Mon, November 20, 2017, 05:24
 

Deputy of smart network

In March 2009 implementation of Iranian national advanced metering infrastructure plan (FAHAM) was placed on the agenda of Iran government and Power Ministry of Iran. The target was decreasing electricity loss at least 1% per year and 14% decrease in overall network loss by 2015. Afterwards preparation of seven years roadmap to exchange of electricity meters for all customers was started. FAHAM project is funded by Power Ministry of Iran and under the supervision of Iran Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Management Company (TAVANIR). The Leader of the project is SABA (Iran Energy Efficiency Organization) and it is done under consultancy services of Monenco Iran Company.

FAHAM transforms the meter from a simple measuring and counting device, to one element of an integrated system of hardware, software and people that can be used to better manage the electric service which customers find essential to their lives.

FAHAM is not simply a tool to capture customer consumption of energy, but hardware and software architecture capable of capturing realtime consumption, demand, voltage, current and other information.

Data can be provided at the customer level and for other enterprise level systems either on a scheduled basis or on demand. FAHAM will communicate this data to a central location, sorting and analyzing it for a variety of purposes such as customer billing, outage response, system loading conditions and demand side management. FAHAM as a twoway communication network, will also send this information to other systems, customers and third parties, as well as send information back through the network and meters to capture additional data, control equipment and update the configuration and software of equipments.

FAHAM has some major benefits for distribution system, customers and external parties, including below items:

Economical benefits

  • Reducing non-technical losses
  • Demand management (tariff management)
  • Improving consumption patterns through the information shared with the customer
  • Improving the payment system
  • Reducing total costs of meter’s reading, operation and maintenance, and customer’s disconnection and reconnection
  • Preparation for electricity retail markets

Social benefits                 

  • No need for periodic trips to each physical location to read the meters
  • Establishment of appropriate services for developing the electronic government
  • Increasing electricity sale options with different prices
  • Power delivery with higher quality and reliability
  • Reducing cost of electricity due to reduced operating costs
  • Increasing billing accuracy and speed by eliminating the human error factor
  • Providing better customer service
  • Creating customer’s participation in consumption management and costs reduction

Environmental benefits

  • Reducing polluted gas and CO2 emissions
  • Reducing consumption through network energy management and reducing network losses
  • Demand management through sharing the information with customers

Business Needs of FAHAM project

  • Correcting customer’s consumption pattern
  • Preparing for complete elimination
  • Applying energy management by the network operator in normal and critical conditions
  • Improving meter readings and billing processes
  • Reducing non-technical losses as well as monitoring technical losses in distribution network
  • Improving the quality of service, reducing duration of power cuts and supervision on electric power quality
  • Developing distributed generation and clean energy usage
  • Possibility of electricity pre-sale and establishing electricity retail markets
  • Optimizing operation and maintenance costs
  • Providing appropriate management of water and gas meters
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