Partner spotlight: GE, Cisco, Alstom Grid, Bechtel, Intel, Space-Time Insight, OSIsoft

Fri, 2015-07-24 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

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GE solution aids seawater desalination efforts for island of Bonair
Council Lead Partner GE will supply its Procera water filtration equipment package for a seawater desalination plant expansion project in Hato on the Caribbean island of Bonaire. The desalination plant is responsible for providing clean drinking water for the entire island, which is located about 80 kilometers north of Venezuela. The project is an expansion of the current desalination plant, which GE operates for the island’s water and electric utility under a “build, own, operate” contract. The new, permanent facility will supply 1,600 cubic meters a day of desalinated water to meet the growing clean water needs for the island’s residents and business. “With clean water more precious than ever around the world, our solutions can deliver reliable supplies of fresh water from just about any salt water source, including seawater," said Yuvbir Singh, general manager, engineered systems with GE. Bonaire is a special municipality governed by the Netherlands.

Cisco plans big investment in UK's digital economy
CEO John Chambers told the Wall Street Journal recently that Council Lead Partner Cisco will invest $1 billion in the UK's tech industry over the next five years through venture capital investments to support local startups, education programs and job creation. "Europe is leading in digitalization," he told the WSJ. "In the U.K., Prime Minister Cameron gets it." The investments, he indicated, would focus on cybersecurity, the Internet of Things and smart cities. Chambers, who has led Cisco since 1995, is stepping down as CEO July 26 but will serve as executive chairman.

Alstom Grid supplying substation automation for UK offshore wind farms
The Dong Energy contract involves the Race Bank wind project off the Norfolk Coast, the Walney Extension in the Irish Sea and the Burbo Bank Extension in Liverpool Bay. All three are currently in various stages of development and all will feature Council Lead Partner Alstom Grid's DS Agile, the company’s next generation digital control system for smart substations. "Alstom is offering DONG Energy a state of the art substation automation solution that will help them manage intermittent power flows in a flexible manner," said Alstom VP Hervé Amossé. The UK has potentially the largest offshore wind resource in the world and could contribute 15% of the European Union’s 20% renewable energy target. 

Bechtel and Intel execs named to STEM Leadership Hall of Fame
Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr., Senior Director of Bechtel Group, and Craig R. Barrett, retired CEO/Chairman at Intel, were among the inductees in the U.S. News & World Report hall of fame that recognizes leadership in advancing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and workforce development across a number of sectors, from government to industry to education. Bechtel, a Council Lead Partner, supports STEM efforts around the world and it stewardship program includes five nonprofit partners: DiscoverE, Engineers Without Borders, FIRST, Junior Achievement, and Ocean Exploration Trust. Barrett, who stepped down as Intel chairman in 2009, is a leading advocate for improving education in the U.S. and around the world. He has also been a vocal spokesman for the value technology can provide in raising social and economic standards globally. Intel is a Council Associate Partner.

Space-Time Insight supports German utility's project with renewable energy analytics
The project, which aims to increase the integration of distributed and renewable energy sources across EWE’s service territory in northwest Germany, will make use of Council Associate Partner Space-Time Insight's expertise in situational intelligence. The company offers real-time visual analytics applications that correlate data from multiple, disparate data sources to solve complex challenges such as optimizing capital investments, reducing outages and improving regulatory compliance. Space-Time Insight will help EWE identify and capitalize on near-term opportunities for renewables integration, as well as establish analytical and visualization capabilities across the smart grid and smart markets.

USTDA grant allows Turkish utility to explore capabilities of OSIsoft's PI System
A grant from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to Turkish electrical utility company, Kayseri ve Civarı Elektrik Türk A.Ş. (KCETAŞ), will allow it to investigate the deployment of Council Associate Partner OSIsoft's PI System software as a real-time data infrastructure. The U.S. funded grant is aimed at facilitating U.S. trade and to help Turkey improve the electrical transmission infrastructure. "USTDA is pleased to partner with OSIsoft and KCETAŞ on this project, which we believe could have a transformative effect not only in Kayseri, but across the entire Turkish distribution grid," said USTDA Director Leocadia I. Zak. "By successfully demonstrating the utility of this leading U.S. technology, we hope that OSIsoft and other U.S. firms may gain greater access to the vast smart grid project opportunities in Turkey."

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