Major European grid operator orders new fleet of smart electricity meters


Doesburg and Oosterhout, The Netherlands — (METERING.COM) — July 6, 2009 – One of the largest energy distributors in the Netherlands has concluded an agreement to secure a quick delivery of 25,000 smart meters.

The agreement with Kamstrup and EnergyICT®, which have joined forces, is for 5,000 3-phase electricity meters and 20,000 1-phase electricity meters with load management and smart disconnect function. Scheduled delivery is early September 2009.

The Kamstrup smart meters, together with the advanced communication module from EnergyICT, are specifically designed to cover the distributor’s demands for a future proof solution.
The meters are NTA compliant (Netherlands Technical Agreement) which includes a port for connecting to home control displays.

The smart meters from Kamstrup for new building developments and restoration projects of dwelling houses in the whole supply area were chosen because of the DLMS open communication standard that allows interoperability with protocols from other software developers. The DLMS interface enables an easy integration of the new meters into the existing network solution.

As the customer must rely on several contractors, a cooperative and flexible frame of mind is therefore crucial.

According to account manager Geert-Jan van Bolderen from Kamstrup, the cooperation with EnergyICT ensures maximum flexibility and thus capability of quickly adapting the equipment to the Dutch smart metering requirements. "We have optimized our organization with a number of project managers and a mature project plan, in order to be able to respond to a tight delivery schedule. In this respect, EnergyICT is a perfect partner."

EnergyICT was capable of developing the urgently required multi-purpose communication module within a very short period of time. The module enables the meter to send remote messages from the grid owner to the end user (home control display). Furthermore, it connects to in-house energy meters and reads these meters remotely (via wired or wireless M-Bus), and through a third port it communicates via GPRS with the central system.