(MENAFN- The Peninsula) Sanaullah Ataullah |
Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) has implemented its Smart Metering Infrastructure Project providing a state-of-the-art and convenient platform for deploying the smart meters in Qatar.
Kahramaa, in a recent report, said that it replaced regular meters with over 200,000 smart electricity meters across the country by fourth quarter (Q4) of 2021.
The smart meter, one of the most prominent projects of Kahramaa for digital transformation, targets to install 600,000 advanced digital meters to read energy consumption more accurately and effectively and transmit the required information safely and quickly.
The smart meters provide real-time readings of power consumption, a better understanding of consumption pattern and enhancing ability of customers to make rationalisation decisions.
The smart meters also enabling customers to monitor their consumption which supports the objectives of the National Program for Conservation and Energy Efficiency (Tarsheed).
Customers are not bearing any costs of replacing regular meters and installing smart meters as Kahramaa assumes all relevant costs.
Smart Metering Infrastructure project is playing a strategic role in Qatar's transition to smart cities and offers an advanced and reliable infrastructure sustaining the national economy.
Smart meters installation is not linked in any way to an increase in calculating monthly consumption fees, as these meters are highly accurate and send consumption data automatically via a dedicated safe network without the need for manual meter readings.
Kahramaa, represented by Tarsheed, had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Japanese Company 'Marubeni' to set up a smart platform for energy efficiency of electricity and water in the residential sector.
The memorandum contributes to supporting the program's efforts through the initiative to reduce 5% of consumption of electricity and water. Under the framework of this memorandum, the two parties succeeded in launching the platform, which activates a number of interactive electronic control panels to measure the customers' behaviour when using energy at their homes.
Under the project, customers fill out a questionnaire through which they determine the number of appliances that consume energy or water, and the application helps them to develop a model plan for consumption for each housing category, according to the number of residents in the house and their pattern of energy consumption.
Last year, Kahramaa enhanced its efforts to provide the necessary infrastructure to operate and support electric vehicles, by opening new stations for charging electric vehicles, including Station No. 19 in Katara, which is the fastest charger for electric vehicles in Qatar with a capacity of 180 kilowatts.
In addition to two charging stations No. 20 and 21 were installed in the Qatar Fire Station Museum and Qatar National Library to promote electric vehicles. The projects aim at ensuring sustainability, environmental protection by reduction of harmful carbon emissions, leading to carbon neutrality.
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