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Landis+Gyr's Smart Meters to Power Ambitious Project in Spain

May 3, 2017
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For nearly a decade, IBERDROLA has been a major driving force behind smart metering and grid digitization throughout Spain. As leader of the larger consortium PRIME ALLIANCE, the company has been looking for a solution that could combine advanced meter management (AMM) deployment with smart grids needs. Powerline Intelligent Metering Evolution communication technology (PRIME) based on OFDM technology (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) has proven to work very efficiently, so IBERDROLA launched the mass rollout STAR (Sistemas de Telegestión y Automatizaci ón de la Red/Remote Grid Management and Automation System) based on PRIME back in 2010. By its completion in 2018, the whole domestic customer base of IBERDROLA, consisting of nearly 11 million electricity consumers, will have smart technologies.

The initial phase of the rollout was focused on urban areas having a high consumer density, plus high demands in terms of security, reliability and service. To date, IBERDROLA has equipped more than 8 million of its consumers with smart meters, of which almost 20 percent have been supplied by Landis+Gyr.

To complete the smart meter's rollout, IBERDROLA will install more than 2.5 million devices throughout 2017 and 2018. The volume supplied by Landis+Gyr will be an important part of the deployment, bringing the latest smart meter generation to the project, using the latest PLC (Power Line Communication) OFDM based PRIME solution and other critical functionalities such as cyber security.

"Landis+Gyr is proud of the results of this strategic project in Spain helping IBERDROLA in finishing their challenging Smart Meters rollout" says Javier Jim énez, Landis+Gyr CEO for Spain & Portugal. He further explains that this contract was the result of Landis+Gyr's long-term commitment to the Iberian market. "It is our aim to serve our customers with best in class solutions. We are confident that our products and technology can both safeguard our customers' investments and provide the compatibility for future smart grid needs."

"Landis+Gyr has been an important enabler in the definition and development of PRIME technology since 2010. Furthermore, it has been a key player in the acceptance of PRIME as international open standard ITU G.9904", says Nicolas Arcauz, IBERDROLA Global Smart Grids Director. "IBERDROLA is focused on interoperability and open solutions, and our smart roll-out comprises meters from up to 9 different meter suppliers. These employ up to 4 different, yet interoperable PRIME sources. We continuously retrieve performance metrics and compare KPIs of the different PRIME solutions deployed, and we are pleased to confirm that the performance of Landis+Gyr PRIME meters is second to none."




Source: Landis+Gyr


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