Echelon rolls out new Smart Grid module in Asia

Echelon has launched a new control module to be rolled out in its Asian smart meter markets.

The new control module will be provided to partners serving China, South Korea, Thailand and Malaysia, and is aimed at expanding their reach from smart meters to a whole array of smart grid devices.

Green Tech Grid reports that the plan is to give regional meter manufacturers a tool to hook their smart meters to devices like solar panels and battery inverters, grid sensors, plug-in vehicle chargers and other grid devices, all over Echelon’s grid networking and software infrastructure.

Partners including Mitsubishi Electric Automation in Thailand, South Korea’s VIDCOM, Malaysia's Comintel, and existing partner China’s Holley Metering plan to use the technology, which will be available in the second half of 2012, Echelon reported.

China is going to need about 300 million smart meters over the next five years, according to government targets, and Brazil wants to deploy 65 million smart meters by the end of the decade.

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