Landis+Gyr has announced that they are to supply Ausgrid with advanced meters for the government’s Smart Grid, Smart City project.
“The meters provide consumers with capacity for real-time metering and management of their energy use,” said Steve Jeston, CEO of Landis+Gyr Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. “We are very pleased to partner with Ausgrid. The fact that this smart meter has been developed by our local team in Australia makes us all the more proud.”
The trial is an Au$100 million (US$98 million) project to demonstrate smart grid concepts on a commercial scale. The technology trials will take place in Newcastle, Scone, Newington, Ku-ring-gai, and the Sydney CBD areas.
26,000 homes will be provided with the meters during the trials. Deployment of the E350 U series smart meters has started. The meters were developed at Landis+Gyr’s Centre of Excellence in Sydney. They will test several customer feedback technologies to be tested, including websites and in-home displays.
Other recent news on the project is that a range of equipment, including smart reclosers, sensors and load break switches, is being installed on the Port Stephens grid to test ways to cut the number and length of blackouts. Tests will also be run to trial different ways of improving the power supply to customers, particularly at the end of a long power line.