‘SMART THAI’ LAUNCH TAKES THAILAND ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS ENERGY EFFICIENCY THROUGH AN EU-FUNDED PROJECT

The World Alliance for Thai Decentralized Energy (WADE Thai) – together with its global counterpart, the World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE), and Full Advantage Co – officially launched a European Union-funded ‘Smart Thai’ project at the Pullman Bangkok King Power hotel on 1 March, 2011.

Panelists from left to right: Supasit Amaralikit; David Sweet, Executive Director WADE; Sutthiya Chantawarangul; Dr Chieanchuang Kalayanamitr; Samuel Cantell, Dr Ludovic Lacrosse; Sridhar Samudrala, Director Asia, WADE; Alan Dale Gonzales, Country Manager, WADE Thai; Vazzan Tirangkura

This project, which received a grant under the Thailand-EU Cooperation Facility (TEC), aims to improve the sustainable economic and social development of Thailand through the efficient delivery of sustainable, economic and secure electricity using Smart/Intelligent Grid systems based on EU models and technologies. Another objective is to transform the generation, transmission and distribution network of Thailand through the enhancement of the capacity of Thai private and public sector organizations in introducing and promoting Smart/Intelligent Grid systems thereby contributing to the national development goals of Thailand in the area of environment, climate change and energy security.

In order to save energy, reduce consumers’ cost and improve reliability, a smart grid delivers electricity from suppliers to consumers using two-way digital technology through control automation, continuous monitoring and optimization of the distribution system. It facilitates communication among all the power system players, providing vertical information to all participants. Smart grid leads to innovation of control model, higher quality of electricity and customer service, access to cleaner energy, demand response control and more sensitive energy technologies.

Stakeholders at the conference

The three major components of the project are:

1. Mainstreaming Smart/Intelligent Grid systems in the generation, transmission and distribution activities in Thailand;

2. Capacity building, know-ledge management and institutional development;

3. Supporting the introduction of pilot Smart/Intelligent Grid systems.

‘Smart grid is the solution of future power control and management. There is a hope for a greener, more convenient and efficient Thailand,’ said Smart Thai Programme Coordinator Vazzan Tirangkura.

The launching seminar successfully introduced the project to its target audience. Enthusiastic key speakers left the impression that Smart Thai is progressing strongly through the cooperation of all stakeholders.


WADE Presents at the Power & Electricity World Africa

Sandton, Johannesburg, SA: The Power & Electricity World Africa conference and exhibition on 26–31 March, served as a gateway for energy companies to gain a foothold in the African energy market.

More than 3000 attendees at the event included power producers, utilities, IPPs and cogenerators, government and regulators, financiers and investors, major industry end users and more.

Right: David Sweet, Executive Director, WADE, with Ademola Ajakaye from Makon Power Systems

The conference focused on the future energy trends and capacity gaps in South Africa as well as developments in smart transmission and distribution, clean technology and energy efficient projects.

WADE executive director, David Sweet made a presentation at the conference on the topic of ‘The Many Benefits of Decentralized Energy – Technologies to Reduce Regional CO2 Emissions and the Cost of Power’.

The conference, which incorporates 14 shows under one roof, is marketed as Africa’s largest power and electricity conference and exhibition.

Delegates and exhibitors at the Power & Electricity World Africa

WADE supports Asia Power T & D Summit 2011

Beijing, China: The Asia Power T&D Summit 2011, held on 16–18 March brought together more than 130 policymakers, experts, decision-makers and professionals to learn about China’s smart grid road map and to share market information and details on the 12th five-year master plan, UHV transmission, intelligent substations construction, information communication technology, next generation intelligent cities, and more.

David Sweet, the executive director of WADE (left), with His Excellency, Dr Neil Parsan, Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago to United States of America, at the Natural Gas Lunch Meeting in Washington, DC on 21 March

Energy companies and delegates from all over the world held joint discussions on the opportunities and challenges in power T&D in China as well as in the Asian Region. David Sweet, executive director, represented WADE at the event and chaired part of the discussion.

The event took place against the backdrop of huge investment in China’s grid. By the end of 2010, the regional capacity on power transmission hit 70 million kV.


WADE joins Smart Hydro Power’s International Roundtable

Munich, Germany: On 4 April Smart Hydro Power revealed its first 5kW micro-hydro turbine system to an international audience. The bright-blue turbine produces 5 kW of clean electricity from flowing water. The event at E.ON´s hydroelectric facility on the Isar River featured a live demonstration of the 5 kW turbine powering a refrigerator filled with champagne and a laptop displaying a user-friendly 230 V voltage. Unlike PV, the turbine demonstrated an ability to supply domestic appliances with converted AC power immediately.

David Sweet, the executive director of WADE, addressing delegates at the Smart Hydro Power event in Munich

‘This turbine will enable increased economic develop-ment in rural regions such as San Martin,’ said Rafael Castillo, energy minister of the Federal State of San Martin, Peru. Smart Hydro Power will donate its first turbine to San Martin, Peru, on 1 June, 2011 to power a local village, hospital and school. David Sweet, WADE’s executive director, said, ‘This technology offers a clean, affordable and sustainable solution for developed and developing countries. For many of the 1.6 billion people who lack access to modern power systems, Smart Hydro Power can be the key to profound improvement in the quality of daily life.’

The company also hosted a small roundtable discussion, ‘Decentralized Electrification: A Unifying Framework for Decentralized Energy’, with 10 representatives of public and private entities with active interest in global electrification, research and development projects. Participants included Dr Maritta Koch-Weser of Earth 3000, Wim Klunne of CSIR, and Klaus Jorde of Entec AG. The focus was electrification projects in developing countries. To find out more about Smart Hydro Power and the turbine, please visit www.smart-hydro.de


 

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