Innovation “test beds” in New Mexico

Posted on May 20, 2012. Filed under: innovation, science & technology | Tags: , , , |

I recently posted about an eHighway pilot planned for Los Angeles.  My own small state is no slouch when it comes to R&D test beds.   You may have heard about the $1 billion technology and testing and evaluation center planned for southeastern New Mexico.  This planned “fully functioning ghost town” (gotta love that characterization) will serve as a test bed whereby public research institutions and private companies can test renewable energy, smart grid technology, wireless telecommunications systems, modern transportation and information and security technology.  Read more at the New Mexico Business Weekly.

Same state, different location

Albuquerque’s Mesa del Sol planned community will soon host a microgrid “aperture center”.  Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) invested about $10 million to build the microgrid, and nine Japanese companies installed  and will test various systems for two years to learn about how a smart grid can function in a real-world setting.  NEDO is also building a microgrid testbed in Los Alamos, NM.  You can read the full story also at the New Mexcio Business Weekly.

Innovative sites like this are undoubtedly springing up in other communities as well.  In addition to serving as test beds for emerging technologies, they also offer economic development benefits to local communities, and can serve as a magnet for other similar businesses.  What’s happening in your region?

 

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NIST proposes smart grid standards but is that enough?

Posted on January 20, 2010. Filed under: energy efficiency, science & technology | Tags: , |

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued a first release of the NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, version 1.0.

The 75 standards (with room for more), roadmap, and preliminary identification of cybersecurity needs contained in the document are all essential to moving forward.  However, as the Netherlands recently learned, science and technology are not sufficient to move a policy forward.

As reported by Datamonitor, privacy concerns derailed the Netherlands initial efforts to require the use of smart electricity meters.  Public concerns about privacy and security must be addressed, andthe public must see a strong benefit to offset concerns if such efforts are to become wide-spread andeffective.

A good reminder that public policy is not just about the science and technology and that public attitudes should be factored in early and often. –nks

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