The introduction of Smart Metering in natural gas (NG) distribution is encouraged by several positive opportunities both for distribution companies and for end-users. In fact, as justified by the Italian National Authority, NG Smart Metering allows a new philosophy of measurement respect to the traditional system, since it will be able to reach several objectives as the reduction of the operative cost for fiscal activities, the improvement of measuring performances, a more conscious use of natural gas by end-users and, last but not least, a more effective monitoring of eventual leakages from the networks. Roll-out plans have been started by distribution Companies to install almost 11 million of devices since the 2018, respecting the scheduled dates by the National Authority. However, several technical issues are still unsolved as, but not limited to, power supply batteries and remote controlled valves. Several technical factors have to be considered to make the best selection; in the case of installation of new batteries, for example, the electric loads, the size, , the environmental conditions, the cost and safety considerations have to be analyzed. To analyze the topic, the paper is divided as follow: in the first part a brief overview about the implementation of the new measuring system in Italian and European market is made in order to show the state of the art of the technology; in the second part, the description of smart meters and of main technical issues are proposed with the aim to highlight the most interesting topics in which technical research should be directed to improve gas smart metering performance; being power supply one of this, in the section a simple model is proposed to classify the selection of the component.. Being no present in literature or in technical documents information about the actual level of implementation of the gas smart metering in Italian market andhe required efforts to respect the scheduled roll-out plans, a simple analysis is performed with the aim to highlight possible issues.

Gas smart metering in Italy: State of the art and analysis of potentials and technical issues

Bianchini A.;Guzzini A.
;
Pellegrini M.;Saccani C.
2018

Abstract

The introduction of Smart Metering in natural gas (NG) distribution is encouraged by several positive opportunities both for distribution companies and for end-users. In fact, as justified by the Italian National Authority, NG Smart Metering allows a new philosophy of measurement respect to the traditional system, since it will be able to reach several objectives as the reduction of the operative cost for fiscal activities, the improvement of measuring performances, a more conscious use of natural gas by end-users and, last but not least, a more effective monitoring of eventual leakages from the networks. Roll-out plans have been started by distribution Companies to install almost 11 million of devices since the 2018, respecting the scheduled dates by the National Authority. However, several technical issues are still unsolved as, but not limited to, power supply batteries and remote controlled valves. Several technical factors have to be considered to make the best selection; in the case of installation of new batteries, for example, the electric loads, the size, , the environmental conditions, the cost and safety considerations have to be analyzed. To analyze the topic, the paper is divided as follow: in the first part a brief overview about the implementation of the new measuring system in Italian and European market is made in order to show the state of the art of the technology; in the second part, the description of smart meters and of main technical issues are proposed with the aim to highlight the most interesting topics in which technical research should be directed to improve gas smart metering performance; being power supply one of this, in the section a simple model is proposed to classify the selection of the component.. Being no present in literature or in technical documents information about the actual level of implementation of the gas smart metering in Italian market andhe required efforts to respect the scheduled roll-out plans, a simple analysis is performed with the aim to highlight possible issues.
Proceedings of the Summer School Francesco Turco
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Bianchini A., Guzzini A., Pellegrini M., Saccani C.
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