In Europe, Compton Greaves (CG), part of the Avantha Group, has secured a deal to supply data concentrators to Portuguese energy operator Energias de Portugal (EDP).
CG won a tender to supply PRIME Alliance-certified data concentrator units made by its Spanish subsidiary ZIV.
The ZIV 4CTT units, which received PRIME approval last year, are the second batch of data concentrators ordered by EDP.
A year ago, EDP began the deployment of PRIME Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) in Portugal, selecting CG as a supplier of data concentrators.
EDP Distribuição has already installed 3,000 DTCs within the scope of the InovGrid project.
InovGrid was conceptualised to introduce AMI improvements in the network, benefitting its customers.
The target for 2015 is to reach an aggregated figure of 10,000 PRIME DTCs.
PLC for smart grid programme
EDP Distribuição, an EDP Group company operating in the regulated distribution and supply businesses in Portugal, is also working with electronics group Efacec as a supplier of PLC data concentrators.
In April 2014, Efacec completed the supply of 2,000 PRIME-enabled SmartGate data concentrators to the utility, comprising 75% of the total concentrators needed for the smart grid programme, the company claims.
The concentrators are being used in MV/LV substations to add local substation monitoring and control as well as telecontrol interface.
A key partner of the InovGrid project, Efacec is a worldwide provider of smart grid products and solutions from smart metering to advanced SCADA/DMS/OMS and Distribution Automation.
Efacec, better known as a supplier of transformers and switchgear equipment, is new to the metering market and is looking to expand its services into southern Europe.