Date: February 27, 2013
Publication: FierceSmartGrid

Gregorio Cappuccino, IEEE smart grid technical expert: I'm often asked how I see energy storage fitting into the new smart grid paradigm and, possibly, the energy markets of tomorrow. Read more

Date: February 20, 2012
Publication: Renew Grid

The many benefits of distribution automation (DA) - visibility, fault detection and isolation, energy efficiency, and asset management - are creating a "second wave" of smart grid investments and integrations, following the widespread adoption of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). Currently, in fact, the business case for DA is better than for any other single system in the phased steps of grid modernization. Read more

Date: February 19, 2013
Publication: FierceSmartGrid

In this interview with FierceSmartGrid Editor Barbara Vergetis Lundin, Professor Saifur Rahman, founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech, discusses the concept of smart grid and how to grow public awareness and acceptance of it. Read more

Date: February 6, 2013
Publication: Fierce Smart Grid

In this interview with FierceSmartGrid Editor Barbara Vergetis Lundin, Sam Sciacca discusses how developments in grid modernization and wireless telecom networks have created new opportunities for both sectors. He also talks about how cyber security needs have affected power utilities. Read more.

Date: February 4 2013
Publication: The Energy Collective

Severe weather events are occurring more often with greater severity resulting in bigger and longer customer power outages. The destruction and associated power outages have caused many homeowners and business people to conclude that their electric utility may no longer be able to serve them when they need it the most. And what is their recourse? To own and operate their own backup generation. Read more

Date: February 1, 2013
Publication: Forbes

When prairies burn, they don’t die. Rives Taylor, an architect at the global design firm Gensler, calls this the “prairie rule” of survival, which he describes as a model for engineering resilient systems in a brilliant essay published by the Urban Land Institute last year. Read more.

Date: January 2013
Publication: Electric Light & Power

IEEE announced a new report it commissioned that details how energy storage, distributed generation and microgrid technologies stand to evolve given the rapid deployment of the smart grid across the globe in the next five years. Note: You must scroll down to read the article. Read more

IEEE SA, SAE International and DIN organizing International eMobility Standards Symposium for 18 February 2013 in Anaheim, Calif.

Shuang Yu, Senior Manager, Solutions Marketing
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PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 17 January 2013 - IEEE, the world's largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity, today announced that the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA) is collaborating with DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung e. V.), the German Institute for Standardization, and SAE International, the global body of engineers and technical professionals developing volunteer consensus standards for passenger cars, in organizing a new event to explore how standards are driving innovation in electric vehicles (EV) and charging infrastructure globally, lessons learned from the field of "electromobility" standards implementation and gaps where standards are needed to propel the EV market to its next stage of growth. The International eMobility Standards Symposium is scheduled to take place 18 February 2013 at the Hilton Anaheim (Calif.)

"The vehicle electrification will be successfully implemented only if consumer experience is repeatedly positive," said Jack Pokrzywa, director of global ground vehicle standards with SAE International. "Standards developed collaboratively across various sectors and regions will assist in creating that type of experience and will lay foundation for more advanced solutions of the future. A conference organized by three prominent standards-development organizations (SDOs) such as DIN, IEEE and SAE clearly enables and promotes that collaboration."

Rüdiger Marquardt, vice director, DIN, added: "The promise of electromobility is tremendous in terms of reducing society's dependency on fossil fuels and providing low-emission mobility in urban environments and beyond. The success of eMobility depends largely on international cross-sectoral and cross-border coordination in standards development. Uniform standards and specifications—for charging stations, billing systems, etc.—are needed so that EVs can be produced, sold and used across borders. Global standards will help ensure vehicle safety and data protection."

All three organizations—SAE International, DIN and the IEEE SA—already have made significant contributions in standards in areas such as EVs, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) communications, power and the smart grid.

SAE International develops standards to provide safer processes and practices for effective implementation of hybrid/electric vehicles. Over 25 SAE International Ground Vehicle electrification committees with 780 members have developed 64 standards and are currently focusing on continue development of standards in critical areas such as battery safety and vehicle-to-grid interoperability. As a leading SDO in the US National Roadmap for Smart Grid and "Interoperability Standards to Support Plug-In Electric Vehicles," SAE International works very closely with all domestic, but also international stakeholders, to help enable safe, reliable and effective global implementation of vehicle electrification technology based on universal and agreed standards.

DIN and its electromobility office, established in 2009, serves as a central and neutral contact point for all aspects of electromobility standardization, with the aim of introducing technical standardization within the international context at an early stage and, thus, sustainably strengthening the German economy. At present, with its committees for automotive and electrotechnical standardization, DIN contributes actively to more than 30 ISO and IEC standardization projects with direct focus on EVs. Beyond, DIN is strongly engaged in the continuous enhancement of international collaboration between all relevant organizations.

