Next week will be the first opportunity to meet face-to-face with some of our members, partners and others within the energy and smart utility community at Enlit Europe in Milan, Italy (30 Nov-2 Dec 2021). I think there’s a real appetite for meetings ‘in real life’ and we fully expect there to be plenty of debate and interesting conversations during the event.
Enlit itself also evolved since Wi-SUN Alliance was last there in 2019. For a start the Enlit Europe name is new, a unifying brand for what used to be European Utility Week and POWERGEN Europe. But the concept behind the event is the same – to bring together key players in the sector to address “how we harness, trade, deploy and use energy”.
The world is certainly not the same as it was two years ago, and we’re not just talking about a global pandemic. Never before has the spotlight been so firmly focused on the energy sector, and how providers can source, generate and deliver energy in sustainable way that will help shape the world’s future energy market, and, importantly, tackle climate change.
Enlit Europe will be the first major industry event following the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow this month. I’m sure many of the issues raised at COP26 will be front of mind next week, especially emissions targets and the pledge to go carbon neutral.
For Wi-SUN Alliance (stand 8.G10) this is business as usual, an opportunity to reinforce our credentials among utility companies, solutions providers and those offering smart utility and smart grid products and services. We already have some of the world’s biggest energy and utility and smart metering companies as members, and are continuing to see huge demand for standards-based interoperable products to support smart utility applications.
We are proud that Wi-SUN FAN technology is supporting some of the world’s largest smart metering rollouts, providing faster and more efficient meter reading, more accurate billing for consumers, and supporting true “smart grid” applications. But this is also an opportunity to look to the future.
With the next phase of Wi-SUN FAN development, we are delivering communications technology, which can support new and exciting smart utility applications as more IoT services are rolled out across the globe. This includes the integration of smart metering with renewables like solar and wind power where network stability and grid control is critical.
For those attending the event, join us on the Wi-SUN stand where we will be running a virtual Wi-SUN FAN demo – and of course available for in-person conversations.
A number of our members are also exhibiting so do take the time to catch up with Analog Devices, Energomera, Honeywell, Iberdrola, Iskraemeco, Landis+Gyr, NXP, Renesas, Sagemcom, Schneider Electric, Semtech, ST Micro, and Vango Technologies.
For more information on Wi-SUN Alliance at Enlit Europe, please visit: https://www.enlit-europe.com/exhibitors/wi-sun