National Academy of Sciences highlights Smart Wires as ARPA-E success story

Smart Wires was an original recipient of Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) grant funding, which led to the first deployment of power flow control technology on the 161 kV system at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Since then, leading utilities across several continents – including Southern Company, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Minnesota Power in the United States, EirGrid and RTE in Europe, and TransGrid and Western Power in Australia – have joined the ranks of innovators implementing modular power flow control solutions on their networks. Read more about the ARPA-E program in this article by the Washington Post.

PG&E and Smart Wires: Leveraging Innovation for a Clean Energy Future

Pacific Gas & Electric President Geisha Williams discusses innovation partnerships and references the collaboration between Smart Wires and her regulated transmission utility:

“And on the grid itself, we’re working with a company called Smart Wires to try out a plug-and-play control module that can be attached to our existing transmission and distribution lines, allowing operators to fine tune the amount of energy they carry, dialing it up and down in response to dynamic fluctuations in demand and supply. That offers the potential to integrate greater contributions from renewable resources, as well as adjust for shifts in load across the network which might otherwise require constructing power lines in new places — a far more costly alternative.”  Read the full article here »

Learn more about the collaboration between Smart Wires and Pacific Gas & Electric in their report on their first experience with the PowerLine Guardian:
Access the full report here »

Smart Wires named as Global Top 10 Winner for 2016 by The Global Cleantech Cluster Association

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The Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) has named the Global Top 10 Winners for its 6th GCCA Later Stage Awards 2016. The mid- to late-stage companies originate from the major cleantech industries, including solar, wind and clean web to lighting, energy efficiency, mobility, urban agriculture and water. The Top 10 Winners were sorted from nominees from the world’s leading GCCA cleantech clusters. Each nominee was then assessed by the KeyStone Compact™ business risk rating methodology. The Global Top 3 and the GCCA Grand Prize Winner will be announced in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA on December 13th, 2016.

“The 2016 Global Top 10 Winners demonstrate investment grade, strong product differentiation, scalable business models and have market traction,” said Dr. Peter Adriaens, Head Judge of the GCCA Later Stage Awards and developer of the Keystone Compact™. “Narrowing down the nominations from more than 105 to 10 follows a detailed and robust data analytics process. The 2016 Global Top 10 are some of the world’s most sought after and up-and-coming equity-investable cleantech companies across our member clusters.” For more about the assessment tool, please visit

The GCCA Later Stage Awards 2016 ceremony will be held on December 13th at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock in conjunction with the Global Solutions Summit (GSS) 2016. GSS 2016 will meet in collaboration with the Club de Madrid (CdM), an organization comprised of more than 100 former Presidents, Prime Ministers and Heads of State which will be reconvening in the Club de Madrid – P80 Group “Reunion Proceedings”, and the 6th GCCA Awards Dinner. GSS 2016 builds on the widely-acclaimed inaugural Global Solutions Summit which first convened at the US State Department in April 2014.

“Enabling large scale commercial deployment of proven sustainable technologies is a key focus of GCCA since 2010,” said Christian Haeuselmann, GCCA’s Co-Founder and Chairman. “The annual GCCA Later Stage Awards bring the best companies of our cluster partners to the forefront – we encourage you to engage with them and benefit from their unique services and business models.”

The 2016 Later Stage Award Global Top 10 Winners are:

  1. FluidSolids – Switzerland – Bioenergy/Biomaterials
  2. GreenSync – Australia – Energy Storage/Smart Grid
  3. Magrow – Ireland – Food/Urban Agriculture
  4. Enervalis – Flanders – Lighting/Energy Efficiency
  5. M-Field Energy – Taiwan – Energy Storage/Smart Grid
  6. CleanSpark – San Diego, California – Energy Sorage/Smart Grid
  7. Smart Wires – San Francisco, California – Energy Storage/Smart Grid
  8. Wirepas – Finland – CleanWeb/Sustainable IT
  9. WaterTectonics – Seattle, Washington – Water
  10. Azuri Technologies – Cambridge, UK – Solar/Wind

About the Global Cleantech Cluster Association

The Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) is a Swiss Foundation that provides access to capital, corporates, markets and insights. Vision is to drive sustainable regional economic development, on a global scale.

GCCA is a fully independent open platform designed to support the development towards a shared economy and low carbon prosperity. Since its launch in 2010, more than 50 clusters from across the world have joined the GCCA, representing 10,000 Cleantech companies.

With the GCCA Deployment HUB Network and its digital platforms in Europe, Asia and North America, GCCA drives the modernization of cross-border business collaboration by converging physical and digital cluster ecosystems. A GCCA focus task is the development of new financial mechanisms to enable large-scale commercial deployment of proven technologies. Goal is to provide an investment alternative at appropriate risk and return expectations for institutional investors, e.g. pension funds.

For more information about the GCCA, please visit www.globalcleantech.org

EirGrid Names Smart Wires an Innovator

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Smart Wires’ client, EirGrid, has a webpage about innovation where they share with their customers how they work with innovators like Smart Wires to enhance the power system of the future. EirGrid is involved in a range of exciting projects that are at the interface between their customers and the power system, and Smart Wires is at the top of that project list:

“One of our innovation focus areas is to explore utilizing the existing transmission infrastructure rather than building new lines. In Waterford we have trialed Smart Wire’s Powerline Guardian device to control power flows with real-time sensing capabilities. From this we are moving to deploy distributed series reactance (DSR) type technology for a full deployment by 2018. This will allow us to better utilize the capacity of existing lines which long term will help reduce the need for future new infrastructure.”

Smart Wires Featured in EEI Article

Smart Wires was invited by Edison Electric Institute to publish an article in the June 2016 edition of Electric Perspectives Magazine. Tom Voss, Smart Wire’s Chairman, authored a piece titled “The Road to a Flexible Power Grid” which acknowledged that new technologies that offer agility, speed and optionality in addressing transmission constraints are becoming increasingly essential.

Smart Wires’ two largest customers, Southern Company and Pacific Gas & Electric, applauded the use of distributed power flow control as an important element for making the transmission grid more dynamic and resilient. Tom Fanning, Southern Company’s Chairman, noted “today we have the opportunity to play offense and create America’s energy future by becoming smarter, faster and more responsive.” In similar fashion, PG&E’s Chairman, Tony Earley, also views Smart Wires as an answer to innovation. He reiterated, “We are constantly seeking technologies that will lower energy costs for our customers, and welcome the opportunity to put a potential solution to the test.”

The article concludes with an example of how regulators are encouraging utilities to “investigate and evaluate new advanced technologies when replacing aged transmission infrastructure.”

Download the Article (PDF).

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