All posts by Karl Lehnhoff

EBV Director Segment Smart Grid. Driven by the vision of a sustainable and greener future supported by innovative, connected and sophisticated energy efficient electronics and applications. My updates address all trends and topics related to the renewable energies segment.

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Once or twice a year you find those letters in your mailbox from your electricity suppliers. They give you notice of someone from the company is about to come by to read the counter status of your power meter. One more time you are annoyed of being forced to take an extra vacation day for this event. But there’s no choice, someone needs to be at home. But there’s good news! This might change soon. If you have a look at your electricity meter, you might wonder if you reallyRead More
Raindrops on solar panel
What do we need to make the smart grid the power network of the future that we dream of? We need better performance of renewable energy solutions, more efficient energy storage and higher individualisation of energy distribution. The first two can only be achieved through new technologies and better hardware, software as well as analytics. The last one can be pushed forward with another solution: through personal energy. The most common technology which allows single households to produce their own energy are solar panels. However solar energy requires sun raysRead More
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As we implement more and more IoT technology into different aspects of our lives we should be aware of sensitive data and ensure that we further equip applications with the right level of security precautions. Within fields like smart grid and smart metering manipulations can result in high economic losses or even shut down power supply for a whole region. Therefor security is of high priority within electronic metering and grid applications. If you google for scholar articles about security incidents and vulnerabilities within smart grid and smart metering applicationsRead More
Here is how you create a mesh: You start by creating small knots and make them work. In a second step you connect these knots to a bigger mesh. As soon as this bigger network works you connect it to others, similar networks to form an even bigger one. Repeat that and your mesh will grow. Translating this ideal process to smart grids would mean to start with smart, energy-efficient homes. As soon as all houses of a community are “smart” it is time to connect them and make themRead More
No, 2015 was not the year in which we discovered the IoT for metering. It was not the year we first saw smart grid applications. Standards for smart metering have also been around the years before. So why was 2015 so important for the renewable energies segment? Because we moved on from just having ideas and trying out new things to really make them work and prepare them for global deployment. In 2015 we achieved a lot which is relevant for a greener future. As I am writing these linesRead More
The European Utility Week 2015 (EUW 2015) in Vienna, Austria delivered big time. While at last year’s event in Amsterdam, Netherlands it seemed like many companies still needed to catch up with the new possibilities created by IoT and smart metering/grid technology this year the participants were striving to innovate together based on the new opportunities. The last couple years we came a long way from the very first wireless smart meters over creating standards for connected renewable energy applications to taking a look at the bigger picture including powerRead More
Climate change is a thing! Last week U.S. president Obama called the impact of the climate change on the arctic “really scary”. Just three months ago the G7 leaders of the world’s major industrial democracies agreed to phase out fossil fuel by the end of the century to fight negative environmental effects. The message seems clear: If we want to leave our children and future generations a sustainable planet we must act now. Renewable energy technology is one of the most obvious answers to the question how to reverse theRead More
We want to go green, we want to take control of our expenses and we want to do it with minimal effort. For energy, gas and water in our homes this means employing smart meters. However before it is possible to unlock all possibilities of smart metering and intelligent gas, heat, water and energy distribution on a bigger scale it is vitally important to craft a capable metering standard. The OMS Group, a community of interest of associations, therefore developed the open metering system (OMS) specification which is an open, vendorRead More