Eletrobras, a major Brazilian utility has selected Cisco’s FAN (Field Area Network) technology for a BRL $1.2 million project funded by the World Bank. The Energia+ project will cover the states of Acre, Rondonia, Piaui, Amazonas, Alagoas and Roraima. The aim is to help Eletrobras to improve operational efficiency and control of non-technical losses, which is as high as 22 per cent in some areas.
Landis+Gyr has further solified its position in the South American smart grid market by partnering with Brazilian electricity utility Light in a five year contract worth approximately R$750 million ($313 million USD). The agreement is the largest smart grid project in South American history; under the agreement Landis+Gyr will supply, implement its Gridstream smart grid solution with operation and maintenance of the system.
As a virtualisation professional I was excited to learn that Telefónica and NEC are working together to use virtualisation as part of their communication and home entertainment platform. The platform will form part of Telefónica Set-Top Box solution – called, the virtualized customer-premises equipment (vCPE). The solution is due to start its trial early this year in Brazil.
The smart grid market is expected to be a major growth area over this decade to 2020, based on research done by Navigant Research. In their report titled “Smart Grid Technologies”, they expect the smart grid market to worth $73 Billion in annual revenue by the year 2020 from today’s $13 Billion. Another interesting prediction is that Mexico smart grid market alone will worth about 10 per cent of world the world’s annual revenue.
eMeter, a global smart grid software platform provider, today announced that a Portuguese language version of eMeter EnergyIP, an industry leading energy information management platform and an SAP-qualified business solution, will be available in Brazil by December 2011.
The IEEE 2030 protocol which will support the accelerated rollout of the smart grid in Brazil is to be launched officially at the upcoming annual Metering Latin America in Sao Paulo from 25 October. The event will once again unite utilities, smart metering and smart grids experts, regulators and global technology giants during the same month that Brazil’s energy regulator Aneel will announce the first of two regulations regarding the implementation of smart meters nationwide, which will officially launch a billion dollar smart meter installation rollout in Brazil.
IBM In conjunction with the semi-annual Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition (GIUNC) today announced its collaboration with CPFL Energia Holdings, the largest privately owned energy provider in Brazil, to make its energy networks more efficient and resilient. Together, the two companies will develop a smart grid strategy that drives operational efficiency and optimizes the communication network to improve customer service and workforce management.
Trilliant and AES Eletropaulo are collaborating in a smart grid research and development project—bringing the benefits of smart meters to the city of Sao Paulo and setting the stage for a more reliable and efficient energy infrastructure in Brazil. The first-of-its-kind project for the utility connects GE smart meters’ advanced technology through Trilliant’s wireless communication network to AES Eletropaulo’s meter data management center—improving system monitoring, identifying problems before they occur and reducing the duration of interruptions in energy supply.
eMeter Corporation, a leader in Smart Grid management software, today announced that ELO Sistemas Eletronicos (ELO), has selected eMeter's EnergyIP®, an industry leading Energy Information Management Platform to address the data management and integration requirements for its end-to-end smart meter solution for the Brazilian utility marketplace.