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Trilliant and Malaysia's TNB announce smart-grid collaboration

Iain Morris
April 29, 2014
Trilliant has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Malaysia’s Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) that will see the two players collaborate on the development of smart-grid services for TNB customers.

The agreement comes during a trip to Malaysia by US president Barack Obama and could lead to bigger opportunities for US-based Trilliant (Redwood City, CA, USA) – whose smart-grid platform is used by a number of global utilities – given TNB’s (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) status as Malaysia’s largest electricity provider.

According to the MoU, the companies will look to exchange technical and training information and explore ways of delivering smart-grid benefits – including enhanced energy efficiency, improved reliability and energy security – to TNB’s customer base in Malaysia.

Trilliant says a partnership with TNB could help Malaysia to provide “affordable, secure and cleaner energy supplies” as the country looks to sustain its impressive rate of economic growth.

TNB currently claims to serve more than 8.4 million customers across Malaysia, while Trilliant has already worked with other leading utilities to enhance energy efficiency and lower operating costs.

The US company’s platform is now being used by more than 200 utilities worldwide, claims Trilliant, and has been developed specifically with the energy industry in mind.

Trilliant insists it is the only communications platform that will allow energy providers to integrate “disparate systems into a unified whole”.

The announcement of the tie-up between Trilliant and TNB follows recent discussions within the US-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Energy Partnership (USACEP) that occurred in advance of Obama’s trip to Malaysia.

The USACEP was established in November 2012 following talks between Obama, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the president of neighboring Indonesia.

Its purpose is to offer a framework for expanding energy and environmental cooperation across existing regional forums – with the ultimate aim of advancing efforts to ensure the region has affordable, secure and cleaner energy supplies.
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