Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

SEI ST. PAUL, MN. – The corporate venture arm of 3M announced an equity stake in Toronto-based Smart Energy Instruments (SEI), which develops synchronous measurement technologies for smart grids. 

The move, said 3M, will speed up SEI’s efforts in developing electronic chipsets with high-precision, real-time monitoring capabilities for smart grids. It’ll also give 3M a bigger presence in the energy sector as the company works to build new platforms for the energy sector. SEI’s chips are a key part of 3M’s portfolio for grid automation, the company said. 

“We’ve hit several key milestones in our company’s growth, and the utility market is now primed to take full advantage of our smart grid technologies,” said SEI CEO Jeff Dionne. “We see 3M as an important strategic partner to jointly develop and commercialize innovative solutions for utilities and electrical equipment manufacturers.”

Several other existing stakeholders also stepped up their equity in the company, including Venturelink Funds, ArcTern Ventures and the Ontario Capital Growth Corp. Tallied up, the financial round totaled $5.6 million CAD.  

SEI’s technology is based on a core set of chips with “unprecedented measurement precision and low-power consumption that can be integrated into today’s intelligent electronic devices,” explained 3M. “It gives equipment manufacturers and utilities a huge competitive edge in functions such as grid load monitoring, fault detection and isolation.” 

 


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June 25, 2018

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Today we are all concerned with the energy we consume within our homes. But how many truly understand the ins and outs of home energy use, and where exactly does the electrician and the development of energy management systems come into play. There is much to consider when discussing home energy use. The consumer first off needs to be informed about energy use, how it is calculated and ultimately billed if they are to make changes to their energy consumption rates. But in terms of educating consumers does the residential electrician have a role? And beyond that are manufacturers developing products designed to help electricians and consumers better understand residential energy use? Throughout this article we will deal with each of these important questions.

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Total Electrical Solutions was founded in 2013 by Jeremy Herrington in Quispamsis, on the outskirts of Saint John, New Brunswick. Since 2013 Jeremy has steadily grown Total Electrical Solutions in the residential, commercial and construction sectors. The growth is primarily the result of Jeremy’s customer first philosophy, plus his over 20 years of industry experience.

Jeremy grew up learning about the industry from his father who was an electrical contractor. Jeremy spent his early years helping and watching his father as a contractor and business owner. After high school Jeremy was, like many, not wholly aware of the course he wished to take and so he began an electrical apprenticeship at his father’s company.

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