African countries face the need to meet a fast-growing energy demand but its nations can pick from a portfolio rich in renewable energy sources, including water, sun and wind, among others. Building on experience gathered around the globe Africa can design it’s energy sector for the future.
Half of the continent has solar radiation intensities of more than 7000 kWh/m2/day, the perfect premise for utilizing solar power. Renewable energy sources offer additionally more independence from fossil material, improved resilience and sustainability.
CheckWatt, one of CNets subsidiaries, offers configurable energy related solutions for different needs. In the last year CheckWatt has extended their business to Europe. The companies expertise and experience is leading in the Swedish market and internationally competitive. CheckWatt is proud to announce that they have entered their first contract in Kenya, which entails the deployment of a new solar energy installation in Kenya. Dan-Eric Archer, VD of the company, supervised delivery and installation of solar meters, real-time measuring at the connection point to the electrical grid, Plug and play production demo on screen himself:
CNets spin-off company CheckWatt is expanding services with solutions to store energy and manage usage intelligently.
The fast growing market of private solar installations and electrical vehicles are followed by extended needs regarding the electrical infrastructure but also offer new possibilities for utilization. In 2019, the market for electric grid ancillary services was approximately 1.5 billion SEK. Svenska Kraftnät forecasts that it will double twice by 2023, driven by the growing share of intermittent power production (solar and wind) within the electricity mix and an increased integration within Europe (regulating power as an export product). Meanwhile the fees for the electrical network infrastructure grow significantly without smarter network solutions, so smart solutions that avoid unnecessarily future costs are needed, a conclusion that the European trade association has come to: “Smart storage and control before cable!”
With already more than 200.000 electrical vehicles registered in Sweden, each about 10 kW on average, these have already the same peak power as 2 nuclear power plants. Electric cars are fundamentally changing the energy system, and they are rather an asset than a burden. The advantage of electric cars is that they do not have to be fully charged all the time. The effect can be adapted to the needs of the electricity network, cushioning peaks through utilizing off times.
EMS (Energy Management System) is a service for energy-related data and smart control for hybrid inverters (photovoltaic systems with connected battery storage for example) and electric car chargers that can minimize power-related costs locally in the building and perform frequency regulation for Svenska Kraftnät, which generates revenue for the owner.
CNets spin-off company CheckWatt is expanding its product portfolio to meet the growing popularity and needs of electrical vehicles (EVs). Sweden is ranking among the world’s top ten market for best-selling plug-ins since 2015.
In December 2020 a total of 217,704 plug-in vehicles have been registered, 148,889 plug-in hybrids, 62,870 all electric cars and 5,945 all electric vans have been registered in Sweden since 2011. As EVs are actively supported by the government with financial grants and charging at home is cheaper than petrol, diesel or public charging more home owners are looking for smart solutions. CheckWatt does not only want to offer homeowners a solution to charge their cars, but also to manage their electrical home installations, solar installations and to maximize savings reducing power-related costs. Solutions enable users to visualize charging together with other energy-related data. For starters CheckWatt initiated a collaboration with EpSpot and Zaptec, further collaborations are being negotiated.
The IoTBridge team, a subsidiary of CNet, is now monitoring Västerbron, one of Stockholms main bridges. Inaugurated 1935 the bridge has an overall length of 600m, of which 340m stretch over water. About 50.000 vehicles pass this bridge per day, making it an integral part of Stockholms infrastructure.
The team has installed sensors for monitoring the health status of Västerbron. Acceleromters and strain gauges will continuously measure vibrations, stress and strains on the bridge. Raw data is sent to IoTBridge Cloud where it is transformed and synchronized with a digital twin of the bridge. Machine learning and advanced mathematical algorithms are applied to assess the structural health of the bridge. The ongoing monitoring and the analytical results are visualized in an easy-to-use app.
The European project SDK4ED finished a full success. A great team of 11 partners, including CNet, in 7 countries worked hard together for three years. A cooperation that created a software development toolkit for energy optimization and technical dept elimination. Work that resulted in 59 publications, to say the least.
The EFPF organised on 2nd of December 2020 a Webinar to present an Introduction to the common EU Data Space for Manufacturing Industry and presenting Data Spaces pathway focusing on the specifics of connected factories detailing Data Sharing within Marketplaces and Models for B2B Data Exchange. The Webinar detailed:
The Hyper-connected Factories pathway: towards networked enterprises in complex, dynamic supply chains and value networks.
The Autonomous Smart Factories pathway: towards optimised and sustainable manufacturing including advanced human-in-the-loop workspaces.
The Collaborative Product-Service Factories pathway: towards data-driven product-service engineering in knowledge-intensive factories.
The magazine Jordbruksaktuellt, Sweden’s largest independent industry magazine in agriculture, published an article about GrainCloud, a new project funded by the Swedish Board of Agriculture via the innovation support EIP-Agri. The consortium, including CNet, consists of seven partners with expert expertise together with the company Skandia Elevator in Arentorp who will develop a solution to meet higher demands from the market on transparency in the value chain of the future and the need to increase food safety on grain-based food through traceability.
The digital storage facility of the future will be able to automatically keep track of the amount of grain that has been taken in from fields, where it is stored, how it has been stored and for how long. It will also be able to track maintenance needs before malfunctions occur and assist farmers with service reminders, says Joakim Larsson, CEO and co-owner of Skandia Elevator. Grain Cloud is primarily designed for new facilities but will also be able to be integrated into older machine systems.
The European Factories Platform (EFPF) in conjunction with the European Commission is delighted to inform you that their €2.5mil Euro Manufacturing and Industry4.0 Open Call is now open for submissions on www.f6s.com/efpf.
The European Factory Platform (EFPF) project team invites you to submit a bid for a share of EFPF’s €2.5million EC H2020 Open Call. European SMEs, software developers, tech companies and manufacturers can be funded to create, test, validate and/or integrate innovative tools / services / applications / solutions / platforms for Industry4.0. You can find out more about this EC/EFPF funding opportunity on www.efpf.org/funding-call or by watching our Promo Video below.
EFPF Industry4.0 Open Call
Total available funding
Funding range per project
€50,000 – €150,000
October 19th 2020
February 19th 2021
6, 9 or 12 months
Type 1: Develop digital manufacturing applications and services
Type 2: Validate/test EFPF platform and services in digital manufacturing domains
Type 3: Integrate 3rd Party applications, services and/or platforms with EFPF
EU SMEs (including micro-SMEs)
EU technology providers and software developers (including start-ups) EU manufacturing and logistics companies (any size)
EU Research Institutes and Universities
IoTBridge and their activities for IoT-based solutions for bridge monitoring and maintenance are gaining interest in the trade press. The e-magazine Underhållsdagarna has published an article about the project. For more details follow this link to the article: