Aug 31, 2012
SA smart-grid deployment should draw on global experiencesBack
SECURITY|Africa|Energy|PROJECT|Projects|Security|System|Africa|Australia|Italy|South Africa|South Korea|United States|Security|Energy|Equipment|Finance|Security|Smart Grid Technology|Transport|Cornelis Van Der Waal|Power|Security|Smart Grid Technology
© Reuse this
A domestic smart grid must be mapped out correctly to avoid any unnecessary and awkward setbacks, as have been experienced by some projects internationally, and requires government to partially fund the projects, says Frost & Sullivan energy and power Africa business unit leader Cornelis van der Waal.
“In South Africa, various smart grid demonstration projects have been initiated. “It is critical that any large-scale roll-out is aligned with international best practice to ensure success. “In doing so, models addressing issues such as cost, sustainability and security will help to establish the best fit for the South African system,” he says.
Five case studies of smart grid implementations in the US, Australia, Italy and South Korea highlight the importance of having a clear vision and a project plan. Experts in different fields from these nations could impart their knowledge to South Africa on financial and technical strategies and how to effectively adapt existing policies and regulations. This would give the local government and utilities the tools required to implement a successful project, he argues.
“Government and industry also need to establish protocols and evaluate strategies according to key priorities. “Definitions and standards need to be developed for equipment, data transport and cyber security,” notes Van der Waal.
It is important to include a technology assessment, cost-benefit analysis and detailed project implementation plan in the project design. This will be crucial to ensure that the project is completed on time and within budget, he adds.
“Smart grids will give the consumer the opportunity to monitor their electricity use and control the amount of money they spend on their electricity bills each month.”
Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu© Reuse this Comment Guidelines
Other Transport & Logistics News
Updated 4 hours ago Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown and Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas have officially opened Transnet’s wagon refurbishment facility. The two officially launched the Transnet Wagons Refurbishing Facility in De Aar on Monday, which will maintain various...
Updated 1 hour 47 minutes ago Society needs to debate solutions to strikes that last too long, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday. "Such a debate must not be seen as an attack on workers' rights and an affront on the right to strike but rather an important step towards...
Updated 1 hour 54 minutes ago Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown told the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Energy and Public Enterprises on Tuesday that the new Eskom CEO would be appointed within weeks. She said she was “treating the appointment of a permanent CEO with urgency”.
Updated 3 hours ago The first stage of the definitive mining feasibility study (DMFS) for Tanzania-focused mineral exploration and development company Kibo Mining’s Rukwa Coal to Power project (RCPP) would be completed by the end of November, the company reported on Tuesday. Kibo...