Kortrijk, Belgium — (METERING.COM) — April 30, 2010 – Eandis, one of Belgium’s largest electricity and gas grid companies, has deployed components of Elster’s EnergyAxis® portfolio of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solutions to power Belgium’s largest integrated smart metering pilot.
As part of the pilot, Eandis is installing 4,200 Elster smart electricity and gas meters, along with EnergyICT data concentrators and a hosted EIServer meter data management (MDM) application, in the towns of Leest and Hombeek, near Mechelen, Flanders. The deployment also includes Elster power line carrier (PLC) technology and Coronis radio technology.
Eandis is working to meet increasing demand for improved energy efficiency, and move towards a more flexible smart grid that can incorporate alternative energy sources.
The solution will enable real time, remote, two-way communication between the smart meters and a central MDM system. Data collection will be conducted through data concentrators to the hosted MDM, which will process the data and supply detailed consumption information to Eandis, enabling improved management of energy resources and the smart grid.
In the future, the solution will provide Eandis the ability to monitor energy consumption and load in real time, while managing fluctuations in supply and demand. This pilot will help Eandis determine its strategy for future smart grid deployments and support of greater energy efficiency and future technologies such as electric vehicles.