The terminology used in this glossary conforms to the International Vocabulary of Basic and General Terms in Metrology and the International Vocabulary of Legal Metrology. In addition, for CLOU documentation purpose, the following definitions shall apply
Test condition acc. to IEC 62053-21 for protective class II:
a) Apply 4 kV for 1 minute to the meter terminals while all terminals with 40 V or less are pulled to ground.
b) Apply 2 kV for 1 minute between circuits not intended to be connected together in service
No discharging or sparking is allowed.
active power integrated over time
Note: Active energy is usually expressed in kWh or MWh
rate at which energy is transported
Note: In an electrical system active power is measured as the time mean of the instantaneous power, which is calculated at each instant as the product of voltage and current
At sinusoidal conditions active power is the product of the r.m.s. values of current and voltage and the cosine of the phase angle between them, calculated for each phase. It is usually expressed in kW.
|Active Power Calculation|
This is the power calculated from a certain energy over a time.
average power = recorded energy divided by duration time for the record
COmpanion Specification for Energy Metering
sets the rules, based on existing standards, for data exchange with energy meters
used together with DLMS
value of the electrical current flowing through the meter
Note: The term “current” indicates r.m.s. (root mean square) values unless otherwise specified
internal connections of the meter and part of the measuring element through which flows the current of the circuit to which the meter is connected
The principle of electrical energy measurement is to detect the actual current, the actual voltage and the phase shift (power factor). This values are giving us the instantaneous power . The power multiplied by the time is the consumed energy.
Let’s take a look at a terminal block for a direct connected threephase 4 wire meter.
The red arrows are indicating the so-called “I-P links”, one for each phase. By unfastening the two screws the link can be moved to the right side. So there will be no connection between the current- and voltage measurement circuits. This links are only for meter testing purpose with a test bench, as here the voltages and currents are provided individually. (The voltages are connected to the screw on the right side of the link.)
A meter in the field must have all links closed.
meter intended for use by direct connection to the circuit(s) being measured, without the use of external device(s) such as instrument transformer(s)
part of the meter that displays the measurement results either continuously or on demand
ratio of the r.m.s. value of the harmonic content to the r.m.s. value of the fundamental term
Note 1: The harmonic content is obtained e.g. by subtracting from a non-sinusoidal alternating quantity its fundamental term.
Note 2: The distortion factor is usually expressed as a percentage. It is equivalent to THD, total harmonic distortion
Device Language Message specification
a generalised concept for abstract modelling of communication entities
instrument intended to measure electrical energy continuously by integrating power with respect to time and to store the result
DIN EN BS 50470-3, VDE 0418-0-3
Electricity metering equipment (a.c.)
– Part 3: Particular requirements
– Static meters for active energy (class indexes A, B and C)
Laboratory meter test equipment should operate under the following climatic conditions.
|Nominal temperature||23 °C ±2 °C|
|Operating temperature range||+5 °C … 45 °C|
|Limit range for storage and transport|
(max. 6 h at the extremes of this temperature range)
|-25 °C … 60 °C|
|Max. relative humidity||≤ 85 %, not condensate|
The environment should be dust free.
The European Accreditation Association has per country one member. This members are allowed to approve test laboratories for e.g. calibration according to according to ISO / IEC 17025. The approved test laboratories are so-called Notified Bodies.
The members of the Association will never issue a type-test certificate by themselves, but they guarantee that the certificates issued by their notified bodies are in compliance with the relevant standards.
Example: Type Test Certificate, issued by KEMA, Netherlands
The responsible member of the European Accreditation Association is the Dutch Accreditation Council (RvA). The RvA has issued under the registration no. K006 and K009 the approval for DNV GL Netherlands B.V. to issue calibration certificates.
KEMA is operating under the umbrella of DNV GL Netherlands B.V. For recognition purpose still the old name “KEMA” is in use.
So a KEMA certificate is traceable to the European Accreditation Association.
Electricity Metering Equipment (DC)
– Particular Requirements
– Part 41: Static meters for direct current energy (classes 0,2, 0,5 and 1) (IEC 13/1592/CD:2014)
– Payment systems – Part 41:
Standard transfer specification (STS)
– Application layer protocol for one-way token carrier systems
Electricity metering data exchange
– The DLMS/COSEM suite –
Part 6-1: Object Identification System (OBIS) (IEC 62056-6-1)
This standard replaces the IEC 62056-61.
Test of the insulation performance of the EUT.
IEC 62052-11, part 7.3 Insulation
Energy meters have typically protection class II. The rated impulse voltage is 4 kV for meters < 150 V ph-earth or 6 kV for meters with ph-earth voltage between 150 V and 300 V. For each test the impulse voltage is conducted ten times with one polarity and ten times with reversed polarity. The minimum time between the impulses shall be 3 s. Impulse waveform is 1.2/50 μs.
part of the meter that displays the measurement results either continuously or on demand
Phase current is measured and presented in corresponded DLMS/COSEM objects for each phase separately. Internally currents are always measured in mA.
Instantaneous current is measured in the meter every second.
The STS Key management centre is operated for the STS association by the national electricity utility company Eskom in South Africa. Their services are as follows:
- The registration of Supply Group Codes (SGCs) on the KMC
- The registration of all security modules on the KMC
- The initialisation of all security modules on the KMC
- The generation of all STS vending keys for the relevant Supply Group Codes
- The loading / coding of the relevant STS vending keys into security modules, for use by the appointed vending equipment manufacturer/s. This will include security modules that are new, repaired or that need to be re-coded. The physical coding needs to take place in Eskom’s KMC in Midrand
- The loading of a key file onto a disk to accompany the security module (for loading onto the vending equipment). The disks will be supplied by Eskom
- The loading of STS vending keys on key cards, for use by the appointed meter manufacturer/s. The physical loading of the key cards needs to take place in Eskom’s KMC in Midrand.