A leading global developer of smart grid standards, IEEE has more than 100 standards and standards in development spanning the whole smart grid spectrum, including many that are specifically related to electromobility. For example, IEEE P2030.1™ "Guide for Electric-Sourced Transportation Infrastructure" is being developed to establish a knowledge base addressing terminology, methods, equipment and planning requirements for road-based personal and mass transportation and its impacts on commercial and industrial systems such as for generation, transmission and distribution systems of electrical power.

"Consolidation around a global framework of broadly adopted standards would infuse eMobility with new momentum for market growth and technological innovation," said Edward Rashba, director, new business ventures, with the IEEE SA. "Our collaboration with DIN and SAE International in organizing the International eMobility Standards Symposium is intended to share intelligence on the existing landscape of standards and frame consensus around future needs."

The target audience for the International eMobility Standards Symposium spans original equipment manufacturer (OEM) design engineers; battery manufacturers; tier and component suppliers; product-design engineers for light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles; infrastructure suppliers (such as for charging stations); researchers; governments; utilities, and other SDOs. To participate, please visit the International eMobility Standards Symposium Web page.

The International eMobility Standards Symposium will take place the day before the SAE 2013 Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium, also at the Hilton Anaheim and now in its 10th year.

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About the IEEE Standards Association
The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized standards-setting body within IEEE, develops consensus standards through an open process that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community. IEEE standards set specifications and best practices based on current scientific and technological knowledge. The IEEE SA has a portfolio of over 900 active standards and more than 500 standards under development. For more information visit the IEEE SA Web site.

About IEEE
IEEE, a large, global technical professional organization, is dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. Learn more at the IEEE Web site.

Date: January 9, 2013
Publication: Fierce Smart Grid

There are so many business, technology and regulatory components to a smart grid implementation that any utility embarking on a smart grid deployment must have a vision in place to guide the effort.Read more

Improvements to ubiquitous IEEE 802.11™ standard provide new band (60 GHz) and greater speeds, creating foundation for broader usage including tri-band networking, wireless docking and streaming video

Shuang Yu, Senior Manager, Solutions Marketing
+1 732 981 3424; shuang.yu@ieee.org

2013 INTERNATIONAL CES, LAS VEGAS, USA, 8 January 2013 - IEEE, the world's largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity, today announced that the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Standards Board has approved the IEEE 802.11ad™-2012 amendment to provide data rates up to 7 Gbps, more than 10 times the maximum speed previously enabled within the IEEE 802.11™ standard. With the improvements introduced in IEEE 802.11ad, this amendment is a perfect complement to the existing IEEE 802.11 standard, acting as the foundation for tri-band networking, wireless docking, wired equivalent data transfer rates and uncompressed streaming video.

The IEEE 802.11ad specification adds a "fast session transfer" feature, which enables wireless devices to seamlessly transition between the 60 GHz frequency band and the legacy 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. The ability to imperceptively move between the bands ensures that computing devices are always "best connected," enabling them to operate with optimal performance and range criteria.

"IEEE 802.11 is undergoing a continuous process of refinement and innovation to address the evolving needs of the marketplace, and there is no better proof of that fact than IEEE 802.11ad," said Bruce Kraemer, chair of the IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Working Group. "By migrating up to the next ISM band (60 GHz), we break ground on new spectrum for IEEE 802.11, enable an order of magnitude improvement in performance and enable usages that have never before been possible with existing IEEE 802.11 — namely wireless docking and streaming video."

Through the vast improvements in spectral reuse at 60 GHz and an efficient beam forming technology, IEEE 802.11ad enables great improvements in capacity. Many users in a dense deployment can all maintain top-speed performance, without interfering with each other or having to share bandwidth as with the legacy frequency bands.

More than 300 individuals from equipment and silicon suppliers, service providers, systems integrators, consultant organizations and academic institutions from more than 20 countries participated in IEEE 802.11ad ratification. The global collaboration effort led to the successful completion of the standard 50 percent faster than the previous major PHY/MAC IEEE standard of this magnitude. The amendment was published in December 2012.

IEEE 802.11ad is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.

IEEE 802.11 defines the technology for the world’s premier wireless LAN (WLAN) products. IEEE 802.11-based products are often branded as "WiFi®" in the market. IEEE 802.11 standards underpin wireless networking applications around the world, such as wireless access to the Internet from offices, homes, airports, hotels, restaurants, trains and aircraft. IEEE 802.11's relevance continues to expand with the emergence of new applications, such as the smart grid, wireless docking and the "Internet of Things."

For more information, visit the IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Working Group Web page.

IEEE-SA will exhibit in IEEE Booth 30242 in South Hall 3 of the Las Vegas Convention Center during 2013 International CES in Las Vegas, 8-11 January.

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About the IEEE Standards Association
The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized standards-setting body within IEEE, develops consensus standards through an open process that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community. IEEE standards set specifications and best practices based on current scientific and technological knowledge. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of over 900 active standards and more than 500 standards under development. For more information visit the IEEE-SA Web site.

About IEEE
IEEE, a large, global technical professional organization, is dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. Learn more at the IEEE Web site.


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