ZigBee Alliance Opens New Offices in China

The ZigBee Alliance, which describes itself as an ecosystem of organizations creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, residential, commercial and consumer applications, has opened two new offices in China. The goal is to increase ZigBee’s adoption and address ZigBee standards to meet China’s specific needs for its expanding infrastructure and rapidly growing markets.

Alstom Grid Opens China Center

Alstom Grid commemorated the opening of its Technology Center in Shanghai, China with a ceremony officiated by Alstom Chairman and CEO, Patrick Kron, Alstom Grid President Henri Poupart-Lafarge, and several public officials.

Nokia Siemens Networks Supports Ambitious China-Tibet Grid Project

The State Grid Corporation of China has selected Nokia Siemens Networks’ optical transmission platform for the new Qinghai-Tibet power grid to help ensure consistent power supply for the world’s highest power transmission line. The power grid is the largest construction project in the region and is scheduled to be operational by mid 2012.

Cogo Enters Deal with DongFang Turbine

Cogo Group, which acquired MDC Tech in late January, has signed a $1.5 million deal with DongFang Turbine Co. to provide extensive design, logistical and engineering services, and technical support, utilizing key components and technology from a leading global European technology solution supplier for clean-tech technologies.

Honeywell Picked for China Smart Grid Pilot

Honeywell has been selected to develop and implement China’s first smart grid pilot project and feasibility study for managing energy use in commercial buildings. The project is part of a grant agreement signed between the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the project’s sponsor, the State Grid Electric Power Research Institute (SGEPRI), which is also a subsidiary of State Grid Corp. of China.

Sege Joins Echelon

Ron Sege, former president and chief operating officer of 3Com, has been appointed president and CEO of Echelon and is also joining the company’s board of directors. Estimated to be worth $100 million, Echelon, specializes in smart grid technology.