Intelligent Distributed Control Echelon Corporation is leading the worldwide transformation of the electricity grid into a smart, communicating energy network, connecting utilities to their customers, enabling networking of everyday devices, and providing customers with energy aware homes and businesses that react to conditions on the grid. Echelon's NES System – the control networking infrastructure for the smart grid -- enables intelligent distributed control applications and devices that deliver maximum reliability, survivability and responsiveness. Through the ECoS platform, the NES system enables any device, speaking any protocol, connected over any network to be integrated into local decision making and connected securely to enterprise IT systems through virtually any IP network. The NES System helps utilities compete more effectively, reduce operating costs, provide expanded services and help energy users manage and reduce overall energy use. Echelon's LonWorks Infrastructure products extend the smart grid in to smart buildings factories, homes and other systems, powering tens of millions of energy aware devices – connecting them to each other, to the electricity grid and to the Internet. LonWorks based products work together to monitor and save energy; lower costs; improve productivity; and enhance service, quality, safety, and convenience in utility, municipal, building, industrial, transportation, and home area networks.
Facts & Stats
- Demand for electricity in the United States is expected to grow 30% by 2030. (EIA, Energy Outlook 2009).
- According to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), by 2011, fully 16% of the U.S. ‘s electric load will require digital-quality power.
- Increasing energy efficiency, renewable energy and distributed generation would save an estimated $36 billion annually by 2025. (DOE Modern Grid Strategy).