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Africa Utility Week'18: Siemens takes Digital Solutions of the year award

The latest operators of microgrids, Siemens has won the Digital Solutions of the year award for its Siemens South Africa Headquarters Micro Grid Project at the 2018 Africa Utility Week Industry Awards evening which took place in Cape Town, Wednesday night, reports ITRealms.

On why microgrids, ITRealms gathered they are the future of energy management, pointing out that the traditional power grid provides reliable power most of the time. But when natural disasters or security breaches threaten the grid, the ensuring blackouts can be catastrophic and costly.

“It is for this reason that organisations and utilities are working together to build resilient, flexible power systems called microgrids. Operating either as part of traditional grid or independently (or both), mircogrids are revolutionizing the way we manage our energy resources,” said Keshin GovenderHead of Corporate Communications, Siemens, Southern and Eastern Africa.

Govender also explained why microgrids matter, stressing that it’s a scaled-down version of the centralized power system, which could generate, distribute, and control power in a campus setting or small community.

“They are reliable and flexible, they are resilient, they more secure, they save money, they store and incorporate renewable energy,” Govender maintained in a press statement made available to ITRealms.

Further, Govender said, Siemens provides a comprehensive portfolio of products, solutions, and services to help build and operate microgrids of any size.


“We provide generation and distribution of electrical energy as well as monitoring and controlling of microgrids,” he said.

Chuks Egbune/GEE

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Pix: Marco Rahne (Left) and Johan Helberg (Right) receive award on behalf of Siemens

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