District heating solution for Finnish utility


Tampere, Finland — (METERING.COM) — June 18, 2008 – Tampere City Electricity Works, a public utility owned by the City of Tampere, has contracted with Landis+Gyr for the supply of an upgraded automatic metering management (AMM) system to one of the largest district heat projects in Finland. This will be the first comprehensive solution for district heating in Finland and represents approximately five percent of all heat metering in the country.

The utility, which employs 262 people, delivers electricity, district heat and natural gas to private and corporate customers who are mainly located in Pirkanmaa. Tampere offers versatile energy services adapted to customer needs in a modern and reliable way that respects sustainable development.

Under the contract, Landis+Gyr is providing full service provisioning (FPS). This means the company will be responsible for installing, provisioning and operating the system according to the specifications of Tampere City, providing the utility with the highly specific and detailed metering information it requires. The service will be fully commissioned by 1 January 2010. All 4,700 district heat sites of the electricity works in Tampere, Pirkkala and Ylöjärvi will be connected to the AMM system.

Timo Pesonen, Sales Manager at Tampere City Electricity Works said, “Thanks to the FSP service, we will be able to focus on our core capabilities and develop the services we provide to our customers. AMM is a good investment because it will improve our cost efficiency and processes.”

Communication between the heat meters and the AMM system will be done using a smart meter with integrated multi-energy connectivity. The meter uses a GPRS connection, which is a reliable and cost-efficient method of communication in urban areas such as Tampere. It is an intelligent meter that can read heat, gas and electricity meters through an M-Bus connection using an open protocol, therefore ensuring device independence.

AMM is set to become more common in district heat metering because of the benefits it can deliver, including constant monitoring of the meters to make sure they are operational. In January 2008 the Finnish Energy Industries recommended use of AMM for district heat installations.