Holly Metering, which is scheduled to ship 10 million meters into the Chinese and international markets in 2011, is collaborating with Echelon to develop advanced smart metering products for China which meet the standards set by the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) and China Southern Power Grid Co., Ltd. (CSG).
Echelon, which has 20 years of experience in energy control networking systems, will contribute power line control and communications hardware and software components for smart grid applications.
Ron Sege, Echelon President and CEO, explains, “With a mandate to connect 300 million homes and businesses to the smart grid over the next 5 years, Chinese utilities will need to leverage the best the world has to offer. Our partnership will create a unique energy control networking platform, based on the best technologies and years of real-world experiences, to deliver unsurpassed reliability, performance, capabilities and value to the market.”
Holly Metering President Jeffrey Guo says his company is looking forward to utilizing “Echelon’s field-proven technologies and leverage their extensive experience gained by connecting more than 35 million homes to the smart grid. Utilities inside China and throughout the world are developing unique perspective and capabilities for the smart grid and for energy management, and our partnership can bring these in one package to our all our customers.”
Chinese utilities typically use the low voltage power line for last mile smart grid communication to maximize reliability, provide broadest capabilities, and minimize deployment costs. Through their partnership, Holley Metering and Echelon will “design Echelon’s power line smart transceivers into meter communications modules and adapt Echelon’s Control Operating System (COS) and control modules to the unique standards of the China marketplace. The end result is utilities will be able to offer a richer set of services to their customers and extract more value from the grid.”