Santiago de Chile --- (METERING.COM) --- August 29, 2012 - Chile’s first smart city Smartcity Santiago has been launched by Chilectra and Ciudad Empresarial with the aim to “integrate projects to test future technologies, combining innovation, efficiency and sustainability.”

One of a number of smart cities being developed around the world by the Enel/Endesa group – including Búzios in Brazil, Bari, Genoa and Turin in Italy, and Barcelona and Málaga in Spain –
Smartcity Santiago will be implemented in Ciudad Empresarial, a new office park development in La Rinconada de El Salto in the eastern sector of the city.

The drivers for Smartcity Santiago are the rational use of energy, improved operational efficiency and in grid operation and managing demand, and reduction of CO2 emissions and other environmental impacts.

To this end, five sets of technologies will be deployed:

  • Public lighting – street lighting projects with LED technology with remote dimming
  • Electric vehicles – installation of charging poles and incorporation of electric buses and/or taxis
  • Smart meters – installation of smart meters, remote metering services and net metering
  • Grid automation – monitoring of high and medium voltage grids and distribution transformers, and management of distributed generation and distribution automation
  • Ecoenergies and energy efficiency – installation of solar thermal systems for water heating and photovoltaic and other distributed generation systems.

During the past two years various smart grid technologies have been deployed in Santiago, including a 100 smart meter pilot in three areas of the city (El Barrero, Los Almendros and Bosques de la Piramide), four EV charging stations, three PV systems, online monitoring of HV lines, substations and underground cables, and automated reclosers in MV feeders.

Among the results of the smart meter pilot, a 99 percent efficiency of data transmission was recorded and functionalities including remote disconnection/reconnection and programming of time-of-use tariffs were successfully demonstrated, said Chilectra’s head of energy efficiency, Rafael Caballero, in a presentation at Metering, Billing/CRM Latin America 2012. In addition the project has led to better communication with customers and understanding of their needs.

“Among the future challenges are to consider the customer’s perspective and to consider theirs and society’s benefits in a cost-benefit analysis,” said Caballero. “In addition we should promote smart grids in Chile with adaptations to local requirements, and position Chilectra as a regional leader in smart grids and smart metering in Latin America.”