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IEEE and DKE host workshop in Offenbach, Germany as well as joining forces with other organizations to explore smart grid technologies and applications enabled through globally relevant standards.

IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) announced yesterday the “STANDARDIZATION: LIVING IN THE SMART CITIES OF THE FUTURE eWork, eMobility and Connecting to Smart Grids” workshop co-hosted with DKE German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of DIN and VDE.

This exclusive event sees DKE and IEEE-SA are partnering for the first time to provide practical information on home networking, next generation mobility, smart cities, and their integration with smart grids.

The agenda features a cross-section of experts from DKE and IEEE-SA:

        -  Keynote
           Dr. Bernhard Thies, Chairman of the Board of Directors, DKE
           Secretary of the German National Committee of IEC and CENELEC.
        -  Introduction of IEEE-SA and its Smart City Activities
           Building consensus across many technologies.
           Dr. John Kulick, Senior Staff Consultant Corporate Standards and
           Siemens Corporate Technology, Siemens Corporation
           Vice-Chair, IEEE-SA Standards Board
           Trends in home networking and Smart Grid powerline communication
           Oleg Logvinov, Director Market Development, Industrial & Power
           Conversion Division, STMicroelectronics
           Member IEEE-SA
        -  Introduction of DKE and its Smart City Activities
           Smart Grid meets Smart Building - how standards can help to bridge
           the gap
           Dr. Rolf Apel, Manager Technology and Innovation, Siemens AG.
        -  IEEE-SA and DKE Perspectives on Next Generation Mobility and the
           eMobility: standards and technology - trends, issues, and the future
           impact of electric vehicles
           Paul Bishop, President & Chief Engineer, The Bishop Group.
           Chair, IEEE P2030.1(TM) Working Group.
           Standard Proposal for Resonant Inductive Charging of Electric
           Samuel Kiefer, CEO, Kiefermedia GmbH.

The workshop also features an interactive panel discussion and a tour of the new VDE Battery Test Center, which is included in the registration fee.

The DKE/IEEE-SA workshop will be held on 10th July 2012 at the Sheraton Offenbach Hotel, in Offenbach, Germany. For additional information and to register for the event visit: http://conference.vde.com/ieee-dke/Pages/LIVINGINTHESMARTCITIESOFTHEFUTURE.aspx

Northeast Group report – smart grids in the Middle East and North African region

Smart grid regulatory frameworks are still in the early stages of development, however, progress is being made and governments are beginning to invest in the technologies necessary to make their grids smarter. This is because they realise that they must incentivise energy conservation. Smart grid technologies will be a feature of infrastructure investments over the next decades in the Gulf, led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, states a report by Northeast Group.

Northeast Group has projected that the Middle East and North African region could save between $300 million and $1 billion per year if they start using smart grids in an efficient way. Smart grids grant the region the opportunity to incorporate renewable energy sources, cope with the rising demand and reduce energy losses on the network.

The MENA countries are already investing in renewable energy sources. A perfect example is Saudi Arabia’s recent announcement that they are willing to spend $109 billion to develop 41 GW of solar capacity over the next 20 years. Smart grids can help these countries to connect the renewable energy sources more easily to the grid.

The report by Northeast Group also predicts the smart metering market to rise to 16.1 million units by 2022. The Gulf will see the majority of near-term activity, with 86% of homes having smart meters by 2022. Currently, the UAE leads the smart meter market in the MENA region with Abu Dhabi already undertaking smart grid strategies and Masdar city being praised as a ‘pioneer’ for smart and other environmentally sustainable technologies.

Europe’s Smart City Initiative

Last year, Europe has set up an Initiative on Smart Cities. The Initiative fosters the dissemination throughout Europe of the most efficient models and strategies to progress towards a low carbon future. European countries should be progressing towards the energy and climate objectives at a local level while maintaining or improving the quality of live. Investments in energy efficiency and reduction of carbon emission can be used to improve local economies.

The Initiative wants a 40% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 (with start year 1990), which is very ambitious. This reductions can be obtained by using and producing sustainable energy. The Initiative will support cities and regions in creating a systematic approach and organizational innovation to encompass energy efficiency, low carbon technologies and the smart management of supply and demand. The main components of the Initiative is the measures of buildings, local energy networks and transport. Local authorities have to propose and implement holistic problem-solving approaches that use appropriate technology and policy measures.

Things that have to been done is for example the refurbishment of existing buildings so they use as less energy as possible while increasing performances and comfort. A good example of these sort of buildings are passive buildings, using vacuum insulation, windows, cool roofs,… New buildings have to be build with zero energy requirements or net zero carbon emissions.

In terms of energy, smart grids, smart meters, energy management systems, smart appliances and equipments can be used. And when thinking about transport, we think about sustainable mobility. Advanced smart public transport, intelligent traffic management and more encouragements to walk and cycle.

And all these objectives have to be turned into actions. The Initiative helps with this according to a city’s ambitions and the risk that’s involved. So ambitious cities could get funding for technical assistance to facilitate access to loans and risk sharing loans. And pioneer cities, taking much greater risks because they use radical technology and organizational transformations, could in addition receive grants to support the implementation of the proposed package of technologies and measures.

For more information about the Initiative, its objectives and the actions that will be taken: http://setis.ec.europa.eu/about-setis/technology-roadmap/european-initiative-on-smart-cities

Danish presidency dialogue on smart cities and renewable energy

Connie Hedegaard, European climate action commissioner, said that solutions to the economic crisis and green growth have to go hand in hand. She  spoke on Thursday at a Danish presidency dialogue on smart cities and green growth. The event aimed to discuss the potential of integrating private and public sectors, combining ICT, renewable energies and resources, while keeping in mind some of the barriers that prevent this from happening.

With holding this EU council presidency and Denmark already leading the way on renewable technologies, Europe gets a lot of opportunities to take big steps in changing the way energy is produced. Europe could reduce dependence on non-sustainable sources which could also mean reducing costs since Europe’s fuel import increases year-on-year.

Solutions for renewable energy should become part of the growth strategy of cities. We already have sustainable and renewable technologies but we need to use these better to meet the increasing demands for energy. Hedegaard thinks governments and political leaders need to be aware and appreciate that renewable energy can also lead to economic benefits since there is a growing demand for energy within cities. There is a potential to create jobs within ICT, health, green solutions and other industries.

Hedegaard also expressed that there is a need for European targets to guarantee that the EU and member states prove long term commitment to renewable energy. EU targets can properly focus attention on the energy problems.

Another statement came from Graham Watson, chair of Climate Parliament. He spoke of the many advantages of smart grids, which are self-monitoring digitalized electricity grids that can distribute electricity according to demand, cost, supply and many other conditions. These smart girds create a much more efficient system. He said that there is no excuse for cities not to become a smart city and he spoke of the importance of informing customers and citizens about the benefits of such systems.