General Electric Co. (GE) and Glen Dimplex, a European home heating and appliance company, have signed a joint development agreement under which the two companies will make smart grid technologies available to European homeowners. Under the agreement, Glen Dimplex and GE will develop ways to integrate GE’s Brillion home energy management technologies into Glen Dimplex’s home heating products. “This agreement is about two companies with complementary capabilities aggregating their strengths to work toward commercializing HEM solutions in the European market,” said Kevin Nolan, vice president and chief technology officer at GE Appliances. “This collaborative effort leverages GE’s smart grid technology expertise with Glen Dimplex’s extensive European market penetration, which could help expedite product availability and support the European Union's aggressive climate and energy goals.”
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Smart energy needs smarter regulation
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