Danish utility company Aalborg District has invested in a large-scale project that will digitise and improve the energy efficiency of the future district heating system.Aalborg District has contracted smart metering Kamstrup to deliver 38,000 intelligent heat meters, a remote reading system, software and hosting of data. The rollout of the project will begin in March this year and provide a solution that will afford Aalborg District Heating a wide range of opportunities for operational efficiency and improves customer service. [Swedish utility selects Kamstrup for smart meter rollout]
According to a release, Lasse P.N. Olsen, chairman of the board at Aalborg Energy Group, said: “Essentially, our investment in this new technology is about digitalising the district heating supply, and the acquisition of the remotely read meters is the natural next step for our district heating area.”
[quote] Through this project, the Danish utility expects to improve transparency and as well as the simplicity of collecting and securing data.
Jesper Høstgaard-Jensen, CEO at Aalborg District Heating, added: ”Digitalisation is not a target that should stand on its own. We expect the investment to result in lower operating costs to a degree where the investment is actually still viable. That has been an equally important target for us. First of all, operation of the new wireless system will be cheaper, and secondly we expect to be able to provide faster customer service resulting in a more efficient distribution network. The new technology will also be an important element in the future energy transition of the district heating system, where there will be a need for more knowledge on the customers’ consumption on one side and our production on the other.”
The release notes that district heating has gained an important position internationally, and there is a growing political focus on utilising energy resources more efficiently. High energy efficiency requires/necessitates transparency for utilities as well as for the consumers, and, as a result, digitalisation will play a crucial role in the future. [Kamstrup chosen for Norwegian smart water meter rollout]
”Besides better customer service due to remote reading, the precise and frequent data will give Aalborg District Heating the necessary transparency to optimise their distribution network. In addition, flexibility ensures that the solution is both financially attractive and future-proof in relation to energy efficiency and the transition to renewable energy,” concluded Jesper Kjelds, senior vice president at Kamstrup.