Germany power utility E.ON this week partnered with global technology company Siemens to develop smart metering technology in Germany.Under the agreement, the pair will integrate their solutions to come up with a smart metering solution to be deployed at the beginning of this year.
The collaboration forms part of E.ON and Siemens’ efforts to contribute towards Germany’s plan to replace, process and system convert a large numbers of meters, as part of German protection profile and Technical Guideline TR-03109.
Under the partnership, Siemens will provide its smart grid platform EnergyIP for integration with E.ON’s EniM program.
The integration will allow E.ON network operators ease and optimal integration of smart metering infrastructure into IT systems to allow meter data acquisition for improved grid management and customer billing.
Paul-Vincent Abs, metering managing director at E.ON, said: “By integrating EnergyIP into our systems, we will be able to offer our customers the best possible advice and support with regard to the smart meter rollout."
Siemens Germany digital grid business unit head Ute Redecker said: "With implementation of our EnergyIP smart grid application platform, E.ON Metering is ideally prepared for future rollout scenarios as a metering point operator and when it comes to smart meter gateway administration.
"In turn, we are expanding our market penetration…” by offering a development which will allow utilities to implement smart market applications including ToU pricing.
Smart grid tech advancements
The development follows this week's announcement by Siemens that it has integrated a big data option in EnergyIP Analytics.
In a press statement, Siemens said the integration of big data option to EnergyIP Analytics will give utilities and grid operators insights on smart grid data for improved grid management, reliability and efficiency.
The integration will allow the analytics application to utilize various big data options for administering smart meter gateways and meter data processing for external market participants on the German market.
Siemens claims the development will result in finely granulated data for functionalities including energy theft and overloaded distribution equipment detections through grid load analysis, grid incident analysis and end-customer consumption load analysis.
The inclusion of the big data option will also allow the creation of load forecasts for different levels in the distribution grid as well as an analysis of distributed energy resources.
Siemens said it will continuously upgrade EnergyIP Analytics and plans to include new standard Business Intelligence (BI) reports and supporting applications into the smart grid solution.