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lcovey
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re: Electronica: Smart grid will save us, say CEOs
lcovey   11/30/2012 9:09:36 PM
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A true smart grid will be virtually impregnable to intended interruption. The current east and west grids are much more vulnerable. Only Texas' grid is relatively safe. Smart grids employ alternative generation, connecting electric cars and battery arrays in non-localized areas. It's the next great technological challenge, on par with the moon landing.

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re: Electronica: Smart grid will save us, say CEOs
Kresearch   11/23/2012 12:25:45 PM
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I am looking forward to seeing Smart Grid IC been used in Home electronics in next 5 years. It might help us optimizing power usage. If it is integrated with " Internet of Thing", you might even control it through you "App" in smartphone. There are some key IPs needed-like embedded memory, MCU and power line communication besides power management circuits. Demand might boom up soon.

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re: Electronica: Smart grid will save us, say CEOs
Peter Clarke   11/23/2012 11:45:25 AM
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In this context "us" is semiconductor companies and electronics industry. My understanding is that smart-grid will allow more efficient distribution of electricity thereby meaning less power stations have to be built to cope with increasing demand. In other words smart grid means the cost of electricity could increase by less than it otherwise would. BUT it will probably still go up in price!!!

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re: Electronica: Smart grid will save us, say CEOs
elektryk   11/23/2012 10:33:20 AM
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Who is "us"? From this article I have a feling that "Smart Grids" are goldmines for semiconductor suppliers and energetic sector. End customers (even high volumes like factories) will just be charged for this needless feature. Can anyone say what is benefit of "Smart Grid" for end customer? Currently used digital power meters has already multiple features like those promised with "Smart Grids" but not enabled or hidden from end customer. For me it is just a good occasion to extort money from people.

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re: Electronica: Smart grid will save us, say CEOs
nicolas.mokhoff   11/15/2012 8:59:47 PM
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A report addresses a "grid attack" by terrorits: http://www.govtech.com/Study-Terrorist-Attacks-Could-Devastate-Power-Grid.html Seems there's lots of work opportunities to design reliable, secure, and lightweight power transmission systems and power transformers.

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re: Electronica: Smart grid will save us, say CEOs
nicolas.mokhoff   11/15/2012 8:55:55 PM
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A report addresses a "grid attack" by terrorists: http://www.govtech.com/Study-Terrorist-Attacks-Could-Devastate-Power-Grid.html. Seems there's lots of work opportunities to design reliable, secure, and lightweight power transmission systems and power transformers.

nicolas.mokhoff
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re: Electronica: Smart grid will save us, say CEOs
nicolas.mokhoff   11/15/2012 8:53:04 PM
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A report addresses a "grid attack" by terrorits: http://www.govtech.com/Study-Terrorist-Attacks-Could-Devastate-Power-Grid.html. Seems there's lots of work opportunities to design reliable, secure, and lightweight power transmission systems and power transformers.

The MicroMan
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re: Electronica: Smart grid will save us, say CEOs
The MicroMan   11/14/2012 9:18:35 PM
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Storms, tsunamis, floods, earthquakes, and the occasional limb on a power line will continue to disrupt power grids. Matching supply to loads, conserving energy, and keeping costs low will continue to be a struggle. A Smart Grid will help in these areas, and should speed repairs after the failures, but today the biggest evidence of a Smart Grid is a Smart Meter bolted to homes with uncertain access or interest by the homeowner. There is still a long way to go before our grid is significantly improved. On the other hand, where I work the power is only disrupted maybe once a year.

SylvieBarak
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re: Electronica: Smart grid will save us, say CEOs
SylvieBarak   11/13/2012 6:50:40 PM
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Or it could be the death of us, if compromised by a coordinated cyber attack.... you never know!



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