Distributed energy system designed for Africa

October 29th, 2018, Published in Articles: Vector

Siemens has launched an end-to-end distributed energy system (DES) at its headquarters in Midrand, Johannesburg. The systems is designed to address Africa’s energy transition. The launch took place after an interactive discussion between Sabine Dall’Omo, Siemens CEO for southern and eastern Africa and media partner CNBC Africa around the role of distributed energy systems in Africa’s energy transition. The system is built around a 1 MW solar PV plant positioned throughout the Siemens Park campus.

Captured solar power is then integrated into a Sicam microgrid controller and excess energy is stored in a 140 KWh Siestorage installation with the entire system monitored, visualized and controlled via the Monet internet of things energy platform. This is said to be the first Siemens DES solution of its kind in Africa and is in line with the company’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. The project provides a showcase to current and prospective customers on a Siemens solution that will help them save energy. The systems enables the use of diverse power sources such as solar and wind. The Sicam 8000 microgrid controller is the intelligence behind the system that stabilizes the campus grid. It received the Digital Solution of the Year Award at the Africa Utility Week Industry Gala Awards.

Contact Keshin Govender, Siemens, Tel 011 652-2412, keshin.govender@siemens.com