Echelon, Elster, GE, Itron, Landis+Gyr, and Sensus have formed the Smart Meter Manufacturers’ Association of America (SMMAA). The non-profit organization will focus on advocacy work and education on the topic of smart meters. Each founding member company will having representatives on the board, with the president’s position rotating between companies.
Echelon’s Control Operating System software will run on the company’s new optional open-standard power line and ZigBee communications modules now available for NES smart meters. The new modules, CNX 3000 for power line and CNX 2000 for ZigBee, enable utilities to connect to a range of building information and control devices such as In-Home Displays, thermostats, load controllers, motion detectors and temperature probes via the NES smart metering infrastructure.
French cities are reporting energy savings of up to 45 percent using Echelon’s energy control technology for smart, networked street lighting systems, similar to the technology’s success in China. Echelon intelligent distributed control solutions use power line communications (PLC) to reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs of municipal street lighting. In addition, the street lighting solution includes Echelon’s power line signaling technology for distributed control, Echelon SmartServers for segment control and enterprise connectivity, and system software from French company Streetlight.Vision.
Direct Grid Technologies plans to add Echelon’s energy control networking to its micro-inverter products for utility and commercial grade solar power generation. Micro-inverters convert electricity generated by photovoltaic (PV) panels from direct to alternating current (DC to AC) at the individual panel. This conversion increases the reliability and efficiency of the entire solar power installation.
Echelon Corporation’s NES Energy Control System has been chosen as one of five solutions in PermEnergo’s 50,000 home smart metering pilot, which is being monitored by the Russian government as a potential model for the country. Installation is scheduled to start during the summer and be completed by the end of 2011.
Denmark’s fourth largest utility NRGi has selected to implement Echelon Corporation’s Networked Energy Services (NES) smart grid control system throughout its services territory. The system includes Echelon’s software for sensing, monitoring, and control applications for the low voltage grid and smart meters for approximately 150,000 homes and businesses. Echelon’s NES smart grid infrastructure consists of a web services based network operating system that interacts with integrated, advanced electronic electricity meters and other smart grid devices over an IP network infrastructure.
The last thing Silicon Valley expected was to learn perspective from the utility industry. After all, utility companies are notoriously stodgy and sluggish while the Valley operates and develops at a breakneck pace. Innovation couldn’t come from the utility companies, could it? Jim Rogers, chief executive of Duke Energy, based in North Carolina, delivered a…