, benefits and key challenges for deploying Smart Grid systems today. The talk introduces the Smart Grid building blocks, identifies the key elements of an End-to-End Smart Grid system, introduces the NIST Smart Grid standards roadmap and the Smart Grid Innovation Zones.

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