Copenhagen, March 10, 2010 — Echelon Corporation has shipped its two millionth Networked Energy Services smart meter.
The meter will become part of the smart grid installation currently being deployed by Eltel Networks A/S for the Danish utility SEAS-NVE, in Denmark’s largest smart grid project with over 390,000 smart meters.
The announcement was made at the 2010 Smart Metering Scandinavia event in Copenhagen, Denmark.
“Denmark is well-known for embracing technology to promote energy efficiency. Denmark is the world-leading producer of wind energy, and now we’re building a truly smart grid to better use and conserve energy and provide new services for our customers,” Peter Iversen, CTO at SEAS-NVE. “Our smart grid project utilizes the top technologies worldwide, including Echelon’s NES System, to serve today’s needs and Denmark’s future needs, from electric car charging, to automated demand response programs and time-of-use tariffs, all while improving customer service.”
Echelon’s NES system embeds intelligence in the existing grid to make it smarter and adaptable to future expansions, new demands and able to respond to new regulations.
Because the NES system is a complete, advanced metering infrastructure, and not only communicating meters, it lays the foundation for extensions to the grid by the utility or other third parties.
For example, Panasonic Europe recently collaborated with SEAS-NVE to start pilots of a smart energy management system that will pave the way for the eco-homes of the future in Europe.
The NES smart metering infrastructure solution enables a highly scalable, feature-rich and integrated system of advanced electronic electricity meters accessed via a Web services based network operating system over an IP networking infrastructure.
Echelon’s technology is used by utilities worldwide in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.S. and other countries.
In 2008, Danish utility SEAS-NVE awarded an advanced metering infrastructure project to Echelon Networked Energy Services value-added reseller partner Eltel Networks A/S, with meter data management system and enterprise software tools from NES VAR partner Gàƒ¶rlitz AG. Eltel will deploy NES advanced metering infrastructure to almost 400,000 SEAS-NVE customers by 2011.