Interconnected devices crucial to smart grid success

Power Plus Communications' Dr. Uwe Braun addresses New Energy Economy Conference

London, 24th February, 2011 - Dr. Uwe Braun, Senior Vice President of Sales at Power Plus Communications (PPC), addressed the New Energy Economy Conference this week, to underscore the importance of interconnected devices to the evolution of the smart grid. Speaking at the annual event held at the Allen and Overy auditorium in London on the 16th February, Dr. Braun provided insight on the latest developments under the E-Energy Project, a pioneering German programme linking energy-saving technologies with communication systems.

"We are currently at the most challenging point with regard to energy consumption and the technologies now at our disposal," said Dr. Braun. "Broadband Powerline (BPL) technology, as provided by PPC, provides the backbone delivering the connectivity demanded by the intelligent consumer devices coming to market. These appliances will be essential in enabling the automation and consumer control so crucial to optimising future energy consumption."

The New Energy Economy Conference was held in conjunction with Energy and Utility Forum and brought together industry specialists to discuss the threats and opportunities emerging as government reforms are finalised for the new energy economy. As a specialist provider of BPL Communication systems for smart grids, PPC's leading-edge BPL solution forms the backbone for one of Europe's largest Smart City' projects, which is underway in Mannheim, Germany.

"It was a real honour to be given the opportunity to speak at such a prestigious event, and share our experiences and opinions with fellow peers," continued Dr. Braun. "Interconnected devices are vital in making data available through communications from the energy sector to devices, and allows the creation of more efficient cities such as Mannheim," continued Dr. Braun. "By giving the user greater control and the chance to take personal responsibility for their power consumption, the industry will help power the smart grid to success."

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Note to editors
Broadband powerline technology is key to the success of smart metering and smart grids. It uses existing power networks and converts them into IP-based real-time communications platforms to create instant, cost-effective, area-wide smart energy networks.

These networks are at the heart of smart metering and intelligent production, as well as load and storage management. They will help provide the information needed to make informed decisions on energy efficiency, the increased use of renewable energy and electric mobility.

About PPC
Power Plus Communications is Europe's leading supplier of broadband powerline communication systems (BPL) for smart grids. Pioneers of BPL technology, PPC has already connected more than 300,000 households with projects in Mannheim, Dresden and Linz, among others. The company was founded in 2001 as a spin-off of MVV Energie and ABB, but is now wholly independent. It has received funding from Climate Change Capital Private Equity, a trust fund of the British Climate Change Capital Group. Further partners of the Power Plus Communications AG are management and employees.

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