Partner spotlight: GE, Alstom Grid, ABB, Elster, Veolia

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GE technology will save Nevada wastewater plant $100,000 annually
Council Lead Partner General Electric has installed its LEAPmbr membrane bioreactor technology to upgrade a wastewater treatment facility in the city of North Las Vegas, Nevada. The city's water reclamation facility administrator Dave Commons said: "Environmental and economic concerns led us to upgrade our wastewater treatment plant with GE's LEAPmbr technology, which provided us with a more energy-efficient and cost-effective way to operate our facility.  "The retrofit will give us a 29% energy reduction on membrane aeration and will save more than $100,000 per year in energy and maintenance costs." The newly upgraded facility --  one of the largest in the United States -- treats the municipal wastewater for more than 300,000 of North Las Vegas’ residents and processes up to 25 million gallons of wastewater per day.

Alstom Grid wins Crossrail contract
Council Lead Partner Alstom Grid has won its first contract for London's massive Crossrail project, which will result in a new east-west London railway with over 40km of new railway tunnels running through central London. Alstom will install cutting-edge protection and control systems for four key central section traction power substations which will It will allow operators to monitor and control substation equipment, protect the power flow to the railway and improve the traction power system operability, safety and reliability, said Andrew Myatt, from Alstom Grid SAS UK. The systems will be operational by 2018.

ABB helps turn on the lights at Costa Rica’s first solar-powered football stadium
ABB, a Council Associate Partner, has been the solar inverter supplier of choice for a joint project with Enertiva Energia Alternativa. The project is unique for Central America: It's the first solar installation on the roof of a football stadium – and not just any football stadium, but the iconic Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, locally called “La Catedral of Costa Rican football.” It is home of the La Liga Deportiva Alajuelense football club. The solar system, which is fully operational, is expected to generate nearly 400,000 kWh annually and annual electricity savings of approximately $148,000.

3 municipal utilities and a co-op sign on for Elster managed services
Elster, a Council Associate Partner, was chosen to automate meter data collection for municipal utilities in Quakertown, PA; Lamar, MO; and  the Frederick, CO and member-owned utility High West Energy in Wyoming. The utilities are replacing aging electricity meters with digital electronic meters equipped with communication modules and infrastructure. Under the Managed Services model, Elster maintains and manages the information technology infrastructure and software for the utilities. Each utility will receive regular reports with up-to-date meter data, and can also access meter data on demand.  "We are pleased to be able to move forward with this technology without the expense and risk of installing, staffing and maintaining the IT infrastructure and applications,” said Lynn Calton, City Administrator, City Utilities of Lamar.  Elster notes there has been a strong market trend toward greater outsourcing of AMI management.

Métropole Européenne de Lille selects Veolia for innovative new water service
The Veolia group has been awarded the contract for water supply in the Métropole Européenne de Lille (MEL). Beginning Jan. 1 of next year, 62 municipalities in the region of Northern France, adding up to more than a million inhabitants, will benefit from a new, innovative and highly efficient water service that will be sustainable and raise the international profile of MEL. The MEL contract will notably include the creation of an ultramodern control center developed with Council Lead Partner IBM that will integrate all distribution networks and water production plants in order to provide real coordination between production and supply. Council Associate Partner Veolia will set up a network of localized smart, connected sensors to ensure monitoring, traceability and continuous checking of the water. This will involve 1,000 fixed, latest-generation sensors to find leaks, 30 probes to analyze water quality 24/7, and 362 new meters to cover each sector of the 4,300 km network.

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