Electricity delivery network modernized using the latest digital/information technologies to increase connectivity, automation, and coordination between power suppliers, devices, consumers, and networks.

In principle, the smart grid is a simple upgrade of 20th century power grids, which generally "broadcasts" power from a few central power generators to a large number of users. A smart grid routs power in more optimal ways via enhanced bi-directional data communications. It marries clean power, electric vehicles, advanced meters, and power storage into a seamless network, modernizing thousands of miles of outdated power lines and allowing for more efficient energy use.

This includes a wide range of products utility companies use to monitor and manage their infrastructure, and an array of devices and control systems that permit commercial and residential customers to optimize energy usage. For the grid to be “smart”, it must be able to manage itself in order to communicate with any device over any protocol to anticipate problems before they occur, and make fast, localized, autonomous decisions. To get there, the grid needs intelligent, distributed control. It needs an energy control network.
Key Defining Dunctions of the Smart Grid
• 2-way communication connects utilities to smart devices.
• Better, accurate, and timely information to users, enabling energy consumption     
behavior modification.
• Operates all forms of energy generation (incl. solar, wind…) and storage options.
• Enables new products, services, and markets.
• Optimizes assets and operates efficiently.
• Anticipates and responds to system disturbances in a self-healing manner.
• Operates resiliently against physical and cyber attacks and natural disasters.
• Provides power for the range of needs in a digital economy.
Smart Grid Network Infrastructure
The SOLARA Smart Control System automates the process of energy demand management.
The SOLARA smart control & monitoring system fully integrates induction lamps with additional energy-saving functions such as dimming, photocell, and infrared sensor. This system can be customized for both indoor and outdoor application. It offers smart energy management, equipment monitoring, and maintenance detection in one integrated turnkey solution to easily achieve the objectives of reducing energy consumption, operating costs, and CO2 emissions.

Specifically for streetlight application, AMKO SOLARA co-developed its smart streetlight control system with Echelon, a leading technology provider in control and energy management applications. Leveraging Echelon's LonWorks platform and integrating with Streetlight Vision software, AMKO SOLARA's turnkey solution provides cities with real-time lamp control and monitoring. Based on weather, road conditions, and time of day, AMKO's induction streetlights can be programmed to adjust wattage output and optimize energy usage. This system has been installed in over 300 projects in over 100 cities in Europe and has become the technology standard in those markets. In addition to an immediate energy saving of 75%, the ROI is even more compelling when accounting for reduced maintenance, operating cost, and down time.


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