National Grid to proof of concept smart grid technologies


New York, NY, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 14, 2009 – National Grid is to undertake a proof of concept of the BreezeMAX 3650 WiMAX solution, as part of a technology test-bed for potential pilot projects in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The proof of concept will begin in September 2009, and will provide backhaul for smart meters and distribution automation devices for residences and businesses using WiMAX technology.

The BreezeMAX solution is from WiMAX pure-player, Alvarion Ltd.

Through this smart grid pilot, National Grid and Alvarion could give selected customers across the Northeast an opportunity to experience the benefits of this application through reduced  energy consumption, reduced carbon emission and ultimately, a lower utility bill.

“WiMAX is becoming a vital part of next generation smart grid connectivity, as it provides a range of benefits aligned with power utilities’ business objectives and technical requirements,” said Greg Daily, president of Alvarion, Inc.

Itron Inc also has announced that it is to participate in a proof of concept at National Grid. Itron will be involved in the development of an operational proof of concept lab at the utility’s Smart Grid Technology Center in Syracuse, NY.
The proof of concept will demonstrate how Itron’s smart grid solutions, including its smart metering system, OpenWay, and Itron Enterprise Edition Meter Data Management, culminate in a smart home, smart meter, smart utility and smart grid. Itron also seeks to test a number of its partners’ products including in-home devices and mid-tier IP broadband network communications for the wide area network backhaul, high-availability distribution automation, and SCADA operations. The system would interface to the utility’s operational information systems.

Said Philip Mezey, Itron North America senior vice president and chief operating officer, “We look forward to further developing the flexible and collaborative working relationship we have with National Grid in order to rapidly achieve the utility’s smart grid vision.”