BURLINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - Oct 3, 2011) -

Featured speakers include experts from the industry and KEMA:

  • Dr. George W. Arnold, Eng.Sc.D., National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability, NIST
  • Hugo van Nispen, President & Managing Director, KEMA Americas
  • Paul Leufkens, President, KEMA-Powertest, LLC

Dr. George Arnold was appointed National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in April 2009. He is responsible for leading the development of standards underpinning the nation's Smart Grid and also co-chairs the White House National Science and Technology Council's Smart Grid policy subcommittee.

KEMA, a leading authority in energy consulting, testing, and certification, today announced the grand opening of its Smart Grid Interop Lab (SGIL) in Erlanger, Kentucky. The SGIL is the industry's first and only independent test facility offering impartial verification of device interoperability. Successful smart grid deployments will depend on technologies' end-to-end integration and compatibility. KEMA's state-of-the-art lab will help utilities and vendors validate smart grid technology, understand interoperability standards, while integrating new technologies with existing assets. The SGIL leverages a suite of KEMA's own tools and technologies, as well as innovative new products from various manufacturers in the areas of low-voltage automation devices, meters, and consumer products. The SGIL will play an integral role in advancing the industry's various testing standards, cutting-edge technologies, and the creation of a national smart grid interoperability framework.

The grand opening will allow attendees to browse demonstrations by subject matter experts and network with KEMA management, industry stakeholders, and featured guest speakers discussing the importance of interoperability for the future grid.

Utility and manufacturing executives are invited to join KEMA at the grand opening to share ideas and experience a live working smart grid environment.

Register and learn more about KEMA's Smart Grid Interop Lab.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
1:00-7:00 p.m.

Smart Grid Interop Lab
4580 Olympic Boulevard
Erlanger, Kentucky 41018

About KEMA
KEMA is a global provider of business and technical consulting, operational support, measurement and inspection, testing and certification for the energy and utility industry. Our knowledge of innovative technology helps clients ensure the availability, reliability, sustainability and profitability of energy and related products and processes. KEMA Americas serves energy clients throughout North and South America and the Caribbean.