ESSEN, Germany, June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
-—New technology further strengthens Elster's gas measurement portfolio-—
Elster (NYSE: ELT) announced today that the company has acquired the gas chromatography assets, including sophisticated proprietary intellectual property, from SLS Micro Technology (SLS), a private company based in Hamburg, Germany.
The SLS technology is especially effective at assessing downstream gas quality as gases from different sources, including biogas, shale gas and substitute natural gas, are added to the gas distribution stream.
Gas chromatography is used to analyze the quality and chemical composition of natural gas and is a core component of Smart Grid solutions for natural gas. Gas chromatography also has multiple laboratory applications.
"The addition of this innovative gas chromatography technology from SLS further strengthens Elster's position in the emerging biogas and shale gas markets. These sources of gas require precise volume and quality measurement as they are mixed in with more traditional natural gas sources," said Michael Calovini, executive vice president of Elster's international gas business.
Elster plans to integrate the technology from SLS into its existing gas measurement and quality solutions at its gas quality competence center in Dortmund, Germany. The new technology will extend Elster's existing gas quality portfolio of fast sensor systems (gaslab Q1) and high-end process gas chromatographs (EnCal 3000) with an additional series of smart micro-gas chromatographs for energy measurement applications.
Elster (NYSE: ELT) is one of the world's largest electricity, gas and water measurement and control providers. Its offerings include distribution monitoring and control, advanced smart metering, demand response, networking and software solutions, and numerous related communications and services -– key components for enabling consumer choice, operational efficiency and conservation. Its products and solutions are widely used by utilities in the traditional and emerging Smart Grid markets.
Elster has one of the most extensive installed revenue measurement bases in the world, with more than 200 million metering devices deployed over the course of the last 10 years. It sells its products and services in more than 130 countries across electricity, gas, water and multi-utility applications for residential, commercial and industrial, and transmission and distribution applications.
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