PRLog - May 15, 2012 - A solution for monitoring and controlling the distribution grid consists of Kamstrup Smart Meters/Smart Grid Components (http://www.kamstrup.com)
Partners in Smart Grid: Kamstrup and Tekla
The common customers of Kamstrup and Tekla can integrate Tekla DMS with Kamstrup’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) into one of the most desirable Smart Grid applications – a solution which provides utilities with more information about and control over their distribution networks.
By integrating two world-leading solutions, utilities get access to a best-of-breed solution. The combined Tekla-Kamstrup solution has already shown the value with a couple of common customers, where the systems have been integrated using a third part middleware software component. Mats Håkansson, Managing Director at Mälerenergi, Elnät AB in Sweden says: “The integration between Kamstrup’s AMI and Tekla DMS is for us a real Smart Grid application. The solution helps us tackle the challenges we are having in our distribution grid.”
The situation at utilities has been characterized by very little insight into their distribution grid – a handicap that has prevented them from delivering the highest quality of service. The initiation of analysis and troubleshooting has been reliant on receiving feedback from customers.
For this reason utilities have looked for solutions, which can help them be proactive in relation to ensuring that voltage and frequency levels are kept within the acceptable limits and which can support the troubleshooting process, when they are identifying, locating, isolating and repairing faults in the low and medium voltage networks.
Outages caused by falling trees destroying overhead lines are an obvious hazard, but massive amounts of distributed wind and solar based power generation and a foreseeable surge in new grid loads due to for example electric vehicles and heat pumps are adding to the challenges.
Kamstrup Smart Grid Components deliver all necessary data about distribution grid health to Tekla DMS, which is the tool for maintaining and supervising the switching state of the electricity distribution network and for managing both planned and unplanned outages.
Making vital information from the distribution network readily available for grid network operators is a focal point for Kamstrup as well as for Tekla. Smart Grid Product Manager at Kamstrup, Henrik Bæk Jørgensen, explains: “Kamstrup’
Kamstrup AMI and Tekla DMS integration architecture is based on web services; and the partnership between Kamstrup and Tekla ensures that the companies align the models and services used to keep the integration effort to an absolute minimum.
Manager, Product management, Tekla Corporation
Phone: +358 30 661 1529
Henrik Bæk Jørgensen
Senior Product Manager – Smart Grid, Kamstrup A/S
Phone: +45 8993 1468
DK - 8660 Skanderborg
Kamstrup A/S serves energy companies and utilities with metering solutions for electricity, heat, cooling water and natural gas. Our solutions include Smart Grid applications, Smart Metering systems, energy meters and water meters. Kamstrup A/S was founded in 1946 and is a 100 % Danish company that today has representations in more than 50 countries. Kamstrup employs approx. 800 people worldwide.
Tekla Corporation drives the evolution of digital information models with its software, providing a growing competitive advantage to customers in the construction, infrastructure and energy industries.
Tekla has customers in 100 countries, offices in 14 countries and a worldwide partner network. Tekla Group currently employs more than 500 people, of whom about 200 work outside of the headquarters in Finland. Tekla was established in 1966, and is one of the longest-operating Finnish software companies. Tekla became part of Trimble in July 2011.