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Tantalus Network Delivering Highly Reliable AMI Data at Chattanooga EPB, America’s Fastest Smart Grid

TUNet’s near real-time data delivery capability enabling state-of-the-art EPB Operational Analytics

Tantalus, a leading provider of smart grid solutions for municipal and cooperative utilities, and Chattanooga Electric Power Board (EPB) have announced that performance results from the utility’s TUNet AMI deployment, which was completed in 2013, effectively make the eastern Tennessee utility the most reliable and fastest AMI system in North America.  Since deployment began in 2010, EPB reports that TUNet has utilized the city’s existing state-of-the-art fiber optic network to deliver highly accurate 15-minute interval consumption data 96 times each day from more than 175,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers back to the utility control center at reliability rates approaching 99 percent.  This demonstrated ability to deliver large quantities of near real-time interval data at superior reliability levels is a distinctive feature of the TUNet network, which, unlike many competitive systems, is not limited to the delivery of batched AMI data just four to six times daily.

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UT Hydraulics and Sedimentation Lab Holds Promise of Water Security

UT Hydraulics and Sedimentation Lab Holds Promise of Water SecurityWater-related issues are quickly shaping up to be a major concern around the world, and a new lab at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, hopes to tackle that concern.

The Hydraulics and Sedimentation Laboratory opened officially this week, with the implications of its research already being felt.

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Bacteria the Newest Tool in Detecting Environmental Damage

 

The reaction most people have when they hear the word bacteria is rarely a good one. 
 
While it's true that food- and water-borne bacteria cause untold illnesses and even death around the world, a team of researchers from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory has found a way to use bacteria to help prevent some of the very symptoms most people associate with them. 

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Sustainable Waste-To-Energy Facility Approved for Construction in Tennessee

Sustainable Waste-To-Energy Facility Approved for Construction in Tennessee PHG Energy (PHGE) and the city of Lebanon, Tennessee, have signed a contract that will provide an environmentally sustainable method of waste disposal and produce green power in the process.

The waste-to-energy technology, which will go on line early next year, is a downdraft gasification plant that will cleanly convert up to 64 tons per day of blended waste wood, scrap tires and sewer sludge into a fuel gas that will generate up to 300Kw of electricity. The generation of this power will provide for the plant's internal power needs as well as contribute electricity to the wastewater treatment plant where it will be located.

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