Smart grid wins: a huge score for Sensus in the UK (and more)
By: SGN Staff
By Doug Peeples
SGN News Editor
Sensus was selected earlier this week to provide the core communications technology to support one of the world's largest smart metering projects: the UK government's plan to put smart meters in millions of homes and small businesses by 2020. Sensus technology will support the rollout of electric and gas smart meters to ten million locations in the Northern region of Great Britain, subject to contract.
"The selection validates that our technology has no borders," said Sensus CEO and President Peter Mainz. "Further, it provides financial and energy savings for utilities and consumers by improving operational efficiency and enabling the public to make informed choices on their energy use." Sensus will bring its FlexNetâ„¢ communications technology to the project. The open standards-based communications network is currently in more than 16 million endpoints, including smart meters and other devices.
The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced that communications company Arqiva has been selected as preferred bidder to provide the smart metering communications service for Northern England and Scotland. In conjunction with Arqiva, Sensus will provide the long-range radio technology for a private, secure and resilient communications network. "The scope of the Great Britain initiative serves as a benchmark for future projects around the world."
CTC Global announced that it entered into a joint venture with the NARI Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the State Grid Corporation of China, the world’s largest electric utility company. The new company, Jiangsu NARI CTC Composite Material Co, Ltd, will begin commercial operations in early 2014 and produce high-capacity, energy-efficient, and highly-proven ACCCÂ® conductor core in China, exclusively for the Chinese market.
CTC will manage the new venture, which will produce conductor core exclusively for the Chinese market. "We are pleased that State Grid Corporation of China recognizes the substantial value of the ACCC conductor, and together we look forward to producing the reliable and efficient conductor core in China,” stated Dr. Jason Huang, CEO of CTC Global and General Manager of the new joint company.