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September 6, 2017

The Making of a Grid MVP

by Vince Martinelli

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To a sports fan, MVP means Most Valuable Player, like Stephen Curry in basketball, Cristiano Ronaldo in soccer or Tom Brady in American football. But in the lexicon favored in technology product management circles, MVP means “minimum viable product.” I find this contrast interesting.

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August 29,2017

Eclipse Performance Test

by Allan Gonzaga

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In a case of the real world mimicking a test lab, the sun and moon collaborated to show just how well Gridco Systems In-line Power Regulators™(IPRs) maintain voltage in neighborhoods with significant levels of rooftop solar PV power generation. Some of our devices are installed at distribution transformers that happen to be located near the solar eclipse path of totality as it passed over the US on August 21, 2017. And of those, some help resolve high-voltage concerns that can be caused when PV generation is high and the local load is low, such as in the middle of the day when people are often away from their homes. This is exactly when the eclipse passed through the Northern Rocky Mountains.

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August 2, 2017

August 22, 2017

Safer by Design

by Tim Figura

 

Recently, I attended a conference where a manufacturer of electro-mechanical distribution voltage regulators for medium-voltage lines was giving an in-depth presentation on their products. I was surprised to see how many slides focused on operating and troubleshooting the equipment safely. They documented the various ways that it can fail and showed pictures to highlight what can happen if a step is skipped in the process of taking the unit out of service.

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August 2, 2017

The X Series Arrives

 

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Gridco Systems® is pleased to introduce the new X Series In-line Power Regulator™ (IPR) product family, based on our 2nd-generation Voltage Regulation Platform, and available now.  The X Series of products handle more power than our 1st-generation platform, while regulating continuously over a broad dynamic range. This extended capacity means that this first neighborhood-scale system can be deployed and provide “perfect power” at as many as 60–80% of service transformer locations in the US. The ability to ride through both extended and brief neighborhood energy demand spikes simplifies the job of siting and planning for utilities, reducing operating expense

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March 26, 2017

3 Reasons Why 2 Words are Key to an Agile Distribution Grid

by Vince Martinelli

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The world of electrical energy delivery is changing. Customer-led disruption is the driver. But technology is also playing a role. One technology, in particular, is core to this evolution and is inexorably migrating from behind the customer meter into the distribution grid itself. Remember these two words: power electronics.

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February 26, 2017

Grid Gold Rush: McKinsey’s $1T projection means now is the time for the agile distribution grid

by Vince Martinelli

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McKinsey Global Institute’s latest report projects customer led disruption will liberate on the order of $1 trillion in annual savings globally in 2035 by electrifying transportation, improving efficiency and increasing renewables as a fraction of the world’s energy mix. That really shouldn’t come as a surprise since consumers worldwide are driving change in how electric utilities are regulated, what services they will offer and how they will be compensated.

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February 19, 2017

All Electrons Are Created Equal

by Naimish Patel

In my last post, I talked about how the role of the electric utility is rapidly changing and corresponding regulatory compacts evolving. With a new administration in the White House, many have become apprehensive of regulatory change coming to another utility we rely on daily — the Internet.

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February 12, 2017

Going off the Grid

by Naimish Patel

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A week after the industry’s biggest conference, DistribuTECH, I was surprised to see the Utility Death Spiral conversation resurfacing. For those not familiar, you can read the original Edison report or William Pentland’s piece for Forbes where he framed it as myth that did not stand up to closer inspection.

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February 5, 2017

72 hours with 13,500 minds focused on modernizing the world's electric power distribution grids

by Vince Martinelli

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Understanding a system in motion is never easy. You may not recognize the name Eadweard Muybridge, but it’s likely you are familiar with his photographic study which revealed that a galloping horse is fully airborne at times — a highly dubious conjecture at best prior to his groundbreaking study. Others have been fascinated with motion and what can be learned from studying a snapshot. This past week DistribuTECH (DTECH) took place in San Diego steps from the historic Gaslamp Quarter. DTECH is to the electric transmission and distribution industry what the Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) is to the automotive industry.

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January 28, 2017

A Pearl Reborn

by Naimish Patel

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Consumer-led disruptions are unstoppable. We have seen them at work in the Internet. We are seeing them at work in healthcare — personalized medicine is fueling innovation in genomics and proteomics, creating new direct-to-consumer markets, and new technology leaders in the process. We are seeing the same in energy — the beginning of a global renaissance in energy services and grid infrastructure.

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