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Elster plans French facility to support ERDF smart meter rollout

Iain Morris
September 23, 2014

German smart meter player Elster has flagged its involvement in a smart-meter rollout by ERDF, saying it will open a new manufacturing facility in France to support the energy provider.

Elster (Mainz-Kastel, Germany) was named in early September as one of several high-profile smart meter vendors to have been selected by ERDF (Paris, France) for the project, whose ultimate aim is to replace 35 million meters in France with more advanced technology.

Smart meters should help to reduce costs for both energy providers and consumers by giving all parties a clearer understanding of how and when energy is being consumed.

Together with Itron (Liberty Lake, WA, USA), Landis+Gyr (Zug, Switzerland), Sagemcom (Rueil-Malmaison, France), Maec (Cahors, France) and Ziv (Zamudio, Spain), Elster will provide meters during the first phase of what ERDF is calling the ‘Linky’ project.

That will see approximately three million old-fashioned meters torn out and replaced with state-of-the-art devices that can transmit usage data to internet-enabled devices.

Elster’s G3 PLC technology is to be used during this phase of the project.

The German company says the G3 PLC device is based on international standards and will provide a robust and scalable solution that meets privacy, security and data protection requirements.

It has also revealed plans to develop a new manufacturing facility in France that will support its work on the ERDF Linky project.

The facility will develop meters until 2021, said Elster, when the second phase of the project is due for completion.

“We are thrilled to have successfully completed ERDF’s sophisticated selection process to design and deliver our world-class products and solutions for its smart meter rollout,” said Frank Hyldmar, the chief executive of Elster.

“Our Linky G3 solution is top of its class, and will support ERDF in its mission to increase energy efficiency while meeting new expectations and growing demand from all network users – including residential customers, producers, suppliers, professionals and businesses,” he added.
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