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Echelon will provide its Edge Control Node, its Control Operating System (COS) based application platform and 3,000 advanced grid sensors, which also provide smart metering functionality. The first applications to use Echelon's solutions include smart metering, power quality monitoring and analysis, transformer monitoring, outage detection, load management, and related analytics applications using NES system software.
"The Smart Grid Gotland project is the perfect way to showcase how a utility with a clear plan for the future can trial new grid applications and quickly reap meaningful benefits for its customers," said
Michael Anderson, senior vice president, Worldwide Markets, at Echelon. "Echelon is excited to play an important role in this project to help modernize
Sweden's grid and integrate new applications that will improve grid reliability, efficiency, and performance."
The project will be a showcase for the world by demonstrating how new smart grid technologies can improve the electrical quality of large rural grids by utilizing large quantities of distributed power generation and advanced load management strategies. Echelon was selected based upon its smart meter technology, which will increase overall grid quality, efficiency and reliability, as well as integration and management of renewable energy sources. The Smart Grid Gotland project began in the fall of 2012 and will run until 2015.