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Siemens to provide smart grid platform to E.ON in Germany

Iain Morris
August 5, 2014
Germany’s Siemens has revealed that energy provider E.ON will make use of its smart grid platform when introducing new intelligent metering systems in Germany.

Siemens (Munich, Germany) claims its EnergyIP platform will allow E.ON (Dusseldorf, Germany) to operate as a distribution system operator, a metering service operator and a metering service provider.

The platform should also help E.ON to manage its intelligent metering systems, which are being rolled out in accordance with German legislation.

Grid operators in Germany expect to have intelligent metering systems installed nationwide from 2016, requiring millions of devices to be installed in the country in the near future.

According to Siemens, the rollout of intelligent metering systems will present various challenges for German utilities but also open up new business opportunities in future.

“By refining and adapting our EnergyIP smart grid platform, we will be actively supporting E.ON with its project and helping structure the rollout scenarios in Germany with the skills we offer as a leading technology provider,” said Jan Mrosik, chief executive of the Siemens Smart Grid Division.

E.ON believes the smart meter deployment will move its relationship with customers on to a “more direct footing”.

“It will be technologically possible to actively involve our customers in the energy world of tomorrow,” said Alexander Montebaur, head of the networks business area at E.ON Germany. “To be certain of mastering the new complexity at this sensitive juncture, we at E.ON have deliberately chosen to work with a powerful, internationally active partner.”

The Siemens platform is said to comprise a meter data management system, a system for managing smart meter gateways and a smart meter gateway head-end system for communicating with intelligent metering systems.

E.ON and Siemens say they have also agreed to work on a development partnership to make a range of applications available on the EnergyIP smart grid platform.
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