Fjordkraft selects Onzo for energy efficiency pilot project

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Fjordkraft selects ONZO for pilot project implementation aiming to study how highly granular smart meter data can be utilised to maximise energy efficiency

In Europe, Norwegian energy provider Fjordkraft has selected data science software company Onzo for the implementation of a pilot project on energy efficiency maximisation in Norway.

The five-year project, due to start this November, aims to study how Fjordkraft can utilise highly granular smart meter data to maximise energy efficiency, according to a report in Renewable Energy Focus.

The study, which is funded by the Norwegian government department Enova, Onzo, Fjordkraft and six other companies combines energy analytics, load disaggregation and gamification to create a unique approach to customer engagement.

As part of the project,  Fjordkraft will deploy its newly developed hardware devices collecting highly granular data from smart meters, to enable qualitative communication with consumers, Metering & Smart Energy International has learnt.

Fjordkraft believes effective and more personalised communication with consumers will foster sustainable energy consumption behaviours.

Smart meter pilots in  Norway

In other Norwegian smart meter news, in September 2015, an alliance of Norwegian power utilities selected Kamstrup to deliver 100,000 smart electricity meters for implementation of a smart meter pilot as the country gears up to meet European Union targets for advanced metering penetration.

Metering & Smart Energy International reported that AMS Nord, which represents six utilities in the Troms and Finmark regions of Norway, instructed Kamstrup to begin installation in 2016 as part of  a two-year deployment.

The alliance will carry out a pilot project in the six supply areas in the second and third quarter of 2016, which will include between 1,000 and 2,000 metering points, according to a statement.

AMS Nord will use the OMNIA Suite solution from Kamstrup, which comprises smart electricity meters and a communication system between the meters and the central data collection system.

The smart meter pilot project will then be evaluated before the roll out of 100,000 new smart meters in the third quarter of 2016.

When questioned about its choice of metering vendor, Per-Erik Ramstad, manager of the AMS Nord Steering Committee, said Kamstrup distinguished themselves by competitive prices as well as by the quality of the smart meters and the data collection system.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.