Honeywell’s smart metering business Elster has been chosen by regional network operator Enexis to deploy 1 million smart electricity meters in the Netherlands.[quote] The project follows previous projects between Honeywell/Elster and Enexis, which includes the installation of 900,000 gas smart meters in 2015, as well as, a complete meter data collection and meter data management platform for smart metering in 2008.
The five-year smart meters award is also expected to contribute towards the country’s efforts to meet European Union energy efficiency goals.
Through the contract, Enexis has the ability to leverage an end-to-end smart grid solution using Honeywell Elster technology.
Enexis is one of three multi-utility distribution system operators in the Netherlands and is said to be leading rollout of smart meters in the country, with over 1.3 million units installed. [Honeywell chosen by US utility for 1m smart meter rollout]
The operator has opted for electricity smart meters based on LTE (long-term evolution) mobile communication technology.
Ben Vermeulen, managing director Elster Solutions Netherlands, said: “We have achieved a trusted and long-term relationship with Enexis based on our technical knowledge and our hands-on approach.
"The implementation and development of our LTE smart electricity meters is helping to future-proof the grid management capabilities in the Netherlands."
Jan-Willem Janse, director of smart metering at Enexis, added: "This procurement process has played a key role in ensuring affordable energy over the next five years. Developing the ESMR5.0 LTE smart meter is an integral part of our mass rollout strategy. The technology is more cost-effective compared to the current generation of meters and will help Enexis to minimise rates for their customers in the future.”
Honeywell partners with US army
In addition to the Dutch smart meters deal, Honeywell also recently partnered with the US Army for the rollout of an energy and water management project in Pennsylvania. [Honeywell lands US$29m energy management deal]
Under the US$29 million deal, the solutions provider will upgrade water and power facilities at the Tobyhanna army depot to reduce consumption by 20% and 8% respectively.
The upgrades will include replacement of HVAC and lighting systems with energy efficiency models as well as introduction of sub metering of the systems.
The facility's utility monitoring and control systems will also be updated, ageing steam heating and distribution systems, and inefficient cooling pipes replaced.
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