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Implementation of FAHAM in Mashhad was nominated for global green project award 2017 in annual competitions handled by European Association for Green Management

Implementation of FAHAM in Mashhad was nominated for global green project  award 2017 in annual competitions handled by European Association for Green Management

Implementation of FAHAM in Mashhad County as a pioneer region in employing smart electricity meters as well as smart energy management was nominated for global green project award 2017 in annual competitions handled by European Association for Green Management (EAGM). Accordingly, it was assessed from the viewpoint of Environmental, Accounting, Social and Technical (EAST) criteria. 

Mashhad electricity distribution company (MEDC) is one of the pilot distribution companies for implementing FAHAM project which has achieved valuable results subsequent to employing smart meters and intelligent load management. In accordance with starting FAHAM project in five Iranian electricity distribution companies as pilot regions, MEDC started it in April 2015 profiting from a five-year experience in AMI execution. It was planned to install 2000 smart meters and employing smart application systems in each region according to the FAHAM project. MEDC is the first distribution company that has accomplished the execution of it. In 28 December 2015, the efficiency and operation tests of FAHAM for the group of 2000 smart meters were successfully fulfilled by Iran Energy Efficiency Organization (IEEO) and Monenco Iran Consulting Engineers Company. In accordance with this project, 488, 592, 120 and 800 smart meters has been installed for primary voltage large customers, secondary voltage large customers, three-phase small customers and single-phase small customers, respectively. Regarding other smart meters employed by MEDC except FAHAM requirements, near 21000 smart meters are operating in Mashhad County at present, which register 40% of energy consumption in this region.   

Utilizing smart meters and performing smart load management by the means of read electricity consumption data (even in 15 minutes-long period) have resulted in noticeable achievements for MEDC and its customers.

Connection of MEDC’s electricity billing system to the system of smart meters management was established in 2012. Now, customers equipped with smart meters are able to follow their daily electricity consumption data and receive related bills in desired dates.  

FAHAM has made it possible to precisely read input/output energy data and calculate electric energy loss. Through implementing FAHAM project, MEDC succeeded to reduce the electricity loss from 8.2% in 2015 to 6.8% in 2016 resulting in 84000 MWh energy saving in a year.

AMI system executed in FAHAM project is able to detect any falsification of electricity meters. Opening the cover of meter terminal or meter’s frame and exposing intensive magnetic field are some kinds of meter falsification which would be detected by means of FAHAM devices.

Measuring power quality indices including power factor, THD, voltage violations and phase current imbalances is the other benefit of smart load management system attained in MEDC.  

Furthermore, the capacity of online reading the generation data related to distributed generators is an advantage of implementing FAHAM project in MEDC.

One of the main achievements of smart distribution systems is monitoring the variations of electric load and energy in short term (even 15 minutes-long periods) which makes it possible to perform demand response programs. Online monitoring of Operational Reserve (OR) program, a kind of demand response program, is an undeniable result of FAHAM project in MEDC which is capable of reducing the hourly load as much as 100 MW. MEDC has organized demand management groups so as to follow the amount of load reduced by volunteer customers in peak hours (12:00 to 17:00 in working days) and gain the expected limits through making contacts with customers and optimizing load management procedure. 

Concerning the valuable achievements mentioned above, Implementation of FAHAM in Mashhad County was nominated for global green project award 2017 and assessed from the viewpoint of EAST criteria.

Regarding EAST criteria, this project can prevent from producing 60000 tons of pollutants including CO2, SO2 and nitrogen oxides. Accordingly, Internal Rate of Return (IRR) and Net Present Value (NPV) indices have been estimated as much as 165% and 8 million dollars, respectively. These results demonstrate the value of MEDC’s FAHAM project as a pioneer green project which is beneficial to manage electric energy consumption and protect environment.

 

Sep 2, 2016 15:22
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