Madrid, Spain — (METERING.COM) — October 13, 2009 – Semiconductor manufacturer STMicroelectronics has announced that it has been chosen by Enel, Italy’s largest power company, to provide the semiconductor components for new electronic power meters destined for installation by Endesa in Spain.
Over the period 2010-2015, Endesa will complete the replacement of more than 13 million traditional electricity meters, installed in its customers’ houses, with the new generation of Enel smart meters. The new system is the result of the combined expertise of Endesa and Enel, its parent company, which together form the second largest group in the European energy market. Enel has already successfully implemented a similar remote management system, also using chips from ST, to serve more than 35 million customers in Italy.
“Enel, Endesa and ST have made great strides in this important project,” said Carmelo Papa, executive vice president and general manager of ST’s Industrial and Multisegment sector. “By applying ST’s extensive portfolio and know-how, Endesa will use intelligent power metering to reduce the cost to the consumer while simultaneously increasing the efficiency of the electricity supply industry, thereby reducing Spain’s carbon footprint.”
ST will provide a complete smart metering solution that includes a powerline communication System-on-Chip (ST758x), which is the heart of the system, a powerful 32 bit microcontroller (STM32), and an innovative power supply device, as well as MOSFET and EEPROM memory devices, as the basis of the new electronic power meter for Endesa.
Moreover, as announced by Enel, the powerline communication protocol (SITRED), applied in this new generation of remote meter management solutions, will be open to the market. In this way, the Enel Group will make available to all stakeholders the first and unique remote meter management solution, reliable and proven on more than 50 million meters worldwide.
The upcoming meter roll-out by Endesa places ST first in the line to exploit this new scenario, thanks to its long-standing relationship to provide Enel with innovative components, the company said in a statement.