Siemens and Mitsubishi team in Japan on meter data management


EnergyIP will act as a central platform for meter data management for the three million smart meters set for deployment by Shikoku Electric Power Company between 2016 and 2024.

Siemens confirmed that Mitsubishi Electric will integrate its Blender metering system with EnergyIP to come up with a joint solution able to meet the utility’s requirements on Shikoku, the fourth largest island in Japan.

EnergyIP will collect, record and process the consumption data of the meters, and support the transmission of data to downstream business processes while Blender extends EnergyIP.

Commenting on the collaboration, Thomas Zimmermann, CEO of the Digital Grid Business Unit of Siemens’ Energy Management Division, said: “Modern smart meter infrastructures installed in Shikoku aim at meter reads of up to two times an hour instead of once a month.

“For utilities, this means they need to process much more than thousands times the amount of data. EnergyIP is a solution that can satisfy this requirement.

Mr Zimmermann added: “We are expecting further collaboration with Mitsubishi Electric in Japanese and global projects not only for electric power companies but also for gas and water companies where EnergyIP has vast track records in many countries.

“Siemens will continue to contribute with expandable software such as SCADA systems conforming to global standards to the Japanese market.”

Energy IP platform

In other Siemens news, earlier this month the company said it would license its Decentralized Energy Management System based on EnergyIP platform, to RWE, an international energy company based in Essen, Germany, to build the IT backbone system for a mass-market-ready virtual power plant, reported Forbes.

According to RWE, a virtual power plant is a centrally-controlled system of “distributed power stations, like wind farms, CHP units, photovoltaic systems, small hydropower plants and biogas units, but also of loads that can be switched off, in order to form an integrated network.”

In 2010, Siemens and RWE conducted a virtual power plant pilot project that included hydro power plants, combined heat and power units and emergency power systems in a demonstration project.

The pilot demonstrated the technical and economic feasibility of the virtual power plant concept.

The new partnership announced last week will build on the previous pilot by developing an energy information and control system used to integrate a large number of distributed energy resources into RWE’s Smartpool system.