Secure Smart Grid Part of Illinois, S. Korea Pact

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 @ 05:07 PM gHale

The smart grid is gaining more global support as the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC) and a parallel South Korean organization are working together to provide financial support for innovative projects.
Four projects should provide more than $20 million to improve grid cyber security, develop technological infrastructure, deploy energy optimization solutions and create a workforce ready to develop next generation energy solutions.
This globally connected public-private partnership combines industry innovators, visionary government leadership and sophisticated non governmental organizations. The partnership will produce smart grid clusters in Illinois and South Korea that will yield economic development, create jobs and accelerate product development.
“Not only will this groundbreaking partnership benefit universities, businesses and government entities in Illinois, but it will also help move the nation toward a smarter and greener grid,” said Matthew Summy, president and chief executive of ISTC.
Korean partners, through multiple channels, are providing an initial round of investment for Illinois-based projects that demonstrate smart grid business opportunities:
• Cyber Security in Grid Trustworthiness: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Information Trust Institute will partner with the Korean National Security Research Institute on research and development initiatives to improve cyber and grid security and network resiliency.
• Global Workforce Training and Development: The Illinois Institute of Technology and ADICA will build out its professional training and development programs in this sector to solidify Illinois as a hotbed for education and training opportunities in the smart grid sector. Through a global partnership with the Korea Electrical Engineering and Science Research Institute, this center will bring industry professionals from around the world to IIT to develop new strategies and techniques for business innovations that will result from the deployment of a smart grid.
• Illinois Smart Buildings Project: Supported by Building Owners and Managers Association/Chicago, this project will include deep energy audits on loop-area high-rises in order to set up a multi-building regulation services and energy efficiency project. By installing new technologies to network buildings and enable smart grid strategies — such as demand response and variable operations of building systems — large properties like the AON Center can reduce energy use and costs by hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, and decrease their carbon footprint. This project has support from the Korea Smart Grid Association, KT and LGE.
• Building Energy Management Systems and Distributed Energy Resources Integration: The Illinois Institute of Technology will sign two agreements to conduct research and development to improve building energy management systems, develop distribution automation strategies, integrate renewable energy sources and energy storage technologies into the smart grid and increase power systems reliability. The Korea Smart Grid Institute and the Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute are supporting these projects.

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