UK smart meters technology testing

In the UK, global engineering consulting firm DNV GL this week launched an energy technology excellence testing and development centre in the English city of PeterboroughIn a press statement, the company said the laboratory is purposed for the testing of  new smart energy, metering and cybersecurity solutions.

The testing is for assurance that products comply with the UK market standards.

However, as the UK is in its final preparations for mass rollout of smart meters, DNV GL said its newly-opened Technical Assurance Laboratory (DTAL) will specialise in ensuring interoperability, safety and reliability of smart metering technologies for consumers, manufacturers and utilities.

DNV GL claims the 410 square meters facility centre is the first of its kind in the UK and believes it will play a significant role in the country's smart metering initiatives.

Prajeev Rasiah, executive vice president for Northern Europe, Middle East & Africa (NEMEA), DNV GL – Energy said: “As we move to a data smart world in energy systems, it is imperative that functionality, interoperability and cyber security concerns of our customers and wider stakeholders are addressed.”

UK Smart meters installations

With regard to deployment of smart meters in the UK, utilities continue to engage in contracts in a bid to meet up with the 52m smart meters target by 2022.

[quote]In mid February, electric power utility Spark Energy partnered with property management company Orchard and Shipman to deploy an AMI system.

Under the partnership, Spark Energy agreed to install 1,200 smart electric meters in residential properties managed by Orchard and Shipman in Selkirk, south-east Scotland.

The rollout of the smart meters will be energy supplier’s first.

Glasgow based Smart Metering Systems (SMS) will install the smart meters due to its Meter Asset Manager (MAM) services offering required by regulation towards UK smart meters installation.

Smart meters benefits

Commenting on the development, Ian Crowther, Spark Energy’s commercial director said it was “an important milestone for the company because the rollout of smart meters would bring many benefits for both the landlord and tenants”.

Spark Energy said it expects the smart meter rollout to increase bill accuracy in the utility’s service area mainly occupied by vulnerable individuals including refugees.

Crowther added: “The technology is a massive asset to housing providers, helping them to manage stock efficiently while saving hundreds of man-hours.”

Lee Richards, operations director for Orchard & Shipman Group, said: “Following the successful Glasgow programme, we look forward to being able to introduce Spark across the remainder of our property portfolio throughout the UK.”

The development followed January’s agreement between SparkEnergy and Macquarie Bank will shield utility’s customers from wholesale price fluctuations.