Scottish technology company Smarter Grid Solutions has opened its first US office and signed global pacts with two major American smart grid firms.

At a ceremony at the new base in New York, the compnay signed agreements with Silver Spring Networks and HEVO Power.

Glasgow-headquartered Smarter Grid Solutions has already won a deal with Con Edison to model and simulate micrSmarter Grid Solutionsogrid applications for the New York metro area.

The official opening was attended by Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond – pictured (right) with Smarter Grid Solutions’ chief technology officer and co-founder Dr Bob Currie – who said that “decarbonising our energy, while maintaining the resilience of our power grid, is a challenge for communities across the world”.

He said Smarter Grid Solutions was “working to prepare the grid for important changes, like the growth in electric vehicles and new ways to store greener energy”.

Dr Currie said: “In the short time we have been operating in New York, we have identified significant opportunities to accelerate our growth and have already started work with a number of prominent organisations in the smart grid sector.

He added the company’s technology and solutions were “being well received and leading to important new business relationships”.