A latching relay keeps its contact position indefinitely without power applied to the coil. The advantage is that the coil consumes power only for an instant moment while the relay is being switched, and the relay contacts retain this setting across a power outage.
Usually in electricity meters the load switch is a latching relay.
It is located between the supply input and load output terminals of the energy meter.
The relay is able to make, carry and break all values of currents between the minimum switched current rating to the rated breaking current for all values of the rated operating voltage range and the specified operating temperature range of the meter.
For prepayment meters (see also IEC 62055-31)
The rated breaking current (Ic) shall be equal to Imax of the payment meter.
The minimum switched current shall be equal to the nominal starting current of the payment
The rated breaking voltage (Uc) shall be equal to the upper limit of the extended operating voltage range of the payment meter.
The load switches have different categories for utilization. (UC = Utilization Category)
The payment meter load switching utilization category is subject to the purchase agreement between the payment meter supplier and the purchaser and shall be marked on the label of the payment meter as UC1, UC2, UC3, or UC4.
Category UC1 is applicable to payment meters rated at maximum currents up to 100 A. There is no requirement for the load switch to also switch the neutral circuit. The short time overcurrent is acc. to IEC 62053-21 for meters for direct connection (30* Imax for half cycle).
Payment meters with load switching category UC2, UC3 or UC4 shall have the following properties:
a) capable of making and breaking negligible currents of specified values
b) capable of making, breaking and carrying rated currents of specified values
c) capable of making into fault currents with specified value and under specified conditions
d) capable of carrying short-circuit currents of specified value for a specified time period and under specified conditions
e) not required to provide safety isolation properties in the open contact position. These are requirements for the installation mains isolation switch
f) not required to break overload currents or short-circuit currents. These are requirements for fuses and circuit breakers that are normally used to protect the installation.
|Fault current making capacity, C.5||2.5 kA||3 kA||4.5 kA|
|Short-circuit current, C.6 test 1||4,5 kA||6 kA||10 kA|
| Short-circuit current,|
C.6 test 2
|2.5 kA||3 kA||4,5 kA|
For detailed information refer to IEC 62055-31, annex C.
maximum current (Imax)
highest value of current at which the meter is specified by the manufacturer to meet the accuracy requirements
Maximum demand registers are storing the highest actual average value measured in each period. At the end of each period the actual average value from 1.0.x.4.0 registers are compared with the maximum demand value. If the actual average demand value is higher than the maximum demand value, it replaces the value stored in the maximum demand register.
Maximum demand values are set to zero value at the end of each billing period.
Maximum demand can be calculated for:
– active energy in both directions
-reactive energy per quadrant and as sum of two quadrants
– apparent energy in both flow directions
The tariff 1…8 is indicated by i.
extreme value of measurement error, with respect to a known reference quantity value, permitted by specifications or regulations for a given measurement, measuring instrument or measuring system
Note: Usually, the term “maximum permissible errors” or “limits of errors” is used where there are two extreme values
part of the meter that transforms a current and a voltage into a signal proportional to the power and or energy
minimum current (Imin)
lowest value of current at which the meter is specified by the manufacturer to meet the accuracy requirements
nominal frequency (fnom)
frequency of the voltage (and current) specified by the manufacturer for normal operation of the meter
nominal voltage (Unom)
voltage specified by the manufacturer for normal operation of the meter
Note: Meters designed for operation across a range of voltages may have several nominal voltage values.
- Avoid contact with energized electrical circuits
- Treat all electrical devices as if they are live or energized
- Disconnect the power source before servicing or repairing electrical equipment.
- Use only tools and equipment with non-conducting handles when working on electrical devices.
- Never use metallic pencils or rulers, or wear rings or metal watchbands when working with electrical equipment.
- When it is necessary to handle equipment that is plugged in, be sure hands are dry and, when possible, wear nonconductive gloves, protective clothes and shoes with insulated soles.
- If it is safe to do so, work with only one hand, keeping the other hand at your side or in your pocket, away from all conductive material.
- Never touch another person’s equipment or electrical control devices unless instructed to do so.
- Enclose all electric contacts and conductors so that no one can accidentally come into contact with them.
- Never handle electrical equipment when hands, feet, or body are wet or perspiring, or when standing on a wet floor.
- When it is necessary to touch electrical equipment (for example, when checking for overheated motors), use the back of the hand. Thus, if accidental shock were to cause muscular contraction, you would not “freeze” to the conductor.
- Be aware that interlocks on equipment disconnect the high voltage source when a cabinet door is open but power for control circuits may remain on.
- De-energize open experimental circuits and equipment to be left unattended.
This typetest is also called burden measurement. Applicable standards IEC62053-21, IEC62053-22
The active and apparent power consumption in each circuit of a meter at reference voltage, reference temperature and reference frequency shall not exceed the values shown below.
|Cl. 0.2 S||Cl. 0.5 S||Cl. 1||Cl. 2|
|Voltage circuits||2 W, 10 VA||2 W, 10 VA||2 W, 10 VA||2 W, 10 VA|
|Current circuits||1 VA||1 VA||4.0 VA||2.5 VA|