Member spotlight 6.13.14: GE, Microsoft, Alstom, Schneider, UST Global

Fri, 2014-06-13 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Annobon Island photo by Bioko IslanderScroll down to read about some interesting developments involving Council members.

GE tapped for historic solar storage project in Africa

The government of Equatorial Guinea selected Council Global Partner GE to provide the energy storage system for a new 5-megawatt solar microgrid, the largest self-sufficient solar power system in Africa. Along with MAECI Solar and Princeton Power Systems, GE will build a solar farm on Equatorial Guinea's Annobon island province, creating enough electricity to meet 100% of the island's current demand, according to GE. Currently, the island's 5,000 residents have access to reliable electricity for five hours per day, and spend around 15% to 20% of their total income on additional electricity, the company said. "GE's energy storage technology will help enable reliable, predictable power for the residents of Annobon through balancing the real-time supply and demand of solar and withstanding extreme heat environments without the need for air conditioning. This is an ideal technology for microgrids like Annobon Island," said Jeff Wyatt, General Manager of GE's solar and energy storage business.

Techno Brain and Microsoft vow to help African cities "do new with less"

A leading IT solutions provider in Africa, Techno Brain, is teaming with Microsoft on its CityNext initiative to help African leaders to "do new with less” by combining the power of technology with innovative ideas. "Microsoft solutions will provide us with greater opportunities to help city customers transform their operations through familiar, secure technology and devices; engage citizens and businesses through social media and apps, and accelerate innovation opportunities through community development and workforce training programs,” said Manoj Shanker, Techno Brain Group CEO.

Alstom will help manage electricity demand in NYC

As part of a Department of Energy Smart Grid Demonstration Project, Alstom has been awarded a contract to deliver a Demand Response Management System (DRMS) to Con Edison, which provides electric service to 3.3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, NY. Alstom's DRMS will allow Con Edison to efficiently use consumer loads to manage energy supply and demand, with incentives offered to electricity customers to reduce consumption during periods of peak distribution system demand – such as hot summer days, or to alleviate stress on the distribution system.  Alstom's DRMS is a system that integrates residential, commercial and industrial demand response programs and device technologies; it can be used from small pilot deployments, such as handling new, initial automated demand response programs, to large industrial-grade DRMS needs.

Schneider to India: We can help

The tourist city of Puri will be the first in India to commission an advanced smart grid solution from Council Associate Partner Schneider Electric, according to The Hindu BusinessLine. But it appears to be just the beginning. The report mentions a number of other cities where Schneider will be implementing smart grid solutions. Meanwhile, a story in The Economic Times quotes Prakash Chandraker, Vice President and Managing Director of Schneider's Infrastructure Business, on new Prime Minister Narenda Modi's plan to build 100 new smart cities in India. "We are looking at providing smart city solutions in the proposed cities," Chandraker said. "We have a range of power products -- transformers, switchgears, primary and secondary equipment for the smart cities."  Schneider has 32 factories in India, according to BusinessLine, and employs 19,000 people in the country.

UST Global targets patient-centered healthcare

UST Global, a Council Associate Partner and leading provider of IT services and solutions, this week unveiled its plans to enter the burgeoning market of patient-centered health information. It will provide a palette of services based on the Blue Button initiative launched by President Obama in 2010 to enable patients to access their own healthcare information from a variety of sources. "Easy access to personal health information is unnecessarily difficult today," said Bipin Thomas, president of UST Global's Health Group. "We believe that patient-centered access is the right model to exchange personal health information between clinical care providers, their customers, and their customers' caretakers. Blue Button has clearly emerged as the way to achieve that goal." The company also announced a strategic alliance with Amida Technology Solutions of Silver Spring, Maryland. Amida recently released its first product, a healthcare software component based on Blue Button.

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