Conservation and MOSAICâ„¢

By Rich Sanders

Mosaic app

The need for aggressive water conservation strategies and the technology to support them has never been greater. To this end, Datamatic designed MOSAIC, an advanced AMR network that combines conservation functionality and tools never before available in a single solution, including advanced user-defined conservation monitoring, acoustic leak detection and remote shutoff valve.

Reduction of water loss: Water leak detection made easy

By Kristian Miang

In view of increasing water scarcity, all approaches have to be taken into consideration when it comes to ensure drinking water supply. Water leak detection by electromagnetic flowmeters is one easy way of reducing water losses, and at the same time it helps to reduce costs.

With an average of over 50% vanished water in many water distribution systems, the loss of water between treatment plants and consumers is substantial. As an example, Mexico City is supplied with 3.2 billion litres of water every day. It is assumed that more than half is lost during transition. The loss of water is typically attributed to several causes including measurement errors and theft, but leakage remains the major cause.

Longwave radio-based smart metering system

By Heinrich Wienold

Many utilities and network operators are faced with the question of “if” and “when” to invest in smart metering, and which technology best suits their installation from a technical and cost perspective. Solutions available up to now have not proven to be cost effective. This situation offers players such as Europäischen Funk-Rundsteuerung GmbH (EFR) an opportunity to take an innovative approach that offers cost advantages.

Potential loss?

By Jessica Stromback and Maria Moshnikova

As energy prices rise, grid structures age, and critical peaks become more frequent, calls to lower energy consumption throughout Europe increase in urgency. One effective method for decreasing energy usage among industry, commercial and household consumers is demand response programmes.

Often based on smart meters now slowly being mandated throughout Europe, demand response programmes refer to any programme which communicates with the end customer concerning price changes in the market and/or their own energy use and encourages them to reduce or shift their consumption (demand) of energy. The active participation of the end customers is their response to factors such as incentive pricing, new tariffs schemes, greater awareness and an increased sense of responsibility.

How can smart metering help satisfying smart customer demands?

By Ralf Hoffmann

Nobody needs smart metering just for the sake of it. Or do you know somebody whose hobby it is to collect meter data? Does anybody paint his walls at home with load interval columns or store consumption data in his wallet? The answer is of course no.

If it is just about the smart meters, there is no sense to them at all. When talking about smart metering, we should be clear that it refers to a tool, and nothing more. Without an additional higher aim, an implementation should clearly not take place.

Landis+Gyr and CEZ

By Antti Aumo

Landis and Gyr building

Landis+Gyr is working with the Czech utility, CEZ, building the largest industrial, commercial and grid metering data centre in Europe, using the latest generation technology designed for 85,000 industrial metering points. By the end of 2008 around 40,000 metering points spread throughout the Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria and other distribution networks in these countries will be connected to the centre’s system, also provided by Landis+Gyr.

Portugal – former “European good student” strikes again?

By Rui Pimenta

In the 1990s, Portugal became known as a “European good student” in some key areas concerning the enlargement and development of the European Union, such as meeting the convergence criteria for the introduction of the common currency (Euro).

The current global energy challenges that shape today’s European agenda, such as environmental sustainability, security and quality of energy supply, European energy market construction, and consumer empowerment, have led the way for a profound and structural change in Portugal. Let us take a look at how Portugal is addressing these issues.

Deployment of European SmartGrids by 2020 starts now

By Tahir Kapetanovic and Maher Chebbo

SmartGrids is a European initiative initiated by the European Commission (EC) as a European Technology Platform (ETP) in May 2005 involving 26 Executive Advisory Council members, a European Member States Mirror Group and 4 working groups of more than 200 experts from leading electricity utilities, industry, regulators and academia.

AMI improves customer service – an interview with Hilbrand does

When and why did Oxxio start looking at AMI?

In early 2005 Oxxio developed a business case for smart metering for customers. There were two main reasons for this: to increase customer loyalty by offering better services and new added value services, and to have more control over the meter-to-cash process. This was triggered by the strong dependencies of the local network operators who were strongly related by intercompany relationships to the energy supply companies and were therefore our biggest competitors.

Advanced metering in the Netherlands – some current policy issues

By Remon Dantuma

The Dutch parliament adopted revised legislation in July 2008 introducing a two-year trial period for smart metering and relaxing a mandated rollout.

The two year “trial” period will most likely start on 1 January 2009, during which the installation of smart meters will be mandatory in new buildings and in the cases of major renovations or major improvements of a building in terms of energy savings and reduction of CO2. In all other cases, the installation of smart metering is voluntary.

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