Remote Meter Reading +

SITUATION

The situation of the remote collection of GSE/ UTF meter readings to date is:

  • The Grid Manager Company, mostly ENEL DISTRIBUZIONE (ED), has been tasked to provide (GSE/UTF) production meter readings to GSE.
  • The production meter is read via the modem as installed by the plant owner to Del. 595/2014. When the data is successfully collected, ED applies the conversion factor as reported with the Del. 595/2014 communication and passes the production values on to the relevant platforms of GSE, like FTV-SR, GO, etc.
  • From current experience ED is remotely checking the production data in the first 7-10 days of a month. After they have reached a limited number of attempts without having successfully read the GSE meter modem, they stop the data collection until the next month. As a consequence, the feed-in tariff disbursed will be lower than due, because it is calculated on the basis of estimate, creating financial imbalances in the cash flows.
  • From experience the modems’ communication ability can suddenly be blocked and it would need to be started up again which needs to be done manually.
  • Depending on the meter model and type, registers are stored by the meter on the plant for about 2 to 12 months. However, remotely only a part of this data is accessible.

 

SOLUTION

Our Solution of Remote Meter Monitoring is a web-based platform offering the following functionalities:

  • Daily readings of the “curve di carico” and all the available registers via the GSE modem which shows the production values on a quarter-hourly base.
  • Monthly readings of energy production as ED would do, but earlier.
  • Readings of previous monthly registers, as far as remotely accessible.
  • Automatic comparison of the production meter readings with the readings reported on the ED portal
  • Automatic check of the GSE paymentsagainst the actual production meter readings
  • Continuous population of a data base for the specific plant creating a plant history.
  • Online access to all data and download option of data in common format (Excel)
  • Next day email alarms in case of:
    • Meter down/ not available
    • Any data loss (“holes” in the data) in the quarter hour readings (curve di carico)
    • Zero meter readings during daylight hours (daylight hours are programmed for the particular locations and their particular sunrise and sunset timings on a given day)
      • This should give technicians good information for necessary maintenance operations.
  • Monthly email alarms on the 3rd of each month in case of non-availability of monthly meter readings
  • Monthly email alarms mid-month (when values available on the ED portal) in case of difference of value read directly (by the Raptech system) and the value reported on the ED portal.
  • API to export data to Business Intelligence systems used in the company.

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