Smart Cities

The Story Of The Humble Substation Is The Story Of Our Future Energy System

The Harmonization of the Grid & Buildings Markets has begun! States our recent report entitled Smart Buildings Meet the Smart Grid. Referring to recent developments in smart grids, distributed energy and their synchronization with smart buildings. As these worlds come together, a forest of skyscrapers looks over a sea of power stations, only separated by the beach of transmission and distribution. Like a small hut on that beach the humble sub-station sits whispering, “I’ve actually been smart for some time.” In the period after World War II, transmission systems experienced an unparalleled growth phase in reaction to a rising demand for electricity. Forward thinkers in the power sector saw a need for new technologies to play a much more significant role in how the grid was controlled and managed. The industry installed supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and then remote terminal units (RTUs) were introduced. These were followed by the introduction of micro-processor-based relays […]

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