Data algorithm, digital substations and integrated energy management platforms – these are some of the exciting forefront of new technologies that beckon for the future of grid stability and security as well as energy sustainability in the long-run. These very technologies are the crux of support for TNB’s underlying plans to invest some RM18.8bil over the next 3 years for transmission and distribution grid capacity, including RM2.7bil for its Grids of the Future proposal. In Siemens, TNB has found a partner that can deliver not just all of the technologies above, but which is currently rolling out some 340,000 smart meters in Malacca under the ongoing Siemens EnergyIP solution for smart meter data management to help TNB cut back on their metering operational cost and non-technical losses in the subsequent phases.
The EnergyIP Smart Meter Data Management was one of the showcase highlights by Siemens at its prime exhibition pavilion space at the Conference of the Electric Power Supply Industry (CEPSI) 2018, themed ‘Reimagining Utility of the Future’ held from Sept 17 to Sept 22 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The event is reputed to be the most prestigious and one of the biggest to be organized for the electricity supply industry in Asia Pacific, of which Siemens is the Diamond Sponsor and TNB as the host of the event this year.
Siemens high-profile participation in the event is about demonstrating its digitalization and smart energy strength across the entire value chain, and how carbon emissions (from energy consumption as one of the major causes) can be cut down in the long-term through advanced and smart technology solutions that reduce need for resources and increase efficiency of power generation, energy production and electricity distribution. In fact, TNB has outlined plans of installing a total of 1.2mil smart meters in Klang Valley following the pilot phase that was carried out by Siemens in Malacca. This only bodes good news for Siemens as the primary technology partner, in which various other solutions through its EnergyIP platform can be realized, such as the time-of-use tariffs, smart pre-payment and demand response besides enabling end users to monitor and manage their personal usage via a complementary customer portal.
The event was graced by VIP Guest-of-Honor The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, as well as the Minister of Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment YB Yeo Bee Yin who had a walkabout earlier in the morning. Siemens Malaysia President & CEO Mr Indranil Lahiri, who was the Keynote Speaker on Day 1 of the conference’s opening ceremony, said the energy sector is undergoing a transition with unprecedented technological advancements in light that clean energy and a low-carbon future are the emerging agenda for the economy and the industry.