Digital evolution underway in African power sector

May 18, 2017 6:46 am2 commentsViews: 29
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CAPE TOWN- OVER 200 government officials, electric power industry executives and experts have gathered in Cape Town, South Africa to explore ways to accelerate digital transformation within the power industry.Meeting under the aegis of the fifth Huawei Power Summit, under the theme, “Leading New ICT, the Road to Smart Grid”, the stakeholders discussed how innovative information and communications technology products and solutions can be used to enable a Smart Grid that delivers efficient, reliable and affordable energy to consumers.The power summit organised by Huawei, the leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, was a co-located event at Africa’s largest electric power exhibition, African Utility Week (AUW) 2017.The summit came in the wake of resources being increasingly depleted and power companies searching for a reliable and sustainable way of providing electricity.Companies are seen progressively moving towards Smart Grids which integrate traditional power systems with advanced ICT technologies, including cloud computing, big data, internet of things (IoT) and mobility, to connect, support situational-awareness, and achieve business intelligence of various power terminals.Huawei showcased one-stop Smart Grid ICT solutions.Among these, together with State Grid Information and Telecommunication Technology Company of China, NARI Group of China State Grid, and SAP, it demonstrated smart service solutions covering power generation, transmission, transformation, distribution, and consumption.The solutions represent the latest developments of a Smart Grid designed to run and manage modern energy networks.“The use of Smart Grids is being unfolded,” said Jerry Ji, President of Energy Sector, Huawei Enterprise Business Group.He said leveraging Huawei’s leading ICT, they had developed major solutions together with partners, covering all aspects of the electric power industry and the Power Cloud solution. Ji said in line with Huawei’s ‘platform + ecosystem’ strategy, they are working with strategic partners to build an open and win-win ecosystem for the electric power industry.In addition, Huawei has helped over 170 electric power customers improve their energy management efficiency and ensure safe and reliable operations of grids, to light up and enrich the modern society, and to promote the utilization of renewable energy resources.Jiten Lala, from T-Systems, said the company was focused on providing simple, secure and affordable cloud services such as the joint Electric Power Industry Cloud solution -to help customers transform and succeed.“Moreover, this solution can free customers from worrying about business cases and enable customers to use affordable digital services,” said Lala.Anthony Youdeowei, Chief Executive Officer of Ikeja Electric, Nigeria’s largest power distribution company, said the firm had deployed Huawei’s Intelligent Meter Reading solution to provide reliable technical support for energy conservation and intelligent and modern management.“We have not only improved the efficiency of our operations and management but also promoted the overall intelligent construction of Nigeria’s electric power industry and enhanced our international competency,” Youdeowei said.The highlight of the summit was the collaboration reached between Huawei and Eskom on a Joint Innovation Centre at the former’s OpenLab where they will jointly develop smart grid innovations.

– CAJ News

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