Atmel and Wasion Group are to collaborate on the development of smart-grid technology in response to rapid adoption in China and growing interest in other parts of the world.
The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding they hope will drive the adoption of standards-compliant smart-metering solutions in global markets, based on power line communication (PLC) solutions developed by Atmel (San Jose, USA).
According to Pike Research, some 17.9 million smart meters have been deployed since the second quarter of 2012, with China – where Wasion Group (Changsha City, China) is based – the largest single market.
“Working with a leading supplier like Atmel [with] in-depth understanding of smart metering technologies will enable us to bring electricity meter and data concentrator solutions to market more rapidly,” said Wang Xuexin, the general manager of the overseas division for Wasion Group. “Through our collaboration, we will be able to accelerate development, field testing and rollout of smart metering solutions.”
Enthusiastic about its partnership with a company based in the burgeoning Chinese market, Atmel says the collaboration is aimed at helping utilities to achieve their energy and environmental policy goals.
“China is the fastest-growing market for smart meters with some of the most demanding requirements and specifications,” said Kourosh Boutorabi, the senior director of smart energy for Atmel. “We are pleased to have an opportunity to meet these challenges through our close collaboration with Wasion Group.”