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Echelon deploys smart micro-grids in India, South Africa

29 Mar 2012

US energy technology company Echelon has deployed two smart micro-grids in India and South Africa.

The networks in Johannesburg and Hyderabad feature integrated generation, as well as dynamic demand and supply management, to compensate for intermittent power supply in each country.

The Palm Meadows project in India is an 86 acre, 335 home complex, where as the Johannesburg system is deployed at the 240 store Clearwater Mill.

Michael Anderson, senior vice president of worldwide markets for Echelon, said, ‘Smart micro-grids are an ideal way to integrate local generation at the community level and allow for customer participation in the electricity enterprise. Micro grids sit at the edge of the smart grid and provide real-time analysis, decision making and control.

‘The Palm Meadows and Clearwater Mall deployments are great examples of how Echelon’s commitment to leading the worldwide transformation of the electricity grid into an energy control network can foster market innovation.

‘The concepts demonstrated in India and South Africa can be replicated worldwide to improve power reliability and to integrate energy efficiency solutions as well as renewable generation.’

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