Partner spotlight: MasterCard, GE, Allied Telesis, Alstom and Schneider

Wed, 2015-01-28 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

MasterCard, African Development Bank collaborate on financial inclusion
Broadening access and usage of digital finance tools to promote shared prosperity is the aim of a broad collaboration between Council Lead Partner MasterCard and the African Development Bank (AfDB). In a  report at AllAfrica.com, AfDB President Donald Kaberuka said that despite the continent's phenomenal economic growth, not all have shared in it. "Growth has to be inclusive to be socially and politically sustainable," he said. MasterCard President and CEO Ajay Banga noted that less than one in four adults in Africa have access to an account at a formal financial institution. "We believe that through our payments expertise, and the AfDB's 50 years of experience in financing Africa's economic transformation, we can achieve scaled impact and lasting transformation,"Banga said. "This can only be accomplished when the public and private sectors combine resources and act together."

GE wins its largest wind deal in China yet
One of the world’s largest power generation companies -- China’s Huaneng Corp. – signed a deal for 55 of Council Lead Partner GE's 2.75-120 brilliant wind turbines. They'll be installed at the Huaneng Dali Longquan wind project in the Yunnan province of China. The project will provide 151 megawatts of power, making it GE’s largest wind order in China to date. The deal also includes a service agreement for two years of operations and maintenance. “We chose GE based on its proven reliability in other parts of the world, and the technology behind GE’s 2.75-120 wind turbine is well-suited for our local land constraints and the high-altitude project site,” said Lin Gang, president of Huaneng Renewables. “We are excited to collaborate with GE to bring more renewable energy to China.”

Allied Telesis adds wireless division
Council Lead Partner Allied Telesis, a leading provider of networking infrastructure and network solutions, has formed Allied Telesis Wireless™. The new division incorporates the former Extricom team and its product portfolio which Allied Telesis says has been deployed for over a decade in challenging environments such as large public venues, schools and hospitals throughout North America, Europe and Asia. “The formation of Allied Telesis Wireless, and the launch of the Extricom product line, will allow Allied Telesis to offer an unmatched, complete portfolio of wireless and wired LAN solutions to our customers," said Seiichiro Sato, the company's director of Global Product Marketing. Allied Telesis provides video, voice and data network solutions to clients in multiple markets including government, healthcare and education.

Alstom Grid supplies technology for cutting-edge PUD project
Snohomish PUD in Washington State recently dedicated what it says is the first battery storage system built on the cutting-edge Modular Energy Storage Architecture (MESA). The PUD’s MESA project, located at a substation in Everett, Wash., is designed to improve reliability and the integration of renewable energy sources. Council Lead Partner Alstom Grid was involved as supplier of the PUD’s EMS, SCADA & DMS platforms and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a member of the Council's Advisory board, provided research expertise in power systems. “The electrical grid needs to change to take on more renewable power, and standards-based storage and software will play major roles in that change,” PUD General Manager Steve Klein said. “MESA provides standard interfaces to bring more choices for utilities, reduces projects’ complexity and promises to lower costs.”

Schneider Electric partnership helps utilities personalize service
Utility customers tell researchers that they want to take more control over their energy use. A new partnership between Council Associate Partner Schneider Electric and PlanetEcosystems will help them. The initiative combines the automation and data analysis capabilities in Schneider Electric’s Wiser Home Management System with the big data capabilities in PlanetEcosystem’s customer engagement platform. The combined effort, called Efficiency Advisor, will allow utility customers to track their usage in real-time while providing personalized recommendations and offers to help them conserve. The plug-and-play platform will be rolled out to utilities throughout this year and next.

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