Energy \ Smart Grid

At the core of smarter energy usage must be a way to control home devices in addition to smart vehicles. Pathway excels at such automation devices as well as necessary algorithms.

Today most of the consumed energy comes from contaminant sources. The population explosion in the last century increased the pressure on these sources of energy especially from emerging economies. The increasing burden on these resources is progressively affecting the environment as well, since every major industry process in the world is a consumer of energy and producer of contaminants. Looking at rapid developments in technology in just the past decade, we realize our appetite for energy will not reduce by any means. The need to reconcile this rising demand for energy and the conservation of the environment is approaching the world at a rate that is increasing by the day. Smart energy incorporates the use of clean and renewable energy sources, novel solutions for improving efficiency/distribution and products/services to manage resources on the customer side; aimed primarily at mitigating the impact of this crisis on the quality of our life and the environment in general.

Smart Grid

Pathway Technologies Provides Solutions

Electrification, made possible by the existing grid, is the most significant engineering achievement of this century; it is essential to the economy, security and the hundreds of millions of people it serves on a daily basis. Little has changed in the grid since its inception, in fact, in comparison the leaping technological advances in other industries one could go as far as saying the current grid is almost ancient. We have taken this technological marvel for granted for too long and the increasing demand for power in recent times has begun overburdening the grid and resultant failures pose a reasonable risk. Modern civilization demands a smarter grid that goes further than the conventional mission of just keeping the lights on. The vision for the future - a smart grid - encompasses the following features

  • Energy Efficiency/Reliability
  • Environmental Impacts/Climate Change
  • Customer Choice
  • Security
  • Global Competitiveness

Pathway Technologies Provides Solutions The DOE report on the Smart Grid describes the transformation as being a move from a centralized, producer-controlled network to one that is less centralized and more consumer-interactive. The move to a smarter grid promises to change the industry's entire business model and its relationship with all stakeholders, involving and affecting utilities, regulators, energy service providers, technology and automation vendors and all consumers of electric power. A smart grid employs innovative products and services together with intelligent monitoring, control, communication, and self-healing technologies in order to:

  • Better facilitate the connection and operation of generators of all sizes and technologies;
  • Allow consumers to play a part in optimising the operation of the system;
  • Provide consumers with greater information and options for choice of supply;
  • Significantly reduce the environmental impact of the whole electricity supply system;
  • Maintain or even improve the existing high levels of system reliability, quality and security of supply;
  • Maintain and improve the existing services efficiently

Smart Household Devices and Smart Meters

Pathway Technologies Provides Solutions An advanced metering system increases the involvement of the customer in the delivery process in addition to allowing them to make intelligence choices regarding usage of appliances. This would involve not only intelligent pricing schemes but also sending this pricing information to household appliances. These devices would process this information and make intelligent decisions based on usage and act accordingly. As a result the house or the office would react to meet the needs of the occupants rather than vice versa. This would also increase situational awareness amongst the consumers, for example knowing how much each device consumes to help them make better decisions regarding the same in the future. This would result in dramatic savings on energy that would have otherwise been consumed unnecessarily.

Smart Vehicles

Consumers stand to get far more affordable transportation with the use of hybrid plug-in vehicles. Relying on electricity for transportation rather than fossil fuels has a significant environmental impact as well. A smarter grid is also necessary to meet the needs of a whole generation of smart vehicles; the DOE report on smart energy cites a study saying that it could meet the needs of 73% of the nation's light vehicles, if they could be plugged in at night. This would reduce oil consumption by about 52%. Without a smarter grid in place to meet the needs of the future generations, these greener solutions would be practically infeasible. A smart grid encompasses technology that would help us integrate, interface and intelligently control such devices making it more sustainable for the future.