Current announces smart grid initiatives in U.K.

London, May 7, 2012 — UK Power Networks and Western Power Distribution selected Current’s Connected Intelligence power quality analytic sensors for a pilot initiative in the U.K.

Current’s solutions are being tested as part of the LV sensor evaluation project, which is being funded by the Office of Gas and Electricity Market’s Low Carbon Networks Fund in support of Great Britain’s transition to a low carbon economy.

This is one project of many, which distribution network operators such as U.K. Power Networks and WPD are running as part of the fund.

Ofgem has allocated up to $800 million over five years to fund projects to prepare electricity networks for a low carbon future. The projects at U.K. Power Networks and WPD will use smart analytics to gather and analyze electrical grid information with the aim of better understanding the implications of the growing use of low carbon technologies on network planning.

These projects also involve gaining a better understanding of user demand, managing network constraints, and illustrating the benefits of better communications between network operators and commercial customers.

The products combine a power quality analytic engine with sensors capable of being installed on live networks providing comprehensive load profiling, power quality analysis, asset monitoring, and event detection at the distribution transformer station. In addition, Current’s OpenGrid enterprise software will be used for grid and network monitoring.

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