Landis+Gyr and CURRENT's European entity CURRENT Technologies International GmbH, have signed an agreement to deliver smart, open and interoperable energy management solutions. The agreement is a key ingredient in addressing the challenge to come in implementing smart grid and smart metering technologies in Spain and Portugal.
Landis+Gyr and CURRENT have joined efforts to deliver standards-based smart grid solutions by integrating CURRENT's PRIME technology into the Landis+Gyr Gridstream advanced product line.
"This agreement puts Landis+Gyr in the pole position for the deployment of smart metering in Spain and Portugal. Together with CURRENT we will build a PRIME interoperable path, which will support utilities - either directly or in stages - in implementing the smart grid," said Javier Jimenez, CEO, Landis+Gyr Spain.
"Interoperability of standards-based smart grid products, including smart meters, is one of the key foundations of an interconnected system spanning the customer, distribution, and transmission grids. In order to ensure the seamless flow of data, interoperability becomes the crucial factor. Open standards form the necessary basis for interoperability. CURRENT partnered with the expertise of Landis+Gyr provides utilities with low investment solutions that are easy to deploy and deliver fast measurable results that get the job done," said Angel Hernandez, General Manager of CURRENT Group Europe.
Due to increased pressure on European distribution systems to handle intermittent renewables, increased load, and new forms of electricity generation along with new two-way communications and data management systems, traditional energy infrastructure is shifting to real time smart systems.
As the world's leading provider of integrated energy management solutions, Landis+Gyr is also a key member of the PRIME Alliance along with CURRENT. For the deployments with CURRENT, Landis+Gyr combines its state-of-art E450 residential smart electricity meter, which implements PRIME power line communication technology, with its Gridstream AIM software solution - both essential ingredients for establishing powerful smart metering infrastructures, a key step towards realizing the smart grid.
Under the terms of the cooperation agreement, Landis+Gyr will now offer CURRENT Smart Grid® products, which provide seamless integrated solutions, making grids more reliable and efficient. The offer includes the full range of CURRENT hardware and software smart grid products. CURRENT hardware includes the meter data concentrator, intelligent sensors and advanced communications equipment. CURRENT's OpenGrid™ software makes advanced metering possible and optimizes the operation of the distribution grid.
This partnership provides customers in Spain and Portugal with an end-to-end solution that is market proven, designed for simple and speedy implementation.
CURRENT and Landis+Gyr are committed to implementing standards-based, interoperable products and driving international standardization initiatives into the Spanish and Portuguese markets. With these agreements, CURRENT and Landis+Gyr have established the basis to provide "PRIME-interoperability" as a key feature of the Landis+Gyr Gridstream solution portfolio for Spain and Portugal.
Landis+Gyr, CURRENT partner to deliver smart energy solutions to Spain, Portugal