Author: Avril company
At the recent two sessions, carbon summit and carbon neutral were written into the government work report for the first time, which became the hot topic in the community. In order to cope with climate change, China proposes to achieve carbon peak by 2030 and carbon neutral by 2060. In order to implement the dual carbon target, the key lies in energy conservation and emission reduction, and intelligent energy measurement is the basis of energy conservation and emission reduction. Only by strengthening the research, implementation and promotion of intelligent energy measurement, can energy conservation and emission reduction be targeted. If there is no accurate and reliable measurement data, energy consumption may be a muddle headed account.
Intelligent energy measurement (SEM) refers to how to determine the use of natural gas, water, electricity and heat resources through technical means. So why is SEM so important? The most straightforward answer is the question of resources. Many areas lack sufficient natural resources, such as water resources, to meet the needs of people’s daily life. Another reason is that countries are striving to use natural resources in the most effective and practical way, so that they can be protected and used sustainably to meet the needs of future economic and social development.
Smart meters can accurately and clearly show the amount of energy used, which is beneficial for utility service providers and their customers. With the help of Internet of things (IOT) and other technologies, the overall efficiency of intelligent instruments can be further improved. Even smart meters connected through 4G or Nb IOT networks can be used to measure and report energy consumption, so that utility service providers and energy distributors can manage and adjust the supply chain in real time to meet customer needs. However, the application of SEM is not limited to the measurement field. They are increasingly used in the field of communication, especially for the communication between instruments and data concentrators and cloud infrastructure.
Trends and challenges of energy measurement
Recently, more accurate billing products are favored, and the market demand is increasing. Utility service providers find that traditional measurement methods are not accurate enough, which causes losses to both customers and energy providers. For example, the accuracy of current measurement methods is not high, accounting accuracy is only 60%, which means that consumers pay less, and public utility service providers are suffering losses. On the other hand, consumers themselves demand more transparency in billing. Because in addition to the problem of charging less, the phenomenon of charging more often occurs. Greater transparency can help consumers understand exactly what services they are paying for.
In addition, in some residential areas, another problem for suppliers is that there is no payment list. This may be caused by prepayment or credit payment. The emergence of these payment methods reduces the situation that users default on bills, and service providers do not need to interrupt the supply because of users’ arrears. If utility service providers provide prepayment or credit payment services to consumers, the accuracy of billing will become very critical.
Another trend is that residential and commercial areas have different transportation needs, and the applications are also diverse. Different regions will create their own unique data model, analyze and get insight. A commercial factory needs stable energy supply throughout the year, while residential areas may only need to increase energy supply during peak hours, such as before residents go to work in the morning. Service providers can determine how much energy they need to deliver based on the measurement data they collect, so as to manage supply and demand more efficiently. At the same time, they can accurately judge the supply and demand situation at different times according to these data, so as to balance the system load.
Asia and other regions are calling for more sustainable and cost-effective energy management infrastructure. No matter which industry enterprises are in, they should pay attention to energy conservation and emission reduction, and try to reduce the carbon footprint. However, only monitoring how energy is distributed needs to consume a lot of power resources. This makes the market demand for centralized power grid and management system increase, especially in the cloud infrastructure. Through the use of virtual access and digital management, we can reduce the carbon footprint. In addition, with the help of digital infrastructure and cloud infrastructure, the security of measurement can be improved. Because compared with traditional equipment, it is much more difficult to access and tamper with digital instruments.
Smart energy management solutions play an important role
First and foremost, intelligent meters can charge accurately. After the SEM module is deployed, its accuracy can reach 90%. This includes the setting of cost accounting standards, including rates, billing time and deadline. Because the intelligent meter can accurately read the meter in real time according to the needs, energy distributors can more easily provide prepayment or credit payment and other payment options. On the other hand, more accurate pricing also means stricter deadlines for defaulters.
SEM solution is very practical because of its excellent performance in the application process. For example, smart meters can be used to monitor abnormal data patterns and quickly determine which areas are experiencing energy loss, which will lead to better services and more accurate billing. These measurements can also be used for custom reports. In addition, they can use advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence to predict consumption patterns, so as to allocate energy more effectively. The use of various modules also helps to monitor the performance of the equipment and find out the equipment faults that lead to energy waste. SEM can also better manage the system load because it can be priced according to the time needed.
Finally, SEM can make the system more sustainable operation and save cost. For example, the development of smart grid with the help of cloud infrastructure reflects this point. Smart grid is cleaner, safer and more sustainable, and can better meet the national and global carbon emission reduction requirements. They are also equipped with advanced system monitoring solutions to reduce network security risks.
With the advancement of digital transformation, the way of energy management is also changing. By using SEM technology, energy suppliers, distributors and end users will benefit from it. The technology will improve accuracy, transparency and security. More importantly, it opens up a more environmentally friendly and sustainable future for the entire energy industry.