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Brazilian and US firms partner to deliver smart grids

ELO and Trilliant join forces to provide “smarter energy” across Brazil and Latin America

The deal is set to boost smart grid power across Brazil and Latin America

A Brazilian metering provider and a US firm have teamed up to deploy smart grids across the BRIC country. Brazilian firm ELO Sistemas Eletronicos and California’s Trilliant have partnered to provide a smart grid solution across Brazil and Latin America.

Under the partnership, ELO will deploy smart meters compatible with Trilliant’s communications platform. This is a platform built for the energy industry which the company says enhances energy efficiency, improves grid reliability and lowers operating costs.

Marcos Rizzo, vice president of business development for ELO Sistemas Eletrônicos, said: “This collaboration will enable ELO to provide to its customers a fully transparent smart grid and smart meter solution based on transmission control protocol and internet protocol concepts, ensuring total interoperability of technology”.

“Combining Trilliant’s decades of communication expertise with our metering intelligence will help deliver smarter energy across Brazil and Latin America,” he added.

The deal will also allow Trilliant to sell ELO’s electric meters to customers in Latin America and throughout the world.

Walter Lowes, Trilliant’s managing director for the Americas, said: “This partnership with ELO is indicative of the significant opportunity that utilities in Latin America have to encourage continued economic growth to provide power in smarter and more efficient ways.”

The news from ELO and Trilliant marks the latest partnership in smart grid technology between Brazil and the US. In July this year, Brazil’s energy firm CPFL Energia announced that US firm Silver Spring Networks would deploy smart grid system across several Brazilian states.