Kahramaa to roll out smart meters in Doha by 2016
August 25, 2015
Qatar is to roll out smart meters across Doha by 2016. The Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) said this would provide better energy management for its consumers.
Kahramaa intends to cover the complete geographical rollout of the smart meter project across the city by 2016. Smart meter deployment provides real-time information on the energy, water or natural gas consumption of a building or home.
The country’s steady movement towards an overall smart energy approach is supported by the installation of smart grid projects and its related technologies such as smart meters that benefit consumers and energy providers in more ways than one. Additionally, it enables the utility to optimise energy consumption and promote energy efficiency.
“By adding the intelligence of IT to power distribution, Kahramaa aims to attain sustainable development and significantly improve the power infrastructure in the country, said Brad Hariharan, regional director at local event organiser Expotrade Middle East. “Encompassing a broad portfolio of technologies, smart grids ensure optimised usage of energy and support increased penetration of renewable energy. With the state of Qatar witnessing rapid growth in the power sector, the government has undertaken massive initiatives to achieve its noble vision of attaining a significant increase in renewables and energy efficiency.”
In the Middle East, the rate of adoption of smart metering has been on a steady growth trajectory and this demand will continue to increase exponentially in the coming years. Government-led initiatives and introduction of regulatory frameworks coupled with the adoption of latest technology in the utilities segment have driven the deployment of smart grids and smart meters in the region. Large international private players have played a crucial role in developing end-to-end systems to build a smart energy infrastructure in the GCC region.
Installing a smart meter helps keep a check on power distribution, monitors consumer usage and communicates revenue unit of energy data in real time between any two distribution points. According to an industry study, the smart metering market will reach 16.1 million units by 2022 and 86 per cent of homes and businesses in the Gulf countries are expected to have smart meters by the same year.
The opportunities of smart metering and its efficacy will be discussed at Power Qatar Summit 2015, incorporating the Solar Qatar Summit, from October 26 to 27, 2015 in Doha.