EUREF Community - Newsletter Nr. 8 2020
Introducing: Smart Wires – Reimagine the Grid
April 23, 2020
Germany, as a trendsetter in the energy transition, is central to Smart Wires’ global strategy. Earlier this month, Dr. Susanne Nies joined the company as General Manager for Germany. She previously worked in Paris and Brussels as a senior fellow of the IFRI energy program, and as department head at the associations EURELECTRIC and ENTSO-E. At ENTSO-E, she headed strategy, research and communication until March.
“Right from the start, only one location was considered for setting up Smart Wires’ Berlin office: the EUREF campus,” says Susanne Nies. “Many important players have already settled here, such as GE Energy, Fraunhofer, KIC InnoEnergy, or Stromnetz Berlin. We are in good company in this real laboratory for the energy transition. We look forward to the exchange and will actively contribute to its success,” she says.
Michael Walsh, Managing Director of Smart Wires Europe, emphasizes: “Smart Wires’ motto is ‘Reimagine the Grid’. We are a global company based in Silicon Valley. Our unique technology was developed a few decades ago – designed by Georgia Tech graduates and evolving ever since. Smart Wires, which makes a significant contribution to the energy transition, provides solutions that optimize power grids significantly. Without efficient grids, no energy transition is possible. The use of power electronics enables a significant cost reduction and grid optimization, with the same high level of security of supply The European headquarters of Smart Wires is Dublin and projects in Ireland, the UK and some other European countries have already been successfully launched. Germany is now our focus. We are delighted to have such an energy industry expert as Susanne Nies join us to further our business activities in Germany and Europe.”
Smart Wires is currently completing a study with RWTH Aachen University, which shows the savings potential of ‘Smart Valve Solutions’ technology. The promising results will be presented publicly in summer 2020.
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