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Energy storage can improve the delivery of smart energy solutions in smart cities, according to Navigant Research

By Zenobia Hegde

A new report from Navigant Research examines the relationship between energy storage and smart cities, providing an overview of relevant applications as well as drivers and barriers.

Smart energy technologies are increasingly expected to help address the sustainability needs of smart cities to reduce carbon-intensive peak energy use and to develop resilient energy systems.

“Smart energy technologies such as energy storage will increasingly be called on to address the sustainability needs of the urban energy transformation now underway,” says William Tokash, senior research analyst at Navigant Research. “Specifically, energy storage is now poised to support the delivery of low carbon DER to reduce peak energy use and improve the resilience capabilities of urban landscapes by enhancing access to reliable electricity supply.”

According to the report, energy storage has experienced significant growth in the past 2 years due in part to its unique ability to support the deployment of flexible energy capacity. The emergence of energy storage’s ability to make DER more flexible, less carbon-intensive, and more resilient is redefining how smart energy solutions can support the sustainability needs of an integrated smart city technology and solutions platform.

The report, Smart Cities and Energy Storage, examines the role energy storage can play in smart cities and how smart cities can drive the deployment of energy storage. The study provides an overview of energy storage applications within smart cities, including drivers and barriers for energy storage, and discusses how energy storage works within an integrated energy as a service framework. It also analyses the role of energy storage in the delivery of low carbon peak energy and improving resilience.

An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

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FreeWave and Baud Telecom to Roll Out WavePro Installation With Saudi Electricity Company

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FreeWave Technologies, a leader in industrial, secure Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) wireless networking solutions, announced a strategic partnership with Baud Telecom Company, one of the largest integrated ICT solution providers in the Middle East. FreeWave and Baud Telecom Company have recently combined their expertise to deliver an extremely rugged, yet flexible, industrial IoT networking solution for Saudi Electric Company (SEC). SEC was the first customer to certify and deploy FreeWave’s new WavePro (WP201) shorthaul Point- to-Point and Wi-Fi hotspot platform. Installed since October 2015 with 100 percent uptime, WavePro provides SEC with an outdoor self-healing network at a remote power plant, enabling the secure collection, control and transport of Voice, Video, Data and Sensor data (VVDS).

“Our customers demand that we deliver the best ICT solutions and services available, and therefore we must be highly selective in the partnerships we create,” explained Omar Al Charif, Telecom Business Unit Manager for BTC. “After rigorous review of many alternatives, we are excited to partner with a reputable industrial IoT communication technology partner such as FreeWave, and are confident that we’ll be able bring the value, high performance, security and reliability that our customers expect.”

The first project for Baud Telecom Company and FreeWave was to provide SEC, the premier power provider in the Gulf, with reliable and secure IoT networking at a remote power plant site in the desert. With constant sand blasts and temperatures rising to 65 degrees Centigrade (145 degrees Fahrenheit), the need to deploy extremely rugged field systems is a must. Additionally, the significant amount of metal located at the power plant made it even more difficult for radio frequency (RF) based communications to work effectively. Despite these challenges, BTC and FreeWave were able to successfully and rapidly deploy a WavePro network to solve the following industrial IoT applications:

  • Self-healing Wi-Fi mesh network over the power plant
  • Voice over IP (VoIP) communications
  • Security camera control and video transport back to a central monitoring center
  • SCADA networking for monitoring the inbound water quality for cooling applications
  • AMI backhaul networking to help manage energy consumption within the smart grid
  • Wi-Fi hotspot for the residents of the neighboring village

Abdul Aziz Al Sultan, telecom engineering and substation automation department manager at SEC/NG SA, said: “We require a robust solution for time-critical applications. With FreeWave WavePro, we are confident that we have found a reliable and flexible platform that can be deployed quickly and cost-effectively integrated into our network.”

By incorporating dual-band, concurrently operational radios (2.4GHz and 5GHz) into an IP67 enclosure, WavePro brings industrial-grade communications to the harshest of environments without fail. It’s an ideal field area network solution for oil and gas, utilities, mining, power plants, municipalities, disaster recovery and many other industrial applications. WavePro is also a global solution, homologating in a number of countries beyond the USA including Canada, LATAM, the Middle East, the Far East and Europe.

“Being able to partner with the premier systems integrator in the Middle East is a significant step forward for FreeWave,” said Kim Niederman, CEO of FreeWave. “We are thrilled for the opportunity to work with Baud Telecom Company and its customers, as we strive to help solve the most complex and demanding industrial IoT networking applications in the world.”

For more information, please visit www.freewave.com.

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