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The Nation

Published Date: Dec 4, 2016

Chinese experts to brief seminar on smart-grid devices

In order to spruce up the power distribution system Chinese experts will be giving presentation on smart-grid devices, utilisation of technology and software in power supply management in an efficient manner.
Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) will be organising a three-day seminar from December 6 to 8th, wherein Chinese experts of Henen Kosen Enterprise Development Company China will have interaction with industry and utility leaders on the latest methods of optimal utilisation of the available energy for the collective benefit of power produces and end users.
The presentation will mainly focus on different aspects of Smart Grid such as, Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), Outage Management System (OMS), Peak Load Management System (PLMS), Renewable Energy (RE) Integration etc.
Smart Grid Technology is used to achieve advanced asset management (AAM), which can enhance asset utilisation, efficiency and improve system reliability.
Now when under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project $15.5 billion worth of coal, wind, solar and hydropower projects will add 10,400MW of energy to the national grid, the real challenge left in the power sector is managing the upgrading of the transmission, distribution and metering sector efficiently.
There is a need to implement smart grid technologies to close the increasing gap between demand and supply, reduce high level of losses, and tap into the enormous renewable energy potential and to automate power transmission and distribution.
Smart grid concepts are a result of the convergence of information and communication technologies with electric power technologies.
Smart grids with the potentials they provide, especially in load communication and control, release numerous opportunities for better utilisation of available resources, including renewable energies and energy-saving possibilities.
Therefore, it is imperative to focus on smart-grid technologies, which will enable the Discos to manage the load through both supply and demand side interventions.
Smart grids are a significant technology enabler, which could allow consumers to participate in energy usage decisions, while optimising grid operations and increase reliability.
The experts of Henen Kosen will share the experience of use of smart grid technologies in China for various maintenance techniques, which improves performance of power system.
In the panel discussions, the Chinese experts will debate smart grid policies needed to encourage innovation, incentives required for Discos and NTDC to achieve energy efficiency, load management and conservation initiatives, required incentives to attract private players.