Seminar to focus on smart grid, meter development


TAIPEI, Taiwan — Experts from the United States will share their experience in developing smart meters and smart grids at a seminar in Taipei today as Taiwan works to promote these technologies to use generated electricity more efficiently.

Belvin Louie, an information technology manager with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) who is in charge of smart meter solutions, will talk about how the U.S. set up smart meter infrastructure, Taiwan’s semi-official Institute for Information Industry said in a recent statement.

Michael Navid, the general manager of California-based Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., will deliver a speech on communication technology and interoperability for smart grid and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) applications, the statement said.

Smart grids and smart meters use the latest software to create applications that enable a more rational use and distribution of electricity.

At the seminar, local experts will also give presentations on future plans for smart grid development in Taiwan and how Taiwan applies information and communications technology in the field.

More than 72 percent of the world’s power companies have engaged in establishing AMI systems, according to recent figures released by consultancy firm IDC Energy Insights.

The Taiwan government has vowedto build a smart grid infrastructure and hopes to make the country one of the global leaders in the field.