Menu

M2M FEATURE NEWS

ComEd Smart Grid Innovation Corridor Launched

By Vinti Vaid September 02, 2010

ComEd has launched the "ComEd Smart Grid Innovation Corridor," which is one among the broadest collections of Smart Grid pilots in the country.

The innovation corridor will assess the latest technology and implementation approaches. These assessments will target specific areas such as residential solar power, the company's first intelligent substation, distribution automation, and electric vehicle charging stations.

The ComEd Smart Grid Innovation Corridor will cover the communities of Bellwood, Berwyn, Broadview, Forest Park, Hillside, Maywood, Melrose Park, Oak Park, River Forest and the Humboldt Park neighbourhood in Chicago.

The Grid will build upon the information-rich Smart Meters that are currently installed in 130,000 residences within this area.

Anne Pramaggiore, president and chief operating officer, ComEd stated that their new innovation corridor could help them study a variety of advanced Smart Grid technologies individually and in relation to each other. She added that this would help them understand and learn the best and most cost-effective way to deliver value to their customers in addition to helping them manage their bills, and improve the reliability of the system.

ComEd will initiate five pilots this year which include the Photovoltaic Pilot which is a three-year project partially funded by a $5 million U.S. Department of Energy grant. The PV Pilot will examine the customer benefits of residential solar generation, hourly pricing signals, the ability to sell back unused solar electricity and the impact of changes in customer load on the ComEd grid.

Intelligent Substation are microprocessor-based controls and advanced digital devices that are being installed at a substation in Oak Park to create an "intelligent substation" featuring automated monitoring and analysis to improve reliability and streamline maintenance.

The Distribution Automation power-line restoration devices and smart isolation switches will be installed to create "self-healing" lines that can automatically correct disturbances and reduce outages.

With the Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure the next generation of electric vehicles will be assessed and smart-charging infrastructure will be installed to encourage development of a market for electric vehicles in Chicago.

The Dynamic Voltage Regulation will help reduce surplus voltage on distribution lines while maintaining high reliability.

Donnelly said that they were focused on exploring innovative Smart Grid approaches that promise significant benefits to customers, the electrical system, and the environment.


Vinti Vaid is a contributing editor for IoTevolutionworld. To read more of Vinti's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Juliana Kenny

IoTevolutionworld Contributor

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Related Articles

SoftBank Partners with Cradlepoint, Creates Japan's First 'Interprise' Network

By: Special Guest    7/27/2016

What makes this innovation important is that the connectivity extends across all fixed and mobile domains, including branch offices, mobile workers, c…

Read More

New Microchip Demo Platform Boasts Lowest Power BLE Sensor Node

By: Ken Briodagh    7/25/2016

Microchip Technology, a microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions provider, is claiming that it has the world's lowest-power Blueto…

Read More

Ingenu Announces Intellect IoT Platform

By: Ken Briodagh    7/20/2016

At the IoT Evolution Expo, IoT machine connectivity company Ingenu announced its brand new Intellect platform at the Battle of the Platforms.

Read More

Pitney Bowes Introduces SmartLink, Adds Cloud

By: Ken Briodagh    7/20/2016

Pitney Bowes, a global technology company that's made major moves into IoT this year, has announced the launch of the SmartLink device, a solution des…

Read More

Act Locally, Think Globally: A Practical Way to Look at IoT Opportunities in Retail

By: Special Guest    7/19/2016

Last week at the IoT Evolution Conference we caught up with Andy Asava, founder and CEO, Qualesce, a software development and systems integration comp…

Read More