Smart Wires establishes European Headquarters in Dublin

Haroon Inam (Smart Wires Chief Technology Officer), Denis Naughten (Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment), and Gregg Rotenberg (Smart Wires President and CEO)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Denis Naughten TD visited Smart Wires HQ in Union City, California today where the company CEO Gregg Rotenberg confirmed the opening of Smart Wires’ European Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.  Smart Wires will create 40 jobs in Europe over the next 3 years with 10 of the roles being filled immediately in Engineering and Business Development.

This investment is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

Smart Wires technology allows electricity companies to route power around the existing grid reducing the need for new lines.   The solutions can be delivered and installed in weeks allowing power grid companies to respond much faster to the needs of generators, customers and communities.

Gregg has been highly impressed with European leadership on the energy transition “Smart Wires is experiencing most of our fastest growth in Europe. The need to decarbonize energy in a way that respects local communities is high on the agenda of European industry leaders and we are proud to have a solution that can help achieve this”.

Speaking from Union City, California Minister Denis Naughten T.D said “I very much welcome today’s announcement from Smart Wires. Technology is central to the Government’s plans for jobs and growth, and in the past two years we have added substantial jobs in this area.  I have been highly impressed by the talent and technology I have seen here today.  The news that Smart Wires is basing its European Operations in Ireland is a clear endorsement of our business environment and talented workforce and the leading role Ireland is playing in integrating renewable technologies onto the grid.”

Smart Wires was founded in 2010 and currently has a global team of over 200 engineers working to re-invent the power grid. The European team is delivering projects in the UK, Germany, France and Greece this year and is experiencing rapid growth across the continent.

Smart Wires Managing Director for the Europe Region, Michael Walsh added “This is a special company with technology that will change how utilities everywhere think of power grids. We can now solve problems in weeks that traditionally took years.  Our flexibility means we can respond to changing demands as they happen – saving customers money and reducing our impact on the environment and communities”.

Commenting on the announcement, Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland, said, “Smart Wires was attracted to Ireland due to the country’s international reputation as a location where companies can quickly establish their operations and rapidly expand using the strong pool of tech talent. The European HQ in Dublin will play a central role in the company’s international expansion.”

Smart Wires named one of the 50 Fastest Growing Companies by The Silicon Review


Smart Wires was featured by the Silicon Review in their annual 50 Fastest Growing Companies for 2018. Click here to read the full article, “Smart Wires Inc. — Powering the Future”

“Smart Wires’ most important assets combine to form a perfect storm,” says Gregg Rotenberg, CEO & President, Smart Wires, Inc. “We invest three times more than the industry norm in finding top talent. As a result, we are consistently securing incredible additions to our team.”

Smart Wires Chairman Thomas R. Voss to receive honorary degree from S&T

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Marie Hayden Announced as Smart Wires new Vice President of European Business Development

Smart Wires is pleased to announce Marie Hayden as our new Vice President of European Business Development to further grow our business. Marie joins us from EirGrid and brings with her extensive experience in the transmission system operations and planning, most recently as the Manager of Scenario Planning. She is very well-known in the CIGRE community and is a currently a member of the Administrative Council. “I’m incredibly excited to be part of the Smart Wires family and to work with this highly innovative company. Smart Wires technology is truly transformative and will change how system operators manage congestion on their networks. Our technology is a true enabler to achieving European energy policy goals, and I am very happy to be part of that story,” says Marie.

Smart Wires receives Clean Tech award at the 2018 East Bay Innovation Awards

 

Smart Wires is proud to accept the 2018 East Bay Innovation Award for Clean Tech! Paul Phillipsen, Sr. Vice President of Design Commercialization, was in attendance to accept the award. Over 100 East Bay companies and organizations were nominated across Alameda and Contra Costa counties. The Clean Tech category included products, services and processes that harness renewable materials and energy sources, dramatically reduce the use of natural resources, and cut or eliminate emissions and wastes.

Smart Wires hosts Australia’s Treasurer, Hon. Scott Morrison MP for tour

Smart Wires was delighted to host Australia’s Treasurer, Hon. Scott Morrison MP, in California for a tour of our R&D center and a discussion around how network businesses can use modular power flow control technology to lower customer electricity bills.  By optimizing the utilization of existing transmission lines, modular power flow control allows utilities to prioritize capital investments and to enable market access for low cost generation resources.  In 2017 TransGrid became the first Australian utility to install a Smart Wires solution (more information on that project here) and Smart Wires is now working with TransGrid and the other network business to deploy further projects across Australia.

EirGrid SmartValve Pilot Project Report

One of our partner EirGrid’s innovation focus areas is to maximize use of existing transmission infrastructure where possible. In Waterford, Ireland they have trialled Smart Wire’s Guardian™ technology to control power flows with real-time sensing capabilities. From this they are moving to deploy distributed series reactance (DSR) type technology for a full deployment by 2018. This will allow them to better utilize the capacity of existing lines which will help reduce the need for new infrastructure in the long-term.

SmartValve™ is an innovative device from Smart Wires that enables real-time power flow control on grids. It uses series compensation to increase or decrease reactance of a line, which causes power to be pushed away from or pulled onto the line. Please click here for a report that describes a ground-breaking pilot SmartValve project that EirGrid has conducted in association with Smart Wires.

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