High energy current sensors for smart city applications

Smart city current sensors

A new range of products is available for accurately measuring electrical parameters within smart city and Internet-of-Things environments.

LEM has introduced a new range of products called LEM City for future Smart Cities offering innovative and high quality ways of measuring electrical parameters in Smart Grids, Industry 4.0 and renewable energy market.

LEM has developed the “ART” Rogowski current sensor to measure current of up to 10,000A AC and beyond. The ART achieves IEC 61869 Class 1 accuracy without the need for additional components like resistors or potentiometers, which can drift over time. In addition, the ART benefits from “Perfect Loop” technology, a unique patented coil clasp that eliminates the inaccuracy caused by sensitivity to the position of the conductor inside the loop as well as providing an innovative, robust and fast “Twist and Click” closure.

An internal shield is provided as standard to guard against external fields, improving accuracy and optimising performance for small current measurements.

The ART series provides the same ease of installation as existing split-core transformers, but with the benefits of being thinner and more flexible.

Whatever the chosen dimension – 70, 125 and 175mm diameter for the aperture – the ART can be mounted very quickly by simply clipping on to the cable to be measured. Contact with the cable is not necessary, and the ART ensures a high level of safety as well as providing a high rated insulation voltage (1000 V Cat III PD2 – reinforced).

The ART also allows disconnection of the coil to be detected through the use of a security seal passed through a specially designed slot, making it really useful when used with a meter. It can be used in applications requiring a protection degree up to IP 67.

To complete the LEM City product range for AC current measurement up to 125 A, LEM has also created the ATO series of split-core current transformers in 2 mechanical designs, one with a 10 mm diameter aperture and one with 16 mm for the primary conductor. 32 models are available to accommodate different current ranges, and types of output (current or voltage).

Current output ATO models supply a ratio of 1 mA/A with a class accuracy 3 whilst the voltage output ATO models are available either with a ratio of 225 or 333 mV @ IPR (rated primary current), with a class accuracy 1 according to IEC 61869 standard.

There is no need to disconnect the primary conductor carrying the current to be measured when installing the ATO as it can simply be clipped on. It is easy to fix it to the primary conductor thanks to a cable tie system integrated into the case. ATO models can also be mounted firmly in electrical cabinets on DIN Rails thanks to their DIN Rail adapter.

Intelligent electricity network (Smart Grid) applications such as Power Generators, Home Energy Management (HEM), Battery Monitoring Systems (BMS), Medium Voltage/Low Voltage Substations, Sub-metering, Electrical Vehicle Stations and Solar Power Plants integrate more and more current sensors to ensure reliable integration of distributed renewable energy, energy storage, production and consumption. This leads to the implementation of more current sensors to allow control rooms to automate, to monitor remotely and share real-time data of equipment.

ART and ATO series current sensors are CE marked and conform to the IEC 61869 standard, as well as being covered by LEM’s five-year warranty.

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