Smart meter pilot: Gibraltar tasks Elster to supply end-to-end solution

Smart meter pilot Gibraltar and Elster
The island of Gibraltar off the south coast of Spain will trial smart meters with a view to using the technology to cut carbon emissions in line with EU 2020 targets

In Southern Europe, the Gibraltar Electricity Authority has awarded Elster a contract to supply an end-to-end solution for a smart meter pilot in a bid to meet European Union directives on lowering carbon emissions.

Gibraltar Electric Authority, the principal utility for the British Overseas Territory off the south coast of Spain, plans to get the smart meter pilot off the ground by the end of the year.

Elster will supply 1,066 AS220 smart meters and 27 AS3000/AS3500 modular smart meters, with AM540 G3-PLC communication modules, 12 RTU+Server2 transparent gateway data concentrators and the EIServer head end and meter data management software.

Elster said the smart meter pilot will use Gibraltar Electric’s own fibre optic network currently being installed for data flow between the gateways and the EIServer Meter Data Collection system.

Delivery of the hardware is to be expected by August, and the full system is due to operational by end of 2015.

Smart meter communication

Gibraltar, which has a service area of 20,000 customers, said it selected Elster as its partner due to the utility identifying G3-PLC communication protocol being the best for its needs.

Mario Federico, senior network and customer services engineer, at Gibraltar Electric, said: “We have chosen Elster to assist us in fulfilling EU and governmental directives on lowering carbon emissions and reducing end-customer energy consumption as Elster are able to deliver a full end-to-end PLC based solution with British Standard meters to our requirements.

Paul Thomas, metering officer, added: “After evaluating different PLC communication technology we found that the G3-PLC solution of Elster was the most suitable for our needs.”