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Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the winner of the New York-Israel Smart Energy Innovation Challenge, a competitive award with a value of $1 million that enables New York State to partner with an Israeli company to develop an innovative energy technology that helps New York advance its clean energy agenda. Governor Hochul made the announcement on behalf of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the largest state public utility in the U.S., which identified Tel-Aviv-based Prisma Photonics as the contest winner. Prisma was awarded for its real-time transmission line issue detection system that will help improve grid safety, security and reliability while advancing the efficient delivery of clean power statewide. New York Power Authority Interim President and CEO Justin E. Driscoll and Israel's Consul General Asaf Zamir met in midtown Manhattan today to celebrate the award announcement.

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"Today two of the world's leading energy technology centers - New York and Israel - are coming together to develop new technologies that will benefit both parties as well as the global utility industry," said Governor Hochul. "New York State and Israel are working together through this smart energy challenge to develop solutions that will result in resilient, renewable and affordable energy systems. With the assistance of smart Israeli companies through innovative partnerships like this one, we are rapidly pursuing technologies with the potential to optimize our energy infrastructure and further develop a state-of-the-art grid that is equipped to deliver reliable, affordable, clean power statewide."

Prisma Photonics, a Tel-Aviv-based provider of smart monitoring solutions for physical infrastructure, was selected as the 2021 challenge winner through a competition for new utility related technologies jointly organized with the Israel Smart Energy Association (ISEA) and NYPA. NYPA and Prisma Photonics will collaborate on a research and development project to advance the functionality of Prisma Photonics' sensor free grid monitoring platform already installed through a pilot project on one of NYPA's transmission lines. These advancements will include integration of new, artificial intelligence-based, detection algorithms and a dashboard to provide real-time event notification and integration with other Authority operational data.

NYPA Interim President and CEO Justin E. Driscoll said, "The Power Authority has realized important benefits from our previous relationships with Israeli firms by pursuing smart technologies of mutual interest and this latest venture will elevate us to a new level of detection to help maintain our power systems. Through this collaboration, we, together with Israel, will advance best practices in the energy industry and provide benefits for power delivery systems worldwide. The technology supported with this new partnership will employ artificial intelligence to augment our existing transmission asset sensor program, which has proven to be highly effective in identifying potentially costly issues and monitoring power flow and system performance."

In early 2020, the Authority together with the ISEA issued the NYPA-Israel Smart Energy Challenge to solicit start-up technologies from companies headquartered in Israel that support New York's clean energy transition. The competition sought proposals from Israeli companies with expertise in energy efficiency and clean energy generation that wanted to work with New York's public utility to scale up their technology in pilot demonstration projects to meet the specific needs of power utilities operations. A second Smart Energy Innovation Challenge, announced today, will similarly be a $1 million competition that will allow NYPA to select another innovative company to help create significant advances in grid reliability, storage, sustainability and affordability, all of which benefit ratepayers, utilities and the environment.

In other partnerships, NYPA is collaborating with Israeli firms mPrest, Brenmiller Energy and SIGA OT in a wide variety of areas with an emphasis on physical and cyber security. mPrest, a leading provider of monitoring and control systems, assisted NYPA in developing a first-of-its-kind monitoring system to identify issues before they occur at NYPA's statewide network of power projects and transmissions assets. Israeli developer Brenmiller Energy coordinated with NYPA to test the use of thermal energy storage with combined heat and power to increase system energy efficiency once installed on a State University of New York campus. SIGA OT provides sensors and analytics right from the source to improve confidence and enhance the reliability, safety and cybersecurity of the grid.

NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the nation, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. More than 80 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. For more information visit and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and LinkedIn.

The goal of ISEA is to position Israel as one of the leading countries in the smart energy domain; both in developing local innovative industry and adopting and deploying smart energy solutions. The association aims to accelerate adoption of smart energy and other innovative solutions in Israel and worldwide, support the growth of the global smart energy industry, and facilitate cooperation of Israeli innovative firms with main players worldwide. ISEA leverages its global and local stakeholders, including EnergyCom, the Israeli Energy Innovation Community which ISEA manages, to build knowledge and generate business opportunities for its members in the fast-growing smart energy space. For more information visit and follow Meetup, Facebook and LinkedIn.

As conventional sources are decreasing day by day, the world is looking toward renewable energy sources (RES). Reliable access to energy is a key element of economic and social development, as conventional energy sources produces atmospheric pollution and releases greenhouse gases, leading to global warming. By contrast, the advancement in RES fosters a decentralized society and smaller and safer power-generating stations, strengthening local communities. Due to advanced technologies in many countries, centralized power stations will be replaced with smart grids. RES are becoming integrated in vast swathes to the grid at all voltage levels.

This Special Issue is dedicated to the current state, potential, and perspectives of RES and smart grids. The technology advancements in RES and smart grids are characterized by increased efficiency and decrease in cost of installations and energy losses. This Special Issue will feature the latest scientific, technical, and economic developments in RES and smart grids.

Over the coming decades, digital technologies are set to make energy systems around the world more connected, intelligent, efficient, reliable and sustainable. Stunning advances in data, analytics and connectivity are enabling a range of new digital applications such as smart appliances, shared mobility, and 3D printing. Digitalised energy systems in the future may be able to identify who needs energy and deliver it at the right time, in the right place and at the lowest cost. But getting everything right will not be easy.

The energy sector has been an early adopter of digital technologies. In the 1970s, power utilities were digital pioneers, using emerging technologies to facilitate grid management and operation. Oil and gas companies have long used digital technologies to improve decision making for exploration and production assets, including reservoirs and pipelines.

Enable demand response to reduce peak loads (e.g. shifting the time of use of a washing machine), to shed loads (e.g. adjusting temperature settings to lower energy demand at a particular time) and to store energy (e.g. in thermal smart grids) in response to real-time energy prices or other conditions specified by the user.

In industry, many companies have a long history of using digital technologies to improve safety and increase production. Further cost-effective energy savings can be achieved through advanced process controls, and by coupling smart sensors and data analytics to predict equipment failure.

The electricity sector is at the heart of this transformation, where digitalisation is blurring the distinction between generation and consumption, and enabling four inter-related opportunities: 1) smart demand response; 2) the integration of variable renewable energy sources; 3) the implementation of smart charging for EVs; and 4) the emergence of small-scale distributed electricity resources such as household solar PV. They are interlinked as, for example, demand response will be critical to providing the flexibility needed to integrate more generation from variable renewables.

Digitalisation can help integrate variable renewables by enabling grids to better match energy demand to times when the sun is shining and the wind is blowing. In the European Union alone, increased storage and digitally-enabled demand response could reduce curtailment of solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind power from 7% to 1.6% in 2040, avoiding 30 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in 2040.

Privacy and data ownership are also major concerns for consumers, especially as more detailed data are collected from a growing number of connected devices and appliances. For instance, data on energy use in households collected by smart meters can be used to tell when someone is home, using the shower, or making tea.

Digitalisation could also benefit specific clean energy technologies like carbon capture and storage (CCS). Digital technology applications for CO2 capture are similar in nature and benefit to digitalisation in industry and power generation. Specifically, optimisation of control processes through automation and enhanced data collection and analytics are likely to reduce overall costs. Much of the digital transformation and innovation from the oil and gas industry appears to be transferable to CO2 storage assessment and development as well. 041b061a72


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