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Joint study for power grid innovation hub

Joint study for power grid innovation hub

THURSDAY, July 14, 2016

CHINA’S HUAWEI Technologies and Thailand’s Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) are jointly studying the possibility of establishing an innovation centre in this country with the aim of developing innovative industry solutions for connected power grids.

Wallop Kittiwiwat, the PEA’s assistant governor for operations and maintenance, said the state agency had set up a team to draw up the details of the plan to establish the centre, including where it would be located.
Wang Yifan, managing director of Huawei Technologies (Thailand), said: “The innovation centre will be the first of its kind delivered by Huawei specifically for the power industry. People will be able to learn about innovative technology development, so that they can gain and apply knowledge and know-how to support energy-security improvement.”
Huawei has been providing services to the electric-power industry for more than 20 years, with its products and solutions used by more than 160 power companies in 65 countries.
Huawei and the PEA are co-hosting the two-day “Intelligent Power Grid Summit” under the theme “Leading New ICT, Building a Better Connected Intelligent Grid” in Bangkok, which ends today.
Wang said Huawei Thailand’s revenue grew by about 34 per cent year on year in the first half of 2016, mainly contributed by its consumer business group.
Meanwhile, Wallop said the PEA would pilot the installation of an advanced metering infrastructure project in Pattaya.
It is expected to call for bids late this year to procure the system integrator to develop the project on a turnkey basis.
The project is to be completely developed in two years. The PEA has budgeted