Echelon has received Frost & Sullivan’s European Market Share Leadership Award in the Smart Meters Market. With around 35 million Echelon-powered meters currently deployed throughout the continent, the company’s open-standard smart grid communications and control technology holds an 81 percent share of the smart electricity meters installed in Europe.
Echelon, which holds market shares of 95 percent in Italy, 60 percent in Denmark, and 40 percent in Sweden, also recently began deploying 100,000 smart meters in Norway, the largest rollout to date in that country. The company also has projects in Austria, Finland and Russia.
Frost & Sullivan research analyst Neha Vikash, notes, “The Echelon Networked Energy Services (NES) system is the control networking infrastructure for the smart grid, which enables intelligent distributed control applications and devices that deliver maximum reliability, survivability and responsiveness. More than 100 diverse projects and deployments have proven that the NES system for smart metering is a flexible and safe choice for forward-looking utilities.”
The NES system enables utilities to reduce operating costs while providing expanded services and choice to their customers, who are in turn able to manage and reduce their overall power consumption. It NES system also provides a highly flexible infrastructure that can be adapted to changing customer, operations, and regulatory needs.
Echelon reports that grid intelligence provided by the NES system “includes power line management intelligence wherein utilities can better monitor outages, reduce service restoration time, and verify that service has been restored. By measuring and detecting events related to voltage surges and sags, over-current conditions, phase changes, long and short outages and total harmonic distortion, the system also provides information related to power quality.”
Echelon CEO Ron Sege says, “This has been a great year for the smart grid. Utilities in Europe are taking action to build a 21st century smart grid now -- and they are betting on Echelon-powered solutions because they represent the safe and flexible choice in an uncertain regulatory environment. Our flexible approach to the market, where customers can buy complete Echelon solutions, or solutions from our partners powered by Echelon technology, gives our customers the most diverse set of offerings in the industry.”
Echelon’s NES system uses the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP), which has become a de facto standard for smart meters and smart grid infrastructure communications.
Vikash adds: “More than just a protocol for smart meters, OSGP provides secure, scalable control networking services for any device connected to the low voltage power grid. It also provides critical information related to the distribution line, which further improves reliability and lowers operating costs.”