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SMART WATER SOLUTION Aquadvanced is an innovative solution developed by SUEZ to support water distribution operations. It helps monitor and control the water supply networks by providing a dashboard and optimisation tools to support efficient decision-making. Bringing together multiple IT systems, the device allows water operators to evolve from traditional to smart network management. The product addresses each component of the urban water cycle, including the resource, the treatment system, transportation and distribution. It includes a suite of dedicated modules based on a framework of functions known as the Aquadvanced Foundation which is fully integrated with the operation information system. Modules include hydraulic monitoring, energy management, water quality data collection and resource management. They can be specified for an explicit role within the drinking water cycle or they can be used across the whole network. SUEZ is currently working in Barcelona, where Aquadvanced operates across a network of 3.9 million people delivering 200 GL/year of water through a network of 4600 km of pipes. Through this partnership, the city has demonstrably reduced water losses and optimised its network operations. Similar partnerships are in place in Versailles, France (20 GL/year), in Macao, China (90 GL/year) and in Casablanca, Morocco (190 GL/year). SUEZ is seeking opportunities to work with water providers to introduce this technology in Australia. SUEZ www.suez-environnement.com

SOLAR INVERTERS Redback Technologies is launching a second generation version of its smart hybrid inverter and a family of grid-tie inverters. The Single and 3-Phase Grid Tie Family and the Generation II Hybrid solar inverters will help households and commercial users increase the percentage of solar power they consume, improving the payback from solar panels and helping to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. The products make use of the Internet of Things and cloud technology to give users more options. The grid-tie family is said to revolutionise the traditional inverter, which converts DC power generated by solar panels into AC power for general use. The range incorporates Redback’s cloud-enabled intelligent system for analytics and remote control, the Ouija Board. The Ouija Board is also found in the Generation II Hybrid for household use; a second-generation inverter that is battery- and solar panel-agnostic. Redback’s system will use machine learning to gather intelligence over time, learning from user preferences as well as drawing data from external factors like the weather. So when the sun is shining, the system will ensure the batteries are full and household appliances, like the pool pump and hot water system, are turned on. The idea is to maximise the energy users are producing by using their appliances before they store it in batteries. The company’s products are hosted in Microsoft’s Azure IoT Suite cloud platform, ensuring easy updates and upgrades as technology develops. The hardware and software are integrated from the very beginning. Redback Technologies Australia www.redbacktech.com

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