Singapore — (METERING.COM) — October 28, 2010 – Singapore’s Energy Market Authority (EMA) has selected Accenture and ST Electronics Pte Ltd to design and implement Phase 1 of its Intelligent Energy System (IES) pilot project.
The IES pilot project is an advanced metering infrastructure and smart grid pilot funded by the Government of Singapore and Singapore Power.
The project will involve around 4,500 customers in various residential, commercial and industrial locations, including the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) campus, the CleanTech Park at Jalan Bahar and the Punggol Eco-Precinct, and is regarded as an important step towards smartening Singapore’s power grid.
“We look forward to working with Accenture and ST Electronics in the IES pilot project,” said EMA chief executive Lawrence Wong. “Once the applications in the pilot are found to be cost effective and viable, we intend to roll them out progressively on a wider scale so that all consumers can enjoy the benefits of greater choice and control over their energy usage. This intelligent energy system will bring the capabilities of our power grid to the next level and will form the centerpiece of our smart energy economy.”
As primary contractor, Accenture will project manage a cross-functional team of software, engineering and technology companies to design, plan and execute the IES pilot. Accenture will also provide system integration services including designing, building, testing and deploying the smart technologies to the existing power grid. In addition, the company will implement a meter data management system, and support the EMA with change management programs and activities for its various stakeholders.
ST Electronics will be responsible for designing and implementing the critical infrastructure that is necessary to enable smart grid applications. The company will provide and integrate modular radio frequency and powerline transceivers into the meters of manufacturers that are appointed by EMA. Unique to this AMI solution is an integrated meter management system capable of supporting various communications in a multiple meter environment. In addition, ST Electronics will deliver in-home displays, home automation and building automation solutions to facilitate smart grid applications.
The IES pilot will be conducted in two phases. The first phase, focusing on the advanced metering infrastructure, will take place from the last quarter of 2010 to 2012. The second, on smart grid applications, will be carried out from 2012 to 2013.
Other partners for the pilot include Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, Power Automation, GreenWave Reality, and Control4.