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Case Study: Energy storage provides back-up supplies

The "virtual power plant" is a flexible system in which small-scale, distributed energy sources are pooled and operated as a single power installation.

In Munich, Germany, this system has brought together 8MW in distributed cogenerating stations, together with 12MW in renewable hydroelectric and wind power plants. A Distributed Energy Management System allows these decentralized generation facilities to be operated as a single system, or independently to serve local networks as required.

The system helps to regulate variable supplies of power from individual renewable sources and promotes more efficient use of decentralized energy. Flexibility and diversity of supply help to avoid supply disruptions.

  • Case Study: Responsive building management systems maintain occupant health and comfort

    Building Management Systems can be calibrated to work in response

  • Case Study: Holistic system design secures information flows and communications

    The Safe Host SA data center in Geneva, Switzerland, incorporates a range of data center infrastructure services that promote service reliability and data security

  • Case Study: 3D simulation of human behavior enables advanced evacuation planning

    The behavior of building occupants during an emergency can be modeled prior to an event, using advanced 3D simulation software

  • Case Study: Building Mass Notification Systems coordinate human reactions to hazards

    Mass Notification Systems (MNS) deliver targeted messages to advise building occupants during a crisis

  • Case Study: Sophisticated fire safety systems enable rapid isolation of incidents and evacuation of occupants

    Taipei 101, a 101 story tower in Taiwan, sees 40,000 people pass through its doors each day. Fire prevention and emergency reaction plans have been paramount since the start of construction in 2000

  • Case Study: Secondary power supplies ensure continuity of services

    Normally, the London Underground operates using grid supplied electricity

  • Case Study: Sensitive network controls increase carrying capacity

    Communications-based rail signaling systems can increase passenger capacity on the rail network and improve operating efficiency by reducing the time between successive trains

  • Case Study: Real time system monitoring and communications enable rapid recovery

    In times of crisis, coordination of transportation is essential

  • Case Study: Automated system controls facilitate traffic flows

    Vehicle-to-Infrastructure communications have been developed as a pilot project in Harris County (Houston metropolitan area), Texas, in response to the chaotic evacuation of the county during Hurricane Ike (2008)

  • Case Study: Continuous asset monitoring avoids damage to fixed infrastructure

    The new two mile (three kilometer) suspension bridge between Istanbul and Izmir, Turkey, will be fitted with a state-of-the-art traffic control system, monitoring technology, communication and camera equipment, which is designed to guide traffic management and monitor the stability of the bridge

  • Case Study: Microgrid infrastructure protects neighborhoods from power failure

    Microgrids are small, independent electricity or heat grids that distribute locally generated energy to nearby customers

  • Case Study: Remote monitoring and control enables rapid response to system failure

    India’s economic growth has led to demand for electricity greatly exceeding supply. The country experiences daily power outages and faces a growing risk of major power cuts

  • Case Study: Flexible integration of decentralized energy improves efficiency and resilience

    The "virtual power plant" is a flexible system in which small-scale, distributed energy sources are pooled and operated as a single power installation

  • Case Study: Energy storage provides back-up supplies

    The "virtual power plant" is a flexible system in which small-scale, distributed energy sources are pooled and operated as a single power installation

  • Case Study: Decentralized wastewater treatment manages wastewater flexibly

    The Food Chain Reactor (FCR) solution for urban wastewater management combines conventional treatment methods with biological treatment provided by the roots of 2,000-3,000 plant species, thereby treating water to high quality standards

  • Case Study: Redundant infrastructure provides alternative pathways for water supply and removal

    In the event of drinking water supply outages, it may be possible to compensate for partial system failures without relying on an alternative water source

  • Case Study: Automated leak detection alerts asset managers about water losses

    Leak detection sensors alert utilities to faults and failures along distribution pipelines or in water storage facilities, enabling rapid action to reduce loss of vital drinking water supplies

  • Case Study: Automation and remote controls improve reliability of drinking water distribution

    The growing population of the São Paulo metropolitan region in Brazil requires an ever increasing supply of water

  • Case Study: Continuous asset monitoring avoids risks from infrastructure failure

    Engineered flood defenses are highly effective in designed-for flood events, but the impact of peak flood levels can be severely worsened if dams fail