Smart metering projects are in full bloom. An innovative solution from the Netherlands, revolutionising the existing road transport, is certainly one of them. Power facilities installed at parking and service areas enable truck drivers to refrigerate loads using electricity instead of diesel generators. Iskraemeco smart electricity meters were one of the core elements for a successful realization of the project that supports and promotes an increasing demand for sustainability in the energy sector.
Based on the smart metering technology from Iskraemeco, the NomadPower solution ensures significant reductions of noise production, CO2 emissions and costs related to refrigerated road transport. In comparison to refrigerating goods by using diesel generators, drivers are now able to refrigerate their loads at parking and service areas using electricity. Alongside, the application is easy to use; it can be activated via mobile, smart phone app or via website and the supply of electricity starts in a few seconds after connection is established. Iskraemeco smart meters provide real-time insight into consumed energy. On the basis of the data that the smart meters transfer, the operator can monitor the consumption via a web portal and receive a detailed personalized invoice on a monthly basis. The installation of smart meters enables switching power on/off, readout of power consumption, reporting, administration and invoicing.
The implementation of the smart meters into the system has proven to be a very simple and transparent part of the project. “We chose Iskraemeco as our smart meter supplier because they have already installed more than 300.000 smart meters in the Netherlands. The experiences they have and the possibilities their meters offer, next to the good value for money, have convinced us to work with them on our new projects. The implementation of the meters in our platform was very easy because we both use DLMS-protocol. Alongside, we received good services and support during our first common projects from Iskraemeco Benelux. Overall we are very satisfied with Iskraemeco smart meters and their support and we look forward to working with them in future projects,” explained Maarten Hektor, manager at Utiliq, one of the founding companies of the NomadPower solution.
Iskraemeco smart meters have already been installed at the first power station in the Netherlands and just recently – in June, the solution was implemented in Belgium. The NomadPower network will gradually cover the entire Benelux region and at a later stage, entire Europe. It will also offer power facilities at other places where refrigerated transport takes place, including distribution centers and cold stores. For this innovative energy concept, NomadPower recently won the prestigious Erasmus Energy Business Award 2013.