Several members of the FischTank PR team attended DistribuTECH (DTECH) last week, including Ashley Willis, Marissa Fiorentino, Matt Bretzius (who moderated this panel on Thursday) and Eric Fischgrund. Grid modernization and the incorporation of renewable and new energy sources are a priority for utilities, policy makers, tech providers and investors, and we were honored to participate along with clients, journalists and friends. As a top renewables and climate tech PR, FischTank makes it our business to immerse ourselves in this subject matter.

Many brands used DistribuTECH as an occasion to break news and make announcements. The intern team at FischTank PR decided to put a roundup together of press releases distributed during the conference for those who may have missed them:

Edge Zero Launches North American Expansion at DistribuTECH 2024 – EIN Presswire

“On February 26th, Edge Zero, an Australia-based energy technology company that provides real-time visibility and management of the low voltage (LV) electric grid, will launch its expansion into the North American market at the DistribuTECH International 2024 Conference in Orlando, Florida. The company will be exhibiting at the show in booth #3584 and will co-host Energy Transition: A Close-up Look at Australia with Schneider Electric.”

Sumitomo Electric Exhibits at DISTRIBUTECH International 2023 – Sumitomo Electric 

“DISTRIBUTECH International is the world’s largest electric power-related technology exhibition, attracting more than 500 exhibitors from around 100 countries involved in the power industry and around 12,000 visitors for specialized technologies, products, and talk sessions.

Sumitomo Electric will introduce its redox flow battery, a storage battery that stable power supply with features such as high safety, long life, and a high design flexibility. Presentations will also be made at its booth introducing the principles and features of the battery, as well as examples of past applications and the results of demonstration projects.”

Microsoft at DistribuTECH 2024: AI Transformation in the Power and Utilities Industry – Microsoft

“In an era where the imperative for clean, reliable, and accessible energy has never been greater, the industry is witnessing a significant shift. The transition to sustainable energy sources, while ensuring grid resilience and optimizing energy distribution, requires a leap in innovation and collaboration. Microsoft, along with our partners, is spearheading this shift, employing AI to not only enhance operational efficiencies but also to empower companies to meet the dual challenges of decarbonization and increased energy demand head-on.”

Bidgely to Demonstrate Power of AI for Enhanced Grid Management and Elevated Residential Energy Customer Experience at DistribuTECH 2024 – Business Wire

“Bidgely will take the stage at this year’s DistribuTECH International Conference February 26 – 29 in Orlando, Florida, showcasing the transformative role of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered analytics in connecting the customer and the grid side of the meter. Alongside fellow industry leaders, Bidgely will demonstrate how behind-the-meter intelligence is unlocking new opportunities for utilities”

Itron and Schneider Electric Join Forces to Modernize and Simplify Energy Distribution, Address Energy Transition – Energy Central News

“Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI), which is innovating the way utilities and cities manage energy and water, and Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, are collaborating to improve energy and grid management for utilities as homeowners and businesses increasingly adopt distributed energy resources (DER)—like rooftop solar, battery energy storage, electric vehicles and microgrids—at the grid edge. In a stepwise approach, the companies will integrate their intelligent grid and distributed energy resource (DER) management solutions to digitalize the demand and supply of electricity.”

EIPGRID and Intertrust Unveil World’s First Secure, Scalable Virtual Power Plant Technology – Business Wire

“Digital Energy leader, EIPGRID, today announced xVPP, the world’s first secure, open, and scalable virtual power plant (VPP) system built on Intertrust’s XPN secure IoT technology. Intertrust is the world’s leading provider of security and interoperability technologies for distributed IT/OT services. The announcement was made at the Distributech International conference, (booth #3613), being held in Orlando, FL this week.”

Parks Associates Co-Locates 15th Annual Smart Energy Summit at DISTRIBUTECH To Address Role Of Connected Home And Utility Partnerships For Future Of Energy Management – PR NewsWire

“Parks Associates will host its 15th annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer at DISTRIBUTECH, on February 27-28 at the Orange County Convention Center, Room W311GH in Orlando, FL, featuring new consumer research and insights from industry leaders.”

“Smart homes play a vital role in optimizing energy consumption, enhancing grid reliability, integrating renewable energy sources, and ultimately contributing to the development of a more sustainable and resilient energy infrastructure,” said Stephanie Kolodziej, VP, Energy, Clarion Events. “DISTRIBUTECH serves as the hub for electric utilities, enabling them to assist consumers during this crucial period.”

GE Vernova unveils grid data management software to unlock a smarter, more resilient energy network – GE

“GE Vernova launched GridOS® Data Fabric, the first data fabric designed for grid orchestration, to help utilities operate a grid that is both smarter, as renewable energy scales, and more resilient, as extreme weather events increase.” 

Verizon Business Showcases Smart Grid Solutions at DISTRIBUTECH – Yahoo  

“Verizon Business will demonstrate the future of connected energy through innovative smart grid and utility transmission solutions at this year’s DISTRIBUTECH, an annual event that showcases forward-looking technologies that power homes and businesses.”

Trilliant to Highlight Essential Solutions for Utilities and Smart Cities at DISTRIBUTECH 2024 – Business Wire

“Trilliant, a leading international provider of solutions for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), smart grid, smart cities and IIoT, will participate in DISTRIBUTECH 2024 in Orlando, FL, as both a sponsor and exhibitor from February 27-29, 2024” 

Looq AI Launches AI-Enabled Digital Twin Platform at Distributech 2024; Secures $2.6M from Top VCs – Business Wire

“Looq AI announced the launch of its groundbreaking AI-enabled digital twin technology, the Looq platform, a one-stop solution for surveyors, engineers, contractors, and asset owners to digitally map the physical world infrastructure in minutes, with survey-grade accuracy, enabling them to build and uphold a safer, more sustainable, and electrified future. Powered by a novel and fundamental computer vision and AI technology, the Looq platform now enables the frequent, and large-scale digitization of critical infrastructure for true asset intelligence. Established in 2021, Looq AI is a hardware enabled AI company dedicated to advancing critical infrastructure digitization and diagnosis. Looq’s founders and scientists have developed a new camera AI technology that makes survey-grade 3D capture cost-effective at scale with AI-enabled workflows, simplifying the process of generating geometrically precise, geo-referenced, and intelligent digital twins.”

Virtual Peaker Showcases Cutting-Edge Smart Grid Technology and Brings Distributed Energy Expertise to DistribuTECH – Virtual Peaker

“Virtual Peaker, the only end-to-end, self-service distributed energy resources (DER) management platform for utilities on the market will be showcased at the DistribuTECH International conference February 7 – 9 in San Diego, Calif. Visit Virtual Peaker at DistribuTECH and learn first hand about this innovative SaaS technology that streamlines DER management with DERMS, customer engagement, and demand forecasting tools. Energy experts will be on hand to discuss how to launch and scale demand response programs and demo tools that enable customers to harness DERs for a clean energy future.”

Gridspertise Showcases Edge Computing Solutions for Smarter, More Resilient Grids at Distributech 2024 – Yahoo! Finance

“Gridspertise, a global player dedicated to supporting utilities worldwide in accelerating the digital transformation of electricity grids, is at Distributech International in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 27-29, 2024, showcasing its Virtualization and Edge Processing Platform for MV and LV Grid Automation, a portfolio of solutions designed for the whole network ecosystem: cities, neighborhoods, homes as well as isolated areas.”

Landis+Gyr and SPAN Announce Partnership to Unlock Electrification and DER Flexibility at the Grid Edge – PR Newswire

“SPAN and Landis+Gyr (SIX: LAND) today announced a strategic partnership to cost-effectively advance electrification, create grid flexibility, and build resilience. The collaboration brings together two energy industry leaders to help utilities improve utilization of existing assets, unlock Distributed Energy Resource (DER) flexibility management, and enhance customer engagement.”

Laki Power Debuts Revolutionary LKX MULTI at Distributech 2024: A Leap in Power Grid Resilience – BNN Breaking    

“On 28 February 2024, at the Distributech conference in Reykjavik, Laki Power introduced the LKX MULTI monitoring station, a groundbreaking development in power line monitoring technology. This unveiling represents a significant stride in enhancing the robustness and efficiency of utility networks amidst the challenges of climate change and the surge in renewable energy integration. The LKX MULTI consolidates optical cameras, a meteorological station, and line sensors into a singular, compact unit, empowering utility companies to protect their infrastructure from extreme weather events and manage grid congestion more effectively.”

FischTank PR keeps our finger on the pulse of the industries our clients pays us to know inside and out. DistribuTECH 2024 was a blast, and we look forward to future sponsorships and participation in the future. To learn more about how FischTank PR manages media relations, speaker submission and marketing in support of attendance at events like DistribuTECH, please email [email protected] 

***DistribuTECH news roundup guest post from FischTank PR interns: Aimee Jean, Ella Perini and Jamie Steinberger

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