For the fifth year in a row, the PRIME Alliance welcomed over 40 participants from over 20 utilities, integrators and certification entities, for the annual Utility to Utility User Group Conference in Munich. This one-day conference highlighted the successful deployment of 21 million smart meters with PRIME Technology worldwide.
In addition to technical specifications and updates presented by representatives of various PRIME Task forces, five of the main utility members (CEZ Distribuce, EDP Distribuiçao, E-Redes, Iberdrola and UFD) have showcased their best practices and lessons learned for deploying smart meters with PRIME Technology. The first success story of the novel PRIME v1.4 pilot in Egypt was also shared among attendees, where the target for 2026 is 10 million Smart Meters.
Participating utilities received further clarification on how approximately 80 products have been PRIME certified by laboratory members, such as DNV-GL and Tecnalia. The conference was concluded by Mr Sanchez Fornié who presented a “welcome package” for interested utilities on how to decide, technically plan, deploy and support PRIME Technology.
“Utilities are rapidly evolving due to the energy transition for a cleaner environment and the digital transformation. Telecommunications are essential and PLC technology, as complemented as needed, will definitively have a place in the Smart Grids” inspires Mr Sánchez Fornié from the PRIME Alliance during the fifth PRIME Alliance Utility User Group Conference
About PRIME Alliance
PRIME (PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution) Alliance AISBL was created in 2009 to define an open and future-proofed communications PLC-based infrastructure to support large scale smart metering and other smart grid deployments. The PRIME Alliance has attracted key industry players, including Sponsoring Members El Sewedy, ZIV, Renesas and Corinex. The goal of the Alliance is to provide a framework in which the smart metering and smart grid industry have access to open detailed technical specifications in order to develop fully interoperable solutions, allowing multiple vendors to be operational within the same distribution network in one common system architecture. Detailed technical specs include Physical PHY layer and Medium Access Control MAC layer specifications.
The PRIME Alliance provides a forum for the definition, maintenance and support of an open and comprehensive standard for narrowband power line for Smart Grid products and services. The mission of the Alliance is to accelerate the demand for products and services based on this worldwide standard and promote the broad adoption and use of the specification while certifying multi-vendor interoperability and compatibility with the global standard. The Alliance is open to all potential partners who agree to actively support and promote an open and public specification for the benefit of the end-user and all industry stakeholders. Visit www.prime-alliance.org for more information or to join the Alliance.