Energy industry association EMerge Alliance partnered with US utilities and the private sector to develop standards for Direct Current (DC) smart meters.In a press statement, the organisation announced the launch of a project to develop standards for DC smart meters for use in microgrids.
David Lawrence of Duke Energy, an EMerge member organisation, said: “While there are many experts on AC metering, the field of direct current metering is an evolving technology, so it’s most appropriate EMerge take on the challenge to bring together experts in both metering and dc technology to accomplish this important mission.”
The standards will define how off-grid DC and hybrid microgrid operators will accurately measure power usage and improve their revenue using smart meters.
The idea to develop the standards follows the increase in adoption of applications including solar, wind, energy storage and net metering requiring the use of DC in buildings and communities.
[quote] The take up of DC fast charging electronic vehicles and devices is also driving the demand for development of the standards.
Paul Savage, chairman of EMerge, explained, “the motivation for this action arose from requests from our members in both the utility domain and those working on building and campus microgrids who see the need to define the requirements for certifiable revenue grade meters for direct current applications.”
The project will begin with the streaming of a webinar which will recruit participants to design DC smart meter standards.
The webinar will be held on 20 September and will include utilities, utility metering firms, DC microgrid operators, DC academic experts and government and regulatory experts. [UK smart meters: DNV GL opens test lab in Peterborough].
Smart meter standards
In related news, in mid-July, the Federal Council of Germany approved the implementation of a new law to support the country’s nationwide rollout of smart meters.
The Digitisation of the Energy Turnaround Act provides a roadmap to deploy a new metering system in Germany in line with the EU directives.
The new policy is based on the EU legislative the Third Internal Market Package which stipulates all EU member states equip 80% of their consumers with smart meters by 2020.
The new German policy also provides stakeholders and various manufacturers with specific and detailed standard requirements of the smart meters and communication technologies to be installed in the country.
The law was designed to open the German energy market to digitisation while ensuring a high standard regarding data protection and ICT protection.
The policy calls for the deployment of advanced meter infrastructure to begin from 2017 through to 2032 for consumers using more than 6,000 kWh annually, as well as plant operators with an installed capacity of more than 7 kW.
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