Indian electric utility company Tata Power ordered some 4,700 smart meters from UK based IoT communications firm CyanConnode.The smart electric meters are expected to be delivered over the next 12 months for deployment under utility’s smart meter project in the Indian city of Mumbai.
The deal expands the cooperation between Tata Power and CyanConnode in deploying advanced metering infrastructure technologies.
In the previous deal, the two parties partnered on supply and deployment of some 10,000 smart meters. [Tata Power Mumbai picks UK’s Cyan for AMI solution].
Benefits of smart meter project
CyanConnode’s single and three-phase smart meters will be integrated with Tata Power’s meter data management system for provision of real-time consumer energy consumption data to help the utility improve management of its grid network.
The system will ensure Tata Power improves accuracy in billing its customers.
In a press statement, CyanConnode claims that its smart meters will ensure the power utility will improve its services to its 660,000 consumers in Mumbai by helping them reduce their energy bills.
[quote] The utility's smart meter project will pave way for drafting and implementation of energy efficiency and demand response programmes.
The advanced metering infrastructure system will help the energy company meet growing power demand due to its increasing customer base.
Currently, Tata Power has a total of 2.6 million customers whose number is anticipated to increase with the utility’s approval by the Jharkhand State Electricity Board to serve consumers in Jharkhand state.
Smart grid adoption
The Indian utility is seeking a number of initiatives which would result in it securing supply of energy as well ensure energy is adequately managed for reductions in non-revenue incidents such as meter tampering and transmission and distribution losses.
The utility firm is increasing its investments in clean energy resources and smart grid technologies.
In the first quarter of 2016, Tata Power in Delhi partnered with the University of California for research and development of energy efficiency technologies.
The agreement reached by Tata Power and the university, aims to develop cost-effective smart grid solutions including microgrid technologies for efficient energy distribution and increased integration of renewable energy sources onto grids in India and developing countries.
The partnership will also implement EV charging-smart grid interoperability and data analytics pilots. [Tata Power acquires RE firm to boost grid stability].
Praveer Sinha, CEO of Tata Power said: “… This collaboration is a vital step towards bringing innovative and cost-effective energy solutions to large sections of society in India and the developing world …"
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