Qatar's Kahramaa to adopt smart meters by 2016
Kahramaa is likely to adopt smart meters for Doha by 2016, swapping them with its existing conventional meters in the city
Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) is planning to replace conventional meters in Doha, swapping them with smart meters by 2016, it has been found.
Smart meter deployment provides real-time information on the energy, water or natural gas consumption of a building.
“In an endeavour to offer better energy management solutions to consumers, Kahramaa has leveraged the collaborative understanding of Information Technology and the power sector to launch its smart meter project,” Expotrade, a global conference and event organiser, said in a statement.
“The country’s steady movement towards an overall smart energy approach is supported by the installation of smart grid projects and its related technologies such as smart meter that benefits consumers and energy providers in ways more than one.
"Additionally, it enables Kahramaa to optimise energy consumption and promote energy efficiency,” Expotrade added.
Installing a smart meter helps keep a check on power distribution, monitors consumer usage and communicates revenue unit of energy data in real-time between any two-distribution points.
According to an industry study, smart metering market will reach 16.1m units by 2022.
Up to 86% of homes and businesses in the Gulf countries are expected to have smart meters by the same year.
Qatar’s smart meter system is based on a remote reading system that sends electronic readings to the energy supplier automatically.
It is equipped with consumption data recording modules for electricity and water as well as GPS modules for localising individual metering points.
Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani had launched the smart meter system for remote readings of electricity and water consumption in January 2015.
While launching the smart meter system, the Prime Minister had underlined the importance of providing the best services to citizens and residents as well as the need for keeping infrastructure projects in a state of readiness.