Danish growth companies are ready with enhanced smart meter features
25. Sep 2013
This week, Martin Lidegaard, Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, has announced an act requiring utilities to install smart meters in all Danish households.
In iPower, Consortium of research and innovation in intelligent energy, universities and the Danish energy sector have since 2011 developed solutions for the future intelligent energy system.
Hence, Danish companies are now ready to act on the possibilities that this political decision provides.
“The research in consumer behavior shows that a standard household may actually save up to 15% of their energy consumption if consumers are presented with their consumption in a simple and manageable way. The effect is maximized if the environment around the intelligent meter is combined with advise and support”, explains Morten Lunde, Consultant at Danish Technological Institute.
In the light of this research, a range of companies including Saseco, Develco Products and Kamstrup have chosen to collaborate with Technical University of Denmark and Danish Techno-logical Institute in developing products and services targeted at private consumers.
John Haar, Managing Director at Saseco, states it this way:
“Saseco has developed a web based solution which shows the households’ energy consumption in a web browser. By combining our solution with a smart meter, we can help the consumers understand their ener¬gy consumption. Most consumers spend some electricity on uses which doesn’t really benefit. This part may be reduced if you are aware of it! This is possible with our solution”.
Saseco is a start-up company in the cluster around Aarhus University and the expectations are clear: “We trust that the new act will allow Saseco to grow. We have the technology ready for use. Now, when every household in Denmark is getting smart meters, utilities may offer our solution to the consumers.
The result will be cost savings as high as 15 % on the electricity consumption which will be a benefit for the individual as well as for the society and climate”.
Wireless components for building automation
In iPower, Saseco is collaborating with two other Danish companies: Kamstrup and Develco Products.
Together, the three companies have developed a number of products enabling solutions tailored to the individual consumer’s needs.
Develco Products based in Aarhus offers wireless components for building automation, i.e. power meters, sensors, thermometers and internet gateways.
Poul Eriksen, Vice President of Sales and Technology at Develco Products, elaborates:
“Our products enable exact measurement and control of energy consumption in a building. Our components integrate with Sasecos’ web solution so the consumer may receive information about energy consumption, temperatures, etc. This way the more demanding consumers may get a more accurate system to monitor their consumption. Furthermore, this solution enables demand response applications, for example by shifting the consumption to periods with a surplus of wind energy. With the continuous expansion of wind energy, the society needs to have a certain amount of flexible energy consumption in order to match the energy production of the wind turbines”.
Kamstrup A/S is also a partner in the iPower Consortium. Smart Grid Product Manager, Henrik Bæk Jørgensen, states:
“Kamstrup smart meters and our underlying infrastructure is designed to be the foundation of the utilities’ intelligent grid. This means for example that you will be able to install a Develco ZigBee® module in a Kamstrup meter which then will interact with products developed by Develco and Saseco. Kamstrup also provides an app for smartphones and tablets which the utilities may offer to the consumers”.
Consequently, the Danish energy industry is in a strong position to offer new solutions based on smart meters in every household. At the Technical University of Denmark, Rasmus Villefrance, Platform Manager of iPower, summarizes the situation:
“The minister probably had climate change in focus when proposing the act. However, at universities and in the industry we also see this as an opportunity to productize our research and innovation. In this way, we generate growth and jobs. These things go hand in hand”.