Arnhem, The Netherlands --- (METERING.COM) --- December 7, 2010 - More than twenty companies in the Netherlands have come together under the name Smart Energy Collective to collaborate on the development of intelligent energy concepts.

The companies plan to set up a number of large scale demonstration projects across the Netherlands relating to smart grids with a total of around 5,000 private and small business end-users. Through this initiative, the Smart Energy Collective aims to gain the edge over developments made overseas.

The 23 participating bodies (in alphabetical order) are ABB, Alliander, Enexis, Eneco, Essent, GasTerra, Gasunie, GEN Nederland, Heijmans, HUMIQ, IBM, Imtech, Itron, KEMA, Logica, Nedap, NXP Semiconductors, Philips, Rabobank, Siemens, Stedin, TenneT and Unica Installatiegroep.

“Through this initiative, the participating bodies are taking a vital step toward developing the energy supply of the future,” commented Pier Nabuurs, chairman of the Smart Energy Collective Steering Committee and CEO of KEMA. “Collaboration and open innovation are fundamental to this. It is vital that the Netherlands is properly prepared for the future, including in terms of energy, and that it not only maintains but expands upon its competitive position.”

The Smart Energy Collective aims to anticipate future energy supply through open innovation, while consulting with end-users and other involved parties. The large scale demonstration projects are required for the practical development and testing of smart energy concepts and networks. The projects also need to ensure the sustainability of the country’s energy supply and advance the speed of commercial product innovation.

Membership of the Smart Energy Collective is open and discussions are under way with other parties to come on board.