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Trilliant expands smart grid footprint in Southeast Asia

Iain Morris
August 12, 2014
Platform developer Trilliant has ramped up its smart grid presence in Southeast Asia through extensions to contracts with several leading utilities in the region.

Malaysia’s Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), the Philippines’ Manila Electric Company (Meralco) (Pasig City, Philippines) and Thailand’s Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) (Bangkok, Thailand) have all recently expanded the scope of work they are carrying out with Trilliant (Redwood City, CA, USA), says the company.

In Malaysia, TNB recently chose Trilliant as one of the technology partners involved in a smart grid pilot in Melaka state.

The utility, which serves more than eight million customers in Malaysia, claims the technology will give customers more control over their energy consumption and help the country cope with rising demand for energy services.

Filipino Meralco is similarly using Trilliant technology to deploy advanced metering infrastructure prepay solutions, while PEA in Thailand has selected Trialliant to support the deployment of broadband mesh communications for automation of its smart substation pilot project.

PEA says the new system will enhance reliability and quality, reduce downtime and allow it to monitor real-time operational status to reduce risk and maintenance costs.

“This project showcases how smart grid technology can help utilities deliver tangible benefits such as better quality and reliability, but also it gives us the flexibility to provide multiple other applications over the same infrastructure in the future,” said Pantong Thinsatit, the deputy manager of PEA’s system management center.

As Trilliant notes, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand are all members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which is looking to promote cooperation in energy efficiency and conservation and to develop more new and renewable energy resources.

Trilliant reckons smart grid technology could help the countries to modernize their energy infrastructure and meet these goals.

It claims to have enjoyed success in the region by making a strategic decision to use unlicensed frequencies, allowing it to take “the exact core technology from country to country”, and by noting utilities’ preference for a single communications platform for smart metering and distribution automation.

“We are honored to work with some of the most prestigious utilities in Southeast Asia,” said Bryan Spear, Asia Pacific managing director for Trilliant. “We look forward to our continued successful collaborations with these leading utilities, and other important stakeholders in the region, to build smart energy infrastructure that will help deliver benefits to their countries and societies.”
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