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Silver Spring Networks Inc., a networking platform and solutions provider for smart energy networks, has formed an agreement with Smarter Grid Solutions, a vendor of distributed energy resources (DER) integration solutions.

The company says customers will be able to leverage a solution that integrates Smarter Grid Solutions' autonomous grid management technology with Silver Spring's IPv6 smart grid networking platform. The combined solution will enable grid operators to manage and monitor renewable energy sources and grid devices.

The joint solution builds on Silver Spring and Smarter Grid Solutions' existing engagement in the Flexible Plug and Play project, which has been delivered to client UK Power Networks, the distribution network operator for London. In this project, Silver Spring's networking technology connects an array of distribution equipment across a deployment of intermittent wind and solar resources in Cambridgeshire, U.K. This deployment also successfully demonstrated the use of the IEC 61850 protocol across a radio mesh field area network.

"Utilities have enormous challenges in maintaining reliability while integrating new sources of generation using traditional network reinforcement and reliability schemes," says Eric Dresselhuys, executive vice president of global development at Silver Spring Networks. "By offering this proven solution to our customers, Silver Spring and Smarter Grid Solutions are enabling utilities, and ultimately the end consumer, to save money and enjoy the benefits of a cleaner, more reliable and more efficient energy grid."

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