Smart Grid

June 06, 2013

Echelon Expands Grid Modernization Portfolio for European Markets

San Jose, California-based Echelon Corporation –  which connects more than 35 million homes, 300,000 smart buildings, 500 smart cities and 100 million devices to the smart grid every day – has added new products to its Grid Modernization portfolio designed specifically for European customers.

 Echelon now has a full suite of products available for utilities across the pond that offers more deployment options and supports governmental mandates for smart grids and smart metering. These new Echelon devices are based on the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP), which is one of the leading open-standard protocols for smart grids in Europe.

Echelon's proven, open standard, and multi-use smart grid products for delta networks include the MTR 1020 Delta Single Phase Smart Meter/Sensor, the MTR 3020 Delta Poly Phase Smart Meter/Sensor , the MTR 3520 Delta CT Smart Meter/Sensor  and the DCN 1120/1220 Delta Data Concentrator. 

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These products build on features of the company's existing Networked Energy Service (NES) line, but have been developed and tuned precisely for the unique needs of a delta distribution network. They include the following:

  • Voltage monitoring
  • A dual-disconnect switch for single-phase meters
  • Support for a ground-fault-detection alarm feature
  • Support for billable load profiles
  • Expanded M-Bus (Meter-Bus, a European standard) reads
  • The ability to identify broken medium-voltage lines and zero-fault conditions

The new Echelon smart meters offer a variety of PLC and RF-based home area network (HAN) technologies, which are designed to support the Smart Energy Profile 2.0 standard for in-home devices and applications.

One of the first utilities to use these products will be the electric utility Fortum. As previously announced, Fortum will deploy Echelon's smart metering system to its 100,000 electricity customers in Norway.

"We welcome the introduction of these new smart meters and data concentrators, both part of the NES system, and look forward to continued success in our deployment," said Lars-Erik Lindgren, project manager, Fortum Norway AMM.

"The release of these innovative products is consistent with Echelon's mission to provide grid modernization solutions to high-growth markets," added Michael Anderson (News - Alert), senior vice president and general manager, Grid Modernization, at Echelon. "We are flattered to have a lead customer like Fortum Norway for our new delta network products, and we look forward to expanding our market reach in Norway and other countries with these new additions to our portfolio."

Edited by Blaise McNamee