Energy solutions provider Alstom has gained a foothold in the United Arab Emirates smart energy sector with the opening of a smart grid centre in Dubai.

The centre gives Alstom’s customers such as utility Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) the capacity to locally develop and integrate software into their own systems and perform factory acceptance tests on site.

It will also offer training on smart grid application through simulated case studies using actual customer network data.

Grégoire Poux-Guillaume, president of Alstom Grid, said: “As smart grid technologies are integrated to existing infrastructure, customers in the region will benefit from the centre’s close links to Alstom’s smart grid centres in France and USA, using tools and processes with the latest technologies, and ongoing support from experts worldwide – in real-time.”

Alstom hopes to be part of DEWA’s smart city vision, announced in 2013, which will see the city replacing all water and electricity meters within the next five years.

Smarter region
Meanwhile, in neighbouring Saudi Arabia, the value of the smart electricity meter market is projected to grow by 10.12% each year from 2014 to 2019, according to research by US-based insight company Research and Markets.

The largest country in the Middle East has begun a smart grid roll out by installing 50,000 meters in a pilot project.

The Saudi Arabian government has devised a phased implementation of smart metering starting with industrial and construction companies, followed by commercial and government sectors in phase two up until 2015.

Residential meters will be converted in two final phases up to 2021.