Alstom and Microsoft team up to deliver smart grid

In a move which may facilitate the widespread development of distributed generation, Alstom Power's Energy Management Business (EMB)has announced it will collaborate with Microsoft to deliver the next generation of IT system for the power industry.

The initiative will introduce Microsoft technology into Alstom's software product development and the companies will collaborate in three areas, including R&D on IT and power generation control platforms, both for conventional and renewable energy, product marketing; and initiatives to accelerate the integration of third-party software applications.

The first development will focus on integrating power plant control systems with business IT applications but Alstom sees Microsoft technology as a strategic facilitator for future smart grid and smart power environments. Jon Arnold, managing director, Microsoft Worldwide Utilities Industry said: 'We…share a vision of the innovation needed to create the smart energy ecosystem of the future that will help address issues like resource adequacy and operational efficiency as well as environmental concerns.'

The first implementations based on the new and expanded use of the Microsoft platform will be at Alstom's Fujairah (UAE) and Flevo (Netherlands) power plants before the end of this year.

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