Quasar Systems NZ’s leading supplier and integrator of revenue and power quality meters and metering systems to local power generators and distributors has recently been awarded a contract by Transpower New Zealand for the supply of revenue meters following an extensive evaluation programme.
Transpower has approximately 450 legacy revenue meters installed at some 152 substations throughout New Zealand. When purchased in the early 1990’s the meters were ‘state of the art’ technology but are now nearing the end of their physical life.
Transpower Communications Manager Rebecca Wilson says that as the meters need to be replaced, it is an opportunity to take advantage of the advanced features available with current metering technologies offered in the Schneider Electric PowerLogic ION8800 devices.
ION meters and Racks and ION Enterprise software have been trialed by Transpower and its subsidiary EMS for the past 12 months to evaluate their suitability for the Company’s demanding present-day and future requirements. The high accuracy and a wide range of features of the ION8800 meter, and their position as the world’s most advanced power and energy meter, met Transpower’s high standards.
Providing the information necessary to perform grid capacity planning and stability analysis, monitor power quality compliance, supply agreements, and regulatory requirements, means that the metered data can be fully integrated with Transpower’s existing data systems. This is achieved via ION Enterprise software and existing SCADA systems, through multiple communication channels and protocols.