EARTH University inaugurates smart grid in Costa Rica


Carlos Murillo
Martínez, Director,
Liberia, Costa Rica — (METERING.COM) — April 4, 2012 – Costa Rica’s EARTH University has inaugurated a smart grid at its La Flor campus at the Daniel Oduber Center in the city of Liberia, capital of Guanacaste province in the country’s northwest.

The smart grid was installed in collaboration with the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE), which provided technical advice and support and developed the system software, and the State Department of the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica, with an $80,000 donation from the Central American Energy and Environmental Security Initiative (EESI).

The system works through the 3G network, collecting data on energy use that can be used to increase efficiency. Monitoring of the system is via a web portal that was developed by ICE.

“This system will inform us about our energy use and assist us in making decisions about our investments,” commented Carlos Murillo Martínez, director of the EARTH-La Flor Campus. “This is an additional step toward gaining a true understanding of this resource.”

During the current first phase, the system will generate information on energy consumption and transmission, efficiency of equipment, and energy quality monitoring. In the next phase, the system will incorporate remote control of both production equipment and consumption.

The initiative represents EARTH University’s continued commitment to promoting and seeking environmentally friendly solutions to address the energy needs of communities, the organization said in a statement.

Other companies participating in the project include Ad Astra Rocket, the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, the Liberia Municipality, and the Guanacaste Conservation Area.

The Guanacaste smart grid is the first in Costa Rica that has been authorized to provide information in real time about its performance. EARTH University hopes that with demonstration of its viability and operation it could later be expanded nationally.