Trials this summer will test the viablity of using electricity cables for data transmission.
About 80 companies throughout Europe are working on projects under the aegis of the PLCforum, a central pooling house for the technology known generically as `powerline’.
Electricite de France and Enel in Italy are already conducting tests, and Swiss manufacturer Ascom is preparing to carry out a further 12 pilot projects.
UK regional electricity company Norweb abandoned plans to develop a similar technology in September, after trials at sites in Manchester. The company said that despite the technology’s proven ability, projected business volumes would be insufficient to justify the investment required.
But Olga Zablocka, an adviser to the forum, said that Norweb’s had been one of the earliest technologies and the market for those now under development was much greater.
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