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Smart Grid

Tampering scandal hits Malta’s smart-grid ambitions

Malta’s smart-grid ambitions are taking a hit in light of an emerging scandal over what appears to be systematic tampering with smart meters. The Malta Independent today reported that a ninth employee of the Enemalta utility has been suspended on suspicions of meter tampering. The first eight employees were suspended last week. Malta began planning …

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Big ‘liquid batteries’ could mean a better, cleaner grid

“Liquid batteries” could provide the answer to the large-scale energy storage challenges of a smarter, cleaner electricity grid. A grid-scale switch to cleaner power such as wind or solar would require some form of energy storage to ensure the lights stay on even when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. However, using …

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Oslo’s 65,000 streetlights to get an IQ upgrade

The streetlights in Norway’s capital city are on track to become a whole lot smarter, with networked controls that will enable targeted dimming to conserve energy, automatic switching and easier identification of problems and failures. The improvements were set in motion when Oslo officials approved a contract with the French firm CITELUM, which plans to …

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International Battery to supply storage for Swedish utility

Allentown, Pennsylvania-based International Battery will supply its lithium-ion phosphate batteries for an energy storage system being developed by ABB for a Swedish utility. The energy storage system will be part of the power distribution network for Falbygdens Energi AB, a subsidiary of Göteborg Energi AB. ABB’s grid-tied distributed energy storage system will use International Battery’s …

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