Kerlink and ZENNER create new network for Netze BW
According to reports, Netze, which is the largest distribution network for gas, electricity and water in Baden-Württemberg, southwest Germany, will be receiving the single largest LoRaWAN deployment in the nation, featuring approximately 3,000 gateways.
LoRaWAN (or low-power wide area network) technology is a system which integrates a large number of small devices with wireless internet connections into a network, which can subsequently be organised in complex layers of interaction.
Kerlink’s thorough experience of setting up LoRaWAN IoT networks includes more than 120,000 installations across 69 countries, whilst ZENNER is a fast-growing innovator in the usage of IoT to drive digitalisation and develop tech strategies.
The digitisation of electricity, gas and water services will have benefits for utility companies and consumers, as better monitoring of resources and equipment through IoT devices will drive efficiencies and allow the transmission process to be optimised.
"This major deployment in Baden-Württemberg demonstrates the excellent scalability, flexibility, and robustness of LoRaWAN networks, and the reliability of Kerlink LoRaWAN gateways," said Dr. Gerald Troppenz, Business Development Manager at ZENNER.
"Kerlink's flexible configurations simplified making its carrier-grade hardware compatible with our ELEMENT-IoT platform - a comprehensive middleware for device, network, data, and user management."
Etienne Ghidossi, key account manager at Kerlink, expressed similar excitement over the new project, emphasising the quality technology that the partnership would bring.
"Leveraging its strong field experience with equipment deployed in demanding environments, Kerlink offers carrier-grade gateways designed for enhanced radio performance, especially in ultra-dense 3G/4G cellular settings, such as urban areas.
"This partnership with ZENNER IoT Solutions is an important expansion of Kerlink's business in Germany and demonstrates once again the best-in-class quality of our products for industrial-grade private IoT networks,” she said.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.