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January 03, 2013

How 'Suite' It Is! Danish Utility to Deploy Omnia Full-Service Smart Grid Platform



The energy supplier, Odder, Denmark-based Østjysk Energi, has signed on to purchase and deploy a complete wireless smart metering system, including 30,000 smart meters. This makes Østjysk Energi the first utility to order the new smart grid-platform, Omnia from Skanderborg, Denmark-based Kamstrup.

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The Omnia Suite is full-service smart grid platform comprising smart meters, network communication, meter data management (MDM) and security features tailored to the business of utilities today. As a true multi-utility platform it integrates all supply types – power, water, gas, heating and cooling – and all modern communication technologies. It is an open-standard, high performance solution, complying with international market requirements and regulatory mandates and supporting distributed energy sources. (see video).

 With the new smart metering system Østjysk Energi is ramping up to the future Smart Grid with enriched features for grid optimization.

Installation Manager, Brian Hansen, from Østjysk Energi explains the choice of the Omnia platform: “In the selection process we were interested in usability as well as system performance and security aspects. Especially data security must be weighted when implementing a future-proof smart metering system. Our main focus, though, has been on the functions that will give us an advantage in terms of grid optimization and improved maintenance work. We are looking forward to getting a powerful tool for trouble shooting as well as easier access to critical and detailed information from the grid.”

Østjysk Energi further mentions the system’s distributed intelligence as a decisive factor that will save valuable installation time and provide detailed insight into the low voltage grid.

Immediately after installation, the meters will communicate their identity to the head-end system. The enhanced intelligence in meters and concentrators will provide quick responses, as well as a high data frequency, from the low-voltage grid.

“We have in our supply area among our customers a large number of solar panels, which poses a voltage quality challenge that the meters must be able to handle. [These] smart meters will push alarms in case of over-voltage, and we will be able to define maximum values and avoid critical sags and swells,” Brian Hansen explained.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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