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Nordics continue smart energy drive

The contract with Copenhagen utility Frederiksberg Forsyning is another step towards the implementation of smart grids

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Denmark's wireless network is expected to be completed by the end of 2017
Denmark's wireless network is expected to be completed by the end of 2017

Eltel has struck a deal with utility Frederiksberg Forsyning to build a wireless network for remote control of energy consumption meters for gas, electricity and heating in Denmark. Implementation of the new network is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.


As part of the contract, Eltel has secured a 12-month maintenance agreement after the completion of the build contract.


The new network represents one of the most important steps to implement smart grids aiming at on-time optimisation and balancing of energy generation with energy consumption.


Building of smart grids will boost energy efficiency and lower environmental impact. Smart technologies are an important element to manage the so-called micro grids consisting of micro production of electricity, which is often renewable solar and wind energy, and electricity consumption.


“This kind of networks show the way into the new future of Infranets and now we see more concrete applications in practice,” said Thorbjörn Sagner, president, Eltel aviation and security.


“Eltel’s comprehensive know-how in smart metering, wireless and fibre communication as well as our data centre implementations, all coupled with higher level maintenance services comes to full exploitation in this project. Implementing the project to the full satisfaction of all stakeholders is equally important with the technical level of the entire system.”


According to the technical services provider, the Nordic countries have been in the forefront of implementing smart metering since the roll-outs commenced in Finland and Sweden in 2006.


The largest Danish utility DONG is expected to complete its deployment of smart meters by 2019 along with Norway. Factoring in the number of smart meters installed and smart meters on order, Eltel’s claims to have five million metering points, representing half of the total market share across the four Nordic countries.


Aggregating all the specialised competencies of the company, Eltel said it can utilise its overall Infranet capability in the contract with Frederiksberg, its customers and the entire community to make a major positive contribution to a more sustainable future for all


Earlier this year, Eltel entered the German metering market through two acquisitions and is involved in a variety of services from meter installations through to providing meter reading services to utilities.


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