Many utilities are actively studying SmartGrid implementation on their networks as they face a new regulatory regime to liberalize the EU energy market. However, utilities face two key barriers to implement SmartGrid: the large investment cost and lack of in-house exper- ience and processes required to develop, inte- grate and operate telecommunications and IT systems.
ElectraStar's utility partners can readily take advantage of SmartGrid's benefits because Elec- traStar finances the entire telecommunications platform on the power grid, reducing SmartGrid costs by about 50%, and ElectraStar's in- vestment structure for our pan-European net- works offers our utility partners off-balance sheet financing for SmartGrid projects.
Transformer substation monitoring (TSM) - real-time power quality mon- itoring, end-to-end voltage monitoring, outage detection and video security surveillance: optimizes network main- tenance and reduces costs for pre- ventive and emergency maintenance and repairs.
Load management system (LMS) - dynamically delivers power when and where needed while reducing overall power consumption to reduce utili- ties' energy acquisition costs.
Centralized electronic ripple control (ERC) - improves efficiency and reli- ability by replacement of legacy elec- tro-mechnical devices.
Management system - comprising software and database applications to collect, display and analyse real- time data from AMR, TSM and LMS systems, integrated with utilities' GIS and asset management systems.