GE Power announces energy transmission plan for Africa

Jul 23, 2018
Companies
Posted by Patrick Haddad

GE Power has released a white paper detailing plans for energy transmission and distribution across sub-Saharan Africa.

In the paper, titled ‘Digitization of Energy Transmission & Distribution in Africa’, both the challenges and opportunities facing the energy sector in the region are discussed.

Issues with infrastructure in the region which have led to low electrification are addressed, such as faulty or old equipment. In the paper, smart technology is evaluated with regards to its ability to improve the efficiency of energy transmission.

“Transmission and distribution networks are seen to be the weakest links in Africa’s power systems and hence represent a huge opportunity area for improvement,” commented Lazarus Angbazo, CEO of the Sub Saharan Africa division at GE’s Grid Solutions business.

“Going forward, there is a need to move beyond simply maintaining and repairing aged infrastructure.”

“To truly advance the power sector, a holistic approach needs to be adopted; one that ensures sustainability, reliability and longevity of power supply.”

“By utilizing internet of things (IoT) technology, the smarter grids of tomorrow will deliver all-encompassing solutions based on the convergence of operating technology (OT) with information technology (IT) and incorporating emerging concepts such as distributed generation and energy storage.”

 

Source: Energy Digital

Photo (for illustrative purposes): HV Pylon, South Africa/ NJR ZA/ Wikimedia/ CC BY-SA 3.0

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