First Cloud-Based Smart Grid Solution Relies on NES Technology
and Eltel Networks land a contract to deploy 5,500 Echelon smart meters, handle
billing and operational support from afar.
Networks, securing over nearly 50 percent of the Danish utility awards for
advanced metering systems, and EnergiMidt, a Danish co-operative utility owned
by its customers, are jointly offering Denmark's first cloud-based smart
metering solution based on Echelon's smart metering system.
one of the five largest electricity distribution companies in Denmark, has extensive
experience with Networked Energy Services (NES) smart grid infrastructure
system. After deploying with Eltel 170,000 Echelon NES meters in 2009-2011, the
utility found that it could achieve daily collection and hourly readings of
load profiles consistently within a 99.7% to 100% performance range.
Operating System (COS) software integrates with the meter data management (MDM)
system from Görlitz, a leading provider of telemetry solutions to European
utilities. Görlitz's MDM system plugs into the Echelon COS application
framework enabling EnergiMidt to provide billing and operational support
services to these smaller utilities and cities, allowing them to capture the
economies of scale normally only available to large entities. Such
hosted-service offerings are commonly called "cloud" services.
the first utility to piggyback onto the software running in EnergiMidt's data
center was Bjerringbro. Next is Kjellerup Elnet. Like Bjerringbro's 3,000
customers, Kjellerup Elnet's 2,500 customers will receive Echelon's NES smart
meters and related communications and control infrastructure. These latest
deployments continue Echelon's momentum and market leadership position in
Denmark, with more than 800,000 Echelon smart meters installed or under
contract in the nation. The rollout for Kjellerup Elnet customers is scheduled
to be completed early next year.
offering from EnergiMidt and Eltel provides smaller utilities and
municipalities one of the most cost-effective and quickest paths to achieving
the benefits of a smart grid, including hourly meter readings, load control,
remote connect/disconnect, better outage management and the ability to
integrate water and gas meters into one common system with electric meters.
This is particularly important for utility and city leaders who want to
modernize grids but have limited resources to achieve their vision.
is making grid modernisation swift and painless for neighbouring utilities
through this offering that standardizes on our deployment of Echelon energy
control networking technologies," said Holger Blok, CEO at EnergiMidt.
"We chose Echelon's technology for this smart metering application because
its open and extensible framework gives utilities a wide range of smart grid
applications. By putting this proven solution in the cloud, any utility can
benefit from our experience and can avoid unnecessary expenses that often stand
in the way of making the smart grid a reality for many smaller utilities."
utilities and their customers want a smarter grid but the costs of achieving
the vision haven't always made economic sense," said Jonas Vestin,
president of Eltel Networks' smart metering business unit. "With this
ground-breaking new cloud-based solution, even the smallest utility or
municipality can adopt a smart grid with a business case that makes sense for
everyone in the value chain, including customers, investors and owners of the
solution is a real game-changer not only for Denmark but also for the rest of
the world," said Michael Anderson, senior vice president for utility sales
and market development at Echelon. "With over 800,000 meters deployed or
about to be deployed in Denmark, Echelon has been able to demonstrate to our utility
customers many benefits of a smart grid. With this new cloud-based solution,
Danish utilities and cities of all sizes can enjoy the benefits of deploying a
smart grid today."