Without doubt, flexibility will be a key component in the future of energy grids. Future grids will need to have the capability to react almost instantaneously to changes in loads to efficiently manage constantly fluctuating consumption and generation. On utility and DSO side, there is an expectation of a full suite of smart grid devices that match particular requirements. These needs will be shaped by a wide range of factors from population density to climate and geography. Some parts of the world produce a lot of wind power or have access to geothermal sources of energy. Colder regions need to monitor heating consumption, while warmer regions need accurate data on consumption of energy used for cooling. Thanks to cutting-edge solutions from Landis+Gyr, every region can have smart grids tailor-made to their needs in a way that maximizes the gains these technologies offer.
Growing Cooling Market
In the Middle East and parts of Asia, the market for cooling meters is growing fast. Cooling meters offer comfort, economic savings and contribute to climate change mitigation. The obvious need for cooling in hot climates combined with strong economic growth are primary drivers, and in some regions political decisions have played a role, too. One example of this is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where the country is working towards ambitious goals outlined in their Vision 2030 initiative. The plan’s ultimate aim is to use the resources of the country’s petrochemical wealth to redesign economy, while reducing the dependence on oil. This has involved massive investment in several large-scale building projects. For example, the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh has been designed to highlight the country’s status as a financial services power in the region. It is being built to the highest possible energy efficiency standards. Landis+Gyr has provided the project with ultrasonic cooling meters with wireless M-bus functionality, along with advanced software solutions for data processing and billing.
Dubai is also taking similar steps. The new Viceroy Hotel complex has been fitted with Landis+Gyr’s T350 (2WR6) ultrasonic cooling meters with Automatic Meter Readout (AMR) to enable precise consumption-based metering. Dubai’s Shoreline Apartments complex, on the world-famous artificial islands, the Palm Jumeirah, will use a Landis+Gyr cooling solution. In Barwa City in Doha, Qatar, cooling consumption in homes will be precisely measured using Landis+Gyr meters. This technology is also suitable for use in retail projects, like the Avenue Mall in Kuwait and the Mall of Egypt, the largest mall in Cairo.
District Cooling brings many Benefits
Large deployments like this add additional benefits to those of the technology when used on a smaller scale. When smart grid infrastructure is installed from a central point to serve several buildings, which is called “District Cooling”, significant gains are seen in the overall performance. This removes the need for traditional, isolated air conditioning systems and provides gains in energy efficiency of up to 40% and life cycle cost savings of up to 20%. These projects and many more across the region are examples of “full-spectrum cooling solutions” with meters from Landis+Gyr – they cover every stage of the process, from metering to billing. As the buildings of the future are being constructed, Landis+Gyr technologies are playing a key role in ensuring maximum efficiency, with benefits for service providers and customers as well as for the environment.