Electric machinery maker Tatung has disclosed it has obtained from state-run Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) orders for 179,000 single- and 3-phase smart power meters for use in AMI (advanced metering infrastructure) at a total price of about NT$600 million (US$21.3 million), with shipments scheduled for June 2021 for installation in the second half of the year.
The supply is part of Taipower's AMI plans to install 850,000 low-voltage smart power meters in 2021, Tatung said.
Tatung said it began producing power meters in 1954, and had produced 20 million units as of the end of 2020 with the largest market share in Taiwan.
Tatung said it developed the first smart power meter in Taiwan in 2008 and has since shipped over one million units, of which over 50% have been exported.
Tatung has obtained certifications from IEC, ANSI and JIS for smart power meters and has become a qualified supplier for 10 power utility companies in Japan. Tatung has also landed orders for smart power meters from power companies in Malaysia and Thailand.
In the Taiwan market, Tatung-produced smart power meters have been used by nearly 30,000 industrial high-voltage power users.
Tatung in 2019 set up production lines for smart power meters at its factory in Thailand and has begun production.