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Echelon Corp. has added new products to its Grid Modernization portfolio designed specifically for delta-wired distribution networks. Echelon says it now has a full suite of products available for utilities, in Norway and other countries, that offers more deployment options and supports governmental mandates for smart grids and smart metering.

These new Echelon devices are based on the Open Smart Grid Protocol, an open-standard protocol for smart grids in Europe, and include the following:

- MTR 1020 Delta Single Phase Smart Meter/Sensor;
- MTR 3020 Delta Poly Phase Smart Meter/Sensor;
- MTR 3520 Delta CT Smart Meter/Sensor; and
- DCN 1120/1220 Delta Data Concentrator.

Echelon says the new products build on features of the company's existing Networked Energy Services (NES) products, but are developed specifically for the needs of a delta distribution network. They include features such as voltage monitoring; a dual-disconnect switch for single-phase meters; support for a ground-fault-detection alarm feature; support for billable load profiles; expanded M-Bus reads; and the ability to identify broken medium-voltage lines and zero-fault conditions.

One of the first utilities to use these products will be Fortum Norway, which will deploy Echelon's smart metering system for its 100,000 electricity customers.

"We welcome the introduction of these new smart meters and data concentrators, both part of the NES system, and look forward to continued success in our deployment," says Lars-Erik Lindgren, project manager at Fortum Norway AMM. 


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