We interviewed some of the prominent speakers gathering in Dubai this April at the Smart Grids and Smart Meters Summit organized by Fleming.
See their professional opinion below and join then in Dubai to continue the dialogue!
"To properly identify drivers of change in Smart Grids is imperative to distinguish between developing and developed economies drivers. For the developing economies the drivers focus more on technologies that improve current operations (O&M costs and losses, asset utilization, and revenue collection), while the drivers for developed economies focus on enabling characteristics of a smart grid (customer participation, and energy efficiency improvements). In general, however, Advance Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is the common priority technology to both developing and developed economies across all drivers."
Jordanian Electric Power Company (JEPCO), Jordan
Head of GIS Dept.
“IoT will be a major factor in driving the smart grids sector. With its new standards and communication protocols, IoT will enable effective communication between the meter and the backend systems. Home automation sensors and actuators will also be more connected to the smart meters. In addition, mobility is another driver of the smart grids, Smart Mobile applications will be built to enable consumers and service providers to manage the demand more effectively and efficiently. Consumers will have access to more useful and updated information about their consumption patterns and that should result in better utilization of their service. Mobile apps will simplify and improve the efficiency of operations resulting in further O&M cost saving and better service.
Cloud computing and data analytics will also play an important role in smart grids. Cloud computing can handle the big data generated from the smart grid components. It will be able to analyze the data and conclude useful knowledge such as the consumption behavior, service downtimes, maintenance scheduling, and consumer satisfaction.
Block-chain is another technology that will have a big impact on smart grids. It will help securing the transactions and authenticity of smart grid components. This can further enhance smart grid security which is currently one of the major challenges.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) will also have its positive impact on smart grids. Computers will start analyzing the data received from smart grid components and suggest better network management practices and more efficient consumption patterns. AI can help predicting failures before they happen resulting in better service levels and makes possible customer segmentation based on their consumption behavior helping services be better oriented towards these classifications.”
Dr. Mansour Aldajani
Electricity & Co-generation Regulatory Authority, KSA
Advisor and Supervisor IT
“The concept of smart grids indicates that many parts in the network should be smart to align and manage change.
The most important element is the customer, they should know how to deal with the smart technologies and communicate effectively with the electricity companies. Then, completing the Smart Grid network, include smart cities, smart house and smart appliances driving change from the distribution side.
From the generation side, the distributed generation is the main leading technology like hybrid cars, roof top solar cell and else. in addition, the big farms of solar cells and wind turbines.”
Mohammed Saif Ali Al Wardi
Oman Electricity Transmission Company, Oman
Senior Performance & Information Engineer