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China Southern Grid EPRI and OSIsoft Enter Agreement to Collaborate on Smart Grid Project

China Southern Grid Electric Power Research Institute (CSG EPRI) and OSIsoft signed an agreement to collaborate on a Smart Grid project at the 24th U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) event today. Officials from the U.S., including Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Ambassador Gary Locke, were present at this signing ceremony.

This project will demonstrate ways that smart grid technologies can be integrated into CSG’s existing systems to enable better data integration and improve the reliability & efficiency of the electric power grid. The project is a high priority for CSG and represents a tremendous opportunity to share U.S. expertise and technology.

China Southern Grid has been an OSIsoft customer since 2006. The PI System was first deployed in the CSG’s Dispatcher Center in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China, for the Dispatcher Center’s Operations.

“With the PI System as our data infrastructure, we now have the ability to be more proactive and innovative as an electric utility,” said Dr. Li Peng, Vice President, CSG EPRI. “OSIsoft’s PI System has become the industry standard in enterprise infrastructure for management of real-time data and events. This is particularly true in the electric utility industry where the PI System has been recognized as the premier enterprise data infrastructure for Smart Grids in the U.S.”

Supported by this grant from USTDA, the PI System will be used to integrate data from CSG’s distribution operations, substations, and meters. China’s power industry is a very important market for OSIsoft and CSG is a strategic customer and business partner in the market.

“This pilot project for China Southern Grid will showcase the new capabilities, advanced analytics, visualization, and the value of OSIsoft’s PI System. China Southern Grid EPRI has always been at the leading edge of Smart Grid technology and development. This joint effort will raise it to the next level,” said Ann Moore, Director - Industry and Market Principals at OSIsoft.

About OSIsoft, LLC

OSIsoft delivers the PI System, the industry standard in enterprise infrastructure, for management of real-time data and events. With installations in more than 110 countries spanning the globe, the PI System is used in manufacturing, energy, utilities, life sciences, data centers, facilities and the process industries. This global installed base relies upon the PI System to safeguard data and deliver enterprise-wide visibility into operational, manufacturing and business data. The PI System enables users to manage assets, mitigate risks, comply with regulations, improve processes, drive innovation, make business decisions in real-time and identify competitive business and market opportunities.

Founded in 1980, OSIsoft is headquartered in San Leandro, CA, USA with operations worldwide and is privately held.

About China Southern Grid Electric Power Research Institute

China Southern Power Grid Co., Ltd. (CSG) was established in 2002, with its operations covering Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan, Guizhou, and Hainan. CSG has two branches, five majority-owned subsidiaries, and 300,000 employees. The power networks have currently an east-to-west span of nearly 2,000 km, with a total transmission length of 84,000 km, consisting of thirteen 500 kV-and-above backbone lines (eight AC lines and five DC lines).

Electric Power Research Institute Co., Ltd., CSG (hereinafter referred to as SEPRI) is a majority-owned subsidiary of CSG, jointly invested by CSG and Guangdong Power Grid Corporation, Guangxi Power Grid Corporation, Yunnan Power Grid Corporation, Guizhou Power Grid Corporation, and Hainan Power Grid Corporation. SEPRI was established on August 6, 2010 as a successor to the former CSG Technology Research Center, according to the “collective and integrated management” requirements of CSG. SEPRI is a National Certified Enterprise Technical Center, National Energy Large Grid R&D (Test) Center, and the governing authority of Kunming National UHV Engineering Laboratory.

SEPRI provides all-around technical support and services for the development, engineering, construction, operational safety, economy and quality, and information development of CSG. Its responsibility is to study the fundamental, common and prospective technologies related to power networks, and undertake national, provincial and ministerial, industrial, academic, and CSG’s key research programs.


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