Partnership to develop smart grid solutions in Germany


Zurich, Switzerland — (METERING.COM) — April 16, 2010 – Power and automation technology group ABB and Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Systems specializing in information and communications technology are partnering to develop smart grid solutions in the southern German city of Friedrichshafen.

Working closely with the regional power utility Technische Werke Friedrichshafen (TWF) the two companies will seek to improve the management of electricity supplies, so consumers can use electricity more efficiently. Deutsche Telekom is investing millions of euros to upgrade Friedrichshafen’s fixed and mobile communications infrastructure as part of the T-City program to create ”the city of the future.”

The smart grid solution will help integrate renewable energy and improve efficiency. Germany’s share of renewable power is expected to rise to as much as 30 percent in the next decade and a smart grid will enable the power system, with so much renewable power, to operate reliably.

“ABB and Deutsche Telekom’s intelligent power network expertise are a good fit and we are very happy to join our forces for a major showcase in Germany”, said Brice Koch, head of marketing and customer solutions at ABB.
Reinhard Clemens, CEO of T-Systems added: “Electricity and data networks are merging. We have both the necessary fixed and mobile broadband communications networks and the experience in managing mass data.”