Smarter Grid Solutions and Scottish Enterprise Complete Scotland’s First Smart Grid Supply Chain Workshops.

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Smarter Grid Solutions, a world leader in Active Network Management for the smart grid, has just completed Scotland’s first workshops geared towards encouraging local companies to become active in the smart grid sector, an industry said to be worth £1 billion in the UK by 2020. The technology and consultancy companies that attended gained invaluable insights from the workshops and from key influential industry figures such as Prof Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice Chancellor at the University of Strathclyde and from David Rutherford, CEO of the Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC).

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The smart grid market is new and still not fully defined, however Business-as-Usual purchasing patterns are starting to emerge in various smart grid product and service areas, indicating a maturing market.

Three separate workshops targeted different aspects of the smart grid supply chain - End Users, Communities and Cities, and Transmission and Distribution, where attendees benefited from practical examples of companies successfully operating in the smart grid sector. Held across Scotland, the workshops also brought sought-after time with Scotland’s two Distribution Network Operators (DNO’s).

The workshops were the first of their kind under Scottish Enterprise’s “Smart Grid Action Plan”. According to Scottish Enterprise, “Scotland is an exemplar of Smart Grid adoption and a leading international provider of Smart Grid Technologies”. This vision also builds upon a European Commission report identifying the UK as the world leader in Smart Grid technology.

“Working with its delivery partners, Smarter Grid Solutions, the Scottish Enterprise Supply Chain Events Programme was developed to promote opportunities in the high growth, international market for Smart Grid technologies”. Said Ewan Cameron, Senior Manager Energy and Low Carbon Technologies, at Scottish Enterprise.

"To date, the first three events have proved successful in attracting a large number of Scottish SMEs across the power engineering, ICT and renewable sectors. We hope to build upon this success, with additional events to be announced in early 2015”.

“There are many real market opportunities set out for a wide spectrum of Scottish organisations to chase down. Many of the workshop participants noted that the smart grid market is new and still not fully defined, however Business-as-Usual purchasing patterns are starting to emerge in various smart grid product and service areas, indicating a maturing market”. Commented Graham Ault, Development Director and Co-Founder at Smarter Grid Solutions.

About Smarter Grid Solutions

Smarter Grid Solutions delivers products and services that enable Distributed Network Operators (DNOs) to integrate Distributed Energy Resources (DER). The company provides world-leading Active Network Management products, and is the only provider to uniquely combine real-time, autonomous and deterministic control into its Active Network Management solutions. Its products are transforming the utilisation and resilience of the grid, and managing connected customers at greatly reduced cost, without compromising safety and security. It supports customers worldwide from its offices in Glasgow, London and New York.

The company was formed in 2008, originating from the world-renowned Institute for Energy and Environment at the University of Strathclyde, and it is Europe’s leading vendor of DER integration solutions. It established its offices in Brooklyn, NY in 2013, and is now an active contributor to the development of the Smart Grid in many parts of the USA.

About Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise is Scotland's main economic development agency and aims to deliver a significant, lasting effect on the Scottish economy. Our role is to help identify and exploit the best opportunities for economic growth. We support ambitious Scottish companies to compete within the global marketplace and help build Scotland’s globally competitive sectors. We also work with a range of partners in the public and private sectors to attract new investment to Scotland and to help create a world-class business environment.

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