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AEP, Fortress JV to protect US grid

American Electric Power has formed a joint venture with industrial cybersecurity firm Fortress Information Security to better protect the US power grid from cyber threats. The Asset to Vendor Network for Power Utilities (A2V) venture will help promote collaboration among North American electricity companies
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ST adds wireless, powerline to smart-meter chipset

Swiss semiconductor maker STMicroelectronics has added wireless and powerline support to its smart-meter chipset. Used in smart electricity meters, ST’s ST8500 powerline communication chipset will now allow smart meters to communicate through existing power cables or radio frequency waves
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McDonald's signs Virtual Power Purchase Agreements

Fast food chain McDonald's has signed two long-term, large-scale virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs), to buy renewable energy generated by Aviator Wind West, a wind power project located in Coke County, Texas and a solar project located in Texas
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CAHORS adds LoRa for smarter power grids
Smart energy grid technology firm CAHORS Group has integrated LoRa and LoRaWAN technologies from analogue and mixed-signal specialist Semtech Corporation. The LoRa technology is being incorporated into CAHORS' new Sentinel line fault detection solutions. They will support more accurate line fault detection in smart grid networks
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AI to protect Renewable Assets
German energy analytics company Kaiserwetter Energy Asset Management can now predict wind turbine failures before they occur with its cloud-based, Data Analytics as a Service (DAaaS) ARISTOTELES platform
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ABB buys Chinese EV charging provider Chargedot
Swiss-Swedish power and automation group ABB is acquiring 67 percent of Chinese e-mobility specialist Chargedot, which supplies EV charging stations and software in the Chinese market. The move will make ABB a major supplier to a number of leading Chinese car makers, and a partner of SAIC
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VPS, Artesyn AI energy provisioning
Software defined power control specialist Virtual Power Systems (VPS) has integrated its Intelligent Control of Energy (ICE) platform into the latest power solutions from Artesyn Embedded Power. This integration allows for machine learning and AI driven provisioning of energy consumed in very large data centres
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