How Smart Grid Works
Maybe you have heard of the Smart Grid on the news or from your energy provider. But not everyone knows what the grid is, let alone the Smart Grid. “The grid,” refers to the electric grid, a network of transmission lines, substations, transformers and more that deliver electricity from the power plant to your home or business. It’s what you plug into when you flip on your light switch or power up your computer.
Powerclove offers AI-based Smart Grid Management Solutions to Utility Companies.
A word from our CEO
At Powerclove we combine research with expertise and collaboration to provide economic, environmental and societal benefits. We want to share a collective vision with utility companies and end-use consumers all over the world to manage energy better. For utilities, this means streamlined operations, cost savings, and more reliable customer service. For consumers, this means a smaller environmental footprint, lower cost options, and ways to stay in control of their own energy usage. By harnessing the power of our industry-leading products and solutions, we can work together to create a smarter grid for the benefit of all.
– Tevfikcan Karanfil
Our mission is to provide economic, environmental and societal benefits through innovative and practical approaches to smart grid and energy issues.
Our vision is to ensure that energy is clean, affordable, reliable, efficient and safe for all people.
Why Invest in Smart Grid?
More efficient transmission of electricity
Quicker restoration of electricity after power disturbances
Reduced peak demand, which will also help lower electricity rates
Reduced operations and management costs for utilities, and ultimately lower power costs for consumers
Increased integration of large-scale renewable energy systems
Better integration of customer-owner power generation systems, including renewable energy systems
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Futuristic Control Panel
Mobile App for Consumers
Budget Monitoring: Consumers can monitor and control their budgets.
Automatic Bill Distribution: Digitally distribute the bills to consumers.
Theft Reporting: Encourage consumers to report power theft on the smart grid.
Chat with Consumers: Real-time chat with consumers to notify and communicate if needed.
Payments: Consumers can use a wide variety of digital payments.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
"What Makes a Grid “Smart?”
In short, the digital technology that allows for two-way communication between the utility and its customers, and the sensing along the transmission lines is what makes the grid smart. Like the Internet, the Smart Grid will consist of controls, computers, automation, and new technologies and equipment working together, but in this case, these technologies will work with the electrical grid to respond digitally to our quickly changing electric demand.
Is Smart Grid "The Future"?
Yes. The Smart Grid will consist of millions of pieces and parts—controls, computers, power lines, and new technologies and equipment. It will take some time for all the technologies to be perfected, equipment installed, and systems tested before it comes fully on line. And it won’t happen all at once—the Smart Grid is evolving, piece by piece, over the next decade or so. Once mature, the Smart Grid will likely bring the same kind of transformation that the Internet has already brought to the way we live, work, play, and learn.
How will the Smart Grid affect my home?
It won’t look very different, but behind the scenes a lot will be happening. Even right now, in many cities across the nation, new equipment, appliances, and software are available that use emerging Smart Grid technologies to save energy, seek out the lowest rates, and contribute to the smooth and efficient functioning of our electric grid.
A key element that allows all of the emerging Smart Grid technologies to function together is the interactive relationship between the grid operators, utilities, and you. Computerized controls in your home and appliances can be set up to respond to signals from your energy provider to minimize their energy use at times when the power grid is under stress from high demand, or even to shift some of their power use to times when power is available at a lower cost.
Can I Control My Energy Use?
Yes. The Smart Grid is not just about utilities and technologies; it is about giving you the information and tools you need to make choices about your energy use. If you already manage activities such as personal banking from your home computer, imagine managing your electricity in a similar way. A smarter grid will enable an unprecedented level of consumer participation. For example, you will no longer have to wait for your monthly statement to know how much electricity you use. With a smarter grid, you can have a clear and timely picture of it. “Smart meters,” and other mechanisms, will allow you to see how much electricity you use, when you use it, and its cost. Combined with real-time pricing, this will allow you to save money by using less power when electricity is most expensive. While the potential benefits of the Smart Grid are usually discussed in terms of economics, national security, and renewable energy goals, the Smart Grid has the potential to help you save money by helping you to manage your electricity use and choose the best times to purchase electricity. And you can save even more by generating your own power.
Do I Need Smart Meter?
Yes. Smart meters provide the Smart Grid interface between you and your energy provider. Installed in place of your old, mechanical meter, these meters operate digitally, and allow for automated and complex transfers of information between your home and your energy provider. For instance, smart meters will deliver signals from your energy provider that can help you cut your energy costs. Smart meters also provide utilities with greater information about how much electricity is being used throughout their service areas.
This energy information coming to and from your home through your smart meter can be run through a home energy management System (EMS), which will allow you to view it in an easy-to-understand format on your computer or hand-held device. A home EMS allows you to track your energy use in detail to better save energy. For instance, you can see the energy impact of various appliances and electronic products simply by monitoring your EMS while switching the devices on and off.
An EMS also allows you to monitor real-time information and price signals from your utility and create settings to automatically use power when prices are lowest. You can also choose settings that allow specific appliances and equipment to turn off automatically when a large demand threatens to cause an outage—avoiding peak demand rates, helping to balance the energy load in your area, and preventing blackouts. Your utility may provide financial incentives for doing so.