Smart Grid Summit 2015

German Chamber showcases Smart Grid Solutions at its ‘Smart Grid Summit 2015’

Dublin, 13th October 2015:  The German Chamber of Industry & Commerce today hosted a ‘Smart Grid Summit’ to foster relationships and collaborations between German and Irish operators in the smart grid sector. The event marks the beginning of a week-long trade mission of six German companies who will highlight technology solutions for Ireland’s Smart Grid market.This trade mission was financed by the export initiative energy efficiency of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy. 

Throughout the week, the delegation of companies, which includes leading European provider of power-line communication, devolo AG, telecontrol and substation automation technology manufacturers, SAE IT and leading German service and system suppliers, SAG GmbH, will take part in over 30 business meetings to explore opportunities with Irish organisations and present innovative German technologies and solutions for Ireland’s Smart Grid needs.

With 40% of electricity set to come from renewable sources by 2020, the development of a smart grid, will be crucial in ensuring Ireland can meet its ambitious energy targets. A Smart Grid is an electricity network that can cost efficiently integrate the behaviour and actions of all users connected to it – generators, consumers and those that do both – in order to ensure economically efficient, sustainable power system with low losses and high levels of quality and security of supply and safety.

Smart Grids monitor, analyse and control the supply of electricity in a responsive and dynamic way, and  consumers also have more control over their consumption, thus helping to improve efficiency, ]reduce consumption,  lower costs and benefit the environment.

Germany is widely recognised as having one of the most efficient energy infrastructure networks in the world and has been at the forefront of smart grid development.   Germany’s much heralded ‘Energiewende’ (‘Energy Transition’) is one of the largest German infrastructural projects in modern times and is designed to make Germany one of the most energy-efficient and green economies in the world.  .

Paul Lynam, President of the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Siemens Ireland said “The Irish Smart Grid sector is still growing and with ambitious renewable energy targets to reach, facilitating efficient generation and distribution of electricity will become even more important the coming years. In recent years, there have been a number of successful German-Irish joint venture projects in the area of Smart Grid and the focus of our Smart Grid Summit is to further highlight the opportunities that exist from potential German-Irish joint ventures in the sector.

Bob Barbour, CEO, Smart Grid Ireland said "In order to meet the needs of a fully integrated European internal energy market, it is essential that European businesses work together and share their technical expertise towards building regional grid capacity and connectivity with the ultimate aim of empowering consumers."

"This is the fifth project of the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce in the area of smart grid since 2012", according to Aideen Keenan, Head of Marketing with the German-Irish Chamber, "which is testament to the continuing opportunities for co-operation between the two countries in the smart grid space. We have brought delegations of Irish stakeholders to Germany, hosted German delegations in Ireland, run a number of conferences and set up hundreds of individual meetings to explore business opportunities. As a result many German-Irish partners were established, for example in the framework of Irish test-bed projects - such as the Tallaght Smart Model City project - and large-scale EU consortia. The six German companies that are on this delegation have over 30 meetings set up over the next days across the country and we expect great results for the German and Irish companies involved."

 

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Editor’s Note:

The six participating companies include:

devolo AG
Leading European provider in power-line communication solutions, devolo has already sold over 25 million products within Europe. With several production locations and high-performance logistics, devolo SmartGrid is a strong partner for energy providers and network operators.

DVS.net
DVS.net has more than ten years of experience in the development and roll out of smart meter projects. DVS implemented the first smart meter roll-out in Germany and has since gained worldwide experience in both roll -out and pilot projects.

EICHHOFF
EICHHOFF has more than 50 years of experience in the development of inductive elements. This experience was integral to the development and patenting of the inductive coupler for Power Line Communications data transfer in medium and low voltage stations. Since 1938 EICHHOFF has been an independent family run company that has grown to employ over 120 people throughout the EU.

robotron
robotron is a highly recognised software company operating primarily across the energy market, developing application solutions for energy and process controlling.

SAE IT-Systems
The German company SAE IT manufactures telecontrol and substation automation technology for use in electricity, gas, heating, water, industry and infrastructure.

SAG
SAG is one of the leading service and system suppliers for electrical power, gas, water, and telecommunication networks. With their smart grid solution iNES (intelligent distribution grid management) SAG have developed the first true smart grid platform that enables the implementation of individual visions of a smart grid.

 

For more information, please contact

 

Nicole Jung

German-Irish Chamber of Industry & Commerce

Phone: + 353 (0) 1 6424-390

Email: nicole.jung(at)german-irish.ie

 

Selene Alford

MKC Communications

Phone: 01 703 8618

Email: selene(at)mkc.ie