smart grid communications

Germany’s natural gas transmission company Open Grid Europe has partnered with smart grid communications provider Ciena to upgrade its power grid network.The collaboration is believed to enable reliable and secure communication of data within the network for sustainable gas and energy transmission.

In a press statement, Open Grid Europe said it has purchased Ciena’s smart grid communications solution '6500 Packet-Optical Platform' for deployment in its grid.

The network will be integrated by the Austrian headquartered global system integrator Kapsch CarrierCom, to help the Germany utility to monitor its 12,000km pipeline delivering gas to more than 450 suppliers.

Ciena claims that its smart grid communications will provide 10G Ethernet functionalities for the operations and maintenance of process data including gas measurement, monitoring and control information.

[quote] The deal falls under the gas transmission company’s effort to ensure consistent energy supply and conservation in case the supply of power from renewable energy sources fluctuates.

A company statement noted that 47% of households in Germany are gas heated. [US gas utility selects Itron for AMI upgrade]

Ralf Arweiler, vice president of Kapsch CarrierCom, said the solution will allow the company to “design, deploy and manage the latest generation of converged network technologies to enhance network performance and availability for Open Grid Europe.

“This tailored network will also support Open Grid Europe’s future initiatives, making its network a powerful and strategic business asset,” reiterated Arweiler.

Smart gas metering in Europe

In other gas metering news, global gas systems integrator, Orbital, won a contract with UK utility Scotia Gas Networks (SGN) for the provision of large-scale gas metering skids.

Under the GBP1.4m (US$2m) contract, Orbital will design, develop and supply two gas metering skids for installation at Tatsfield AGI in England by September 2016, and at Drum AGI in Scotland in early 2017. The installation will include a 24" gas metering skid and a 16" gas metering skid respectively.[Smart gas meters: Itron’s Indiana deal helps hold market position]

In a press statement, SGN said the skids will be utilised to accurately meter gas at points where the two distribution networks import gas from the UK transmission network before distribution to domestic customers.

SGN manages 5.8m gas metering points in the south of England, Ireland and Scotland.

William Clough, CEO of CUI Global, owners of Orbital, said the contract is part of the company’s efforts to “partner with the UK's and Europe's largest natural gas operators in their efforts to provide more and better energy sources to their customers, while reducing carbon emissions and providing environmentally sensitive energy solutions."

 

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