Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Better Connected Smart Grid Enhances Energy Efficiency

Ethiopia Day and Huawei Electric Power Summit 2015 Held in Ethiopia's Capital
Cairo, Egypt. November 2nd 2015. Huawei, together with the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity of Ethiopia, hosted the Ethiopia Day and Huawei Electric Power Summit 2015 themed “Better Connected Smart Grid, Greater Energy Efficiency” on October 28 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As one of the key events at the World Energy Executive Assembly and World Energy Leaders’ Summit 2015 organized by the World Energy Council (WEC), the event gathered industry experts and senior executives of global electric power companies to discuss emerging industry trends and issues. Topics of discussion included improvements in new energy conversion efficiency, reduction of line losses in long-distance transmission, and the utilization of ICT, sensors, measurement, and control technologies to improve the operation and management efficiency of electric power companies.

Jerry Ji, President of Energy Industry, Enterprise Business Group, Huawei, delivered a keynote speech at the Summit. He said, “Enhancing energy efficiency throughout the entire process, which includes electric power generation, transmission, distribution, and consumption has become a common goal for electric power companies around the world. With Huawei’s Fully-connected Smart Grid Solution based on innovative ICT infrastructure, these companies can build safe, reliable, environmentally friendly, and sustainable power grids to improve energy and operational efficiency.” He went on to highlight that contribution from channel partners is important to the ecosystem as it enables a better connected smart grid that adopts an open architecture. He also said, "In line with its Business-Driven ICT Infrastructure (BDII) guiding principle, Huawei is committed to building a smart grid value chain by focusing on ICT infrastructure and implementing its 'being integrated' strategy. With this, Huawei fully collaborates with its partners in the areas of technology, hardware, software, and services to enable joint innovations, helping customers in the electric power industry achieve business success.”

Mr. Liu Jianming, Deputy Director of Power Information Committee of the Chinese Society for Electrical Engineering (CSEE), also delivered a keynote speech to share best practices and his insights on the importance of ICT in China's smart grid construction. Mr. Liu said, “The State Grid Corporation of China has created a number of innovations in smart grid construction around areas including the adoption of intermittent energy sources such as high-voltage large-capacity long-distance transmission, wind power, smart substations, power distribution automation systems, electricity consumption data collection, real-time interaction between customers and grids, and a technical support system for intelligent scheduling. These innovations have significantly enhanced production safety and the level of intelligence of our power grids." Mr. Liu also introduced the importance of ICT technologies in smart grid deployment and shared his view on global energy internet.

The national institution responsible for generating and supplying electricity in Ethiopia, Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) set a long-term development strategy to increase hydropower supply in the country, include more energy sources in existing grids, and enhance the digitalization of its grids. Commentating on electric power development, Mr. Mekuria Lemma, Head of Strategy and Investment of EEP said, “Ethiopia is abundant in natural energy resources. However, hydropower, solar and wind energy currently only accounts for less than five percent of the country’s total energy generation. We believe that these resources make up the future backbone of electric power development in our country.”

At the Summit, Huawei showcased its Fully-connected Smart Grid Solution in both a corporate operation scenario and electricity operation scenario. Demonstrations in electricity generation, transmission, transformation, distribution, and consumption were provided to show how innovative ICT infrastructure helps electric power companies construct safe, reliable, environmentally friendly, and sustainable power grids that improve their energy and operational efficiency. Huawei also showcased its latest Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Solution that provides a well-designed customer management system to help electric power companies improve operational efficiency. The AMI Solution leverages Hi-Power Line Carrier (PLC) communication, Internet of Things (IoT) gateways and platforms to support enormous volumes of intelligent terminal connections, convenient installations, and the compatibility and adaptability of different intelligent terminals.

In the electric power industry, Huawei has provided services to more than 160 power companies around the world, covering more than 100,000 substations. Huawei’s AMI Solution has helped an African power company enable real-time electricity fee settlement, which previously took the company two to three months to complete. In Thailand, Huawei's Power Transmission and Transformation Solution helped the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) build a secure high-speed grid communications network to facilitate the construction of smart grids. Huawei’s Smart PV Plant Solution has also helped a 20 MW PV power plant in Trowbridge in the United Kingdom increase electricity generation while improving its operational and management efficiency. In China, Huawei has worked with China Southern Power Grid (CSG) to construct its eLTE ultra-broadband wireless smart power distribution network with millisecond latency to support communications requirements of services such as telemetering, remote signaling, remote control, video surveillance and multi-media trunking services that require high bandwidth.