Airwave, the provider of critical voice and data communications to public service organisations in Great Britain, has been confirmed as the chosen partner by Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) for a ground breaking smart grid project, Northern Isles New Energy Solutions (NINES) they are running in the Shetland Islands.
According to Euros Evans, chief technology officer, Airwave: ‘This is a huge privilege for Airwave to be selected as a partner to SSEPD to deliver a truly innovative smart grid project. Airwave will be leveraging its existing capabilities in its vast national network and bringing to market new technology that supports demand-side management.’
Working with SSEPD, Airwave will deploy a communications and control service that will enable SSEPD to better support consumer energy demands through improved management of demand and supply of electricity to almost 750 homes on the Shetland Islands.
‘SSEPD, along with the NINES project partners, have developed a solution which delivers economic benefits for the area, reduces the islands’ carbon footprint and, crucially could cut costs for customers.
A reliable communications system is central to making all that happen,’ said Stewart Reid, future networks and policy manager, SSEPD.
As part of the contract, Airwave will deploy state-of-the-art radio technology and develop in-home devices and management platforms for SSE to reliably control the peaks and troughs of energy supply.
‘Sustainability is also a key component and we endeavor to reuse existing assets, such as mast sites, to ensure that we operate responsibly as a business. We have now opened the way for taking part in the evolution of our Utilities customers and the Low Carbon future,’ concluded Evans.