Middle East

Researchers Consider Emirate as New Energy Frontier

A professor at the Electronics Laboratory at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland believes he can manage all the energy consumption in Ras al Khaimah (RAK), one of the emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) through a single microchip.

Sharp to Acquire Solar Power Company

Sharp is acquiring Recurrent Energy, a solar project developer and generating company with a 2 GW pipeline. As per terms of the agreement, Recurrent Energy will retain its name and operate as a subsidiary of Sharp. The purchase, valued at a reported $305 million, is expected to close by the end of 2010.

Convergys Smart CIS Solutions

Convergys Corporation has unveiled the worldwide availability of its Smart CIS Solutions, next-gen billing and customer care solutions for the utility and energy markets. The new solution is designed to help utilities make the transition to new technologies, increased date volume, rate structures, consumer power generation, and new consumption models that include electric vehicles.

Chinn Assumes New Responsibilities at Siemens

Engineering and technology company Siemens has appointed Matthew Chinn the new managing director of the Energy Sector UK & North West Europe cluster, effective immediately.  Chinn previously worked in the Energy Service Division, where he was responsible for European Service.

Smart Meters Edging into HAN

A Pike Research Report asserts that smart meters will be increasingly involved in home area networking. It is anticipated that HAN-capabilities will be embedded in 49 percent of all smart meters shipped by 2013. In North America, HAN-enabled smart meters will account for 81 percent of the market.

Elster Meters Head to Kuwait

Elster, one of the world’s largest providers of electricity, gas and water meters, and related communications, networking and software solutions, has secured a contract to deliver 170,000 water meters for use in residences, government buildings and other facilities throughout Kuwait.