San Jose, United States —ESI-AFRICA.COM — 30 March 2011 – American-based Echelon Corporation “’ which is leading the worldwide transformation of the electricity grid into an energy control network “’ has announced that the fourth largest utility in Denmark, NRGi, has selected Echelon’s Networked Energy Services (NES) smart grid control system for implementation throughout its services territory.

The system “’ which will be on show at Transmission and Distribution Europe in Copenhagen next month “’ includes the award-winning Echelon software for sensing, monitoring and control applications for the low voltage grid and smart meters for nearly 150,000 homes and businesses.

With this latest win, Echelon, working with its value-added reseller partner Eltel Networks A/S, has secured nearly 50% of the Danish utility awards for advanced metering systems, resulting in clear market leadership for Echelon and Eltel. Revenue to Echelon over the initial deployment of smart meters and associated infrastructure hardware and software is expected to be about US$16 million.

Echelon may also sell software maintenance services and spare parts for growth through 2026. Shipments are targeted to begin in the second quarter of this year, with the initial deployment phase expected to be completed within 12 months.
“Echelon and Eltel stood apart from other choices because they can help us achieve our goals.” said NRGi CEO Soren Sorensen. “With the NES system we are implementing an extensible smart grid control solution rather than just smart meters.”

Eltel Networks CEO Axel Hjarne added: “With Echelon, we are helping to reshape the energy market by providing utilities opportunities to build a truly smart grid that can enable new levels of reliability and performance while giving consumers active opportunities to save energy.”

Echelon’s NES smart grid infrastructure consists of a web services based network operating system that interacts with a family of highly integrated, advanced electronic electricity meters and other smart grid devices over an IP network infrastructure.