Norway announces roll-out of 700,000 smart meters
March 5, 2015
Hafslund Nett, Norway's largest power grid operator, has ordered smart meters for 700,000 customers in Oslo and 33 surrounding municipalities. The roll-out will start during the first half of 2016 and will be completed in 2019.
Scandinavian smart meter maker Aidon won the contract to supply the meters and implement an automatic metering infrastructure. The AMI will consist of Aidon smart meters, a head-end-system for the collection and management of the data from the smart meters, and communications for data delivery.
“After an extensive and thorough review, we evaluated Aidon's proposal as the most economical offer with a future-oriented and good technical solution based on good commercial terms,” said Kristin Lian, senior vice president of Hafslund Nett. “It will provide us with advanced smart grid functionalities and an intelligent wireless communication platform with the flexibility and performance required for future developments. Moreover, it offers good support for IPv6, as well as a head-end solution with many configuration options.”
Thor-Erik Næss, CEO of Aidon Norge, added: “We are proud and honoured to have received the mission to provide Hafslund Nett with the most advanced AMI on the market. Hafslund has placed a great emphasis on the system's functionality beyond collecting meter readings from its customers. It will allow Hafslund to get more information about the state of their network, enabling an efficient and reliable operation of their grid. This AMI is an important step in bringing this industry to the next level of smart grid in which an increasingly large part of the value is created by seamless and reliable availability of data.”