The first day of European Utility Week was packed with big market players, big speeches -- and very big announcements.
Over 8,000 international business professionals and experts, plus more than 400 exhibitors and 200 speakers, are present at Europe's largest and most comprehensive smart energy event.
Some highlights from Day 1:
Early in the morning, Siemens Smart Grid CEO Dr. Jan Mrosik (on the right) and Peter Molengraaf (CEO of the Netherlands grid operator and energy utility Alliander N.V.) signed a smart grid cooperation agreement. Through this alliance, these companies will jointly develop and promote innovations for intelligent power supply networks.
A few hours later, Siemens Dr. Mrosik delivered the keynote address: "Pulling in one direction: Reinventing the backbone for Europe's future growth, and steps towards the energy systems of the future." (Watch video)
Also today, eMeter, a Siemens Business, announced two new software applications: Equipment Load Management and Grid Data Vault. These tools will make it easier and faster for utilities to leverage energy consumption data in order to hit Europe's 2020 renewable energy targets, as well as address other business needs. Both applications run on eMeter's EnergyIP meter data management platform.
Finally, this afternoon Siemens and Accenture announced their new smart grid joint venture, called Omnetric Group, to enable more efficient network operation and greater supply security. Based in Munich, Germany, Omnetric Group will focus on solutions and services for system integration and management of the growing volume of data created as part of power grid operation. These offerings will enable utilities to integrate operational technologies such as real-time grid management with information technologies such as smart metering.
View the video of the Siemens & Accenture announcement on our near time reporting website.
Read more at Siemens Smart Grid Watch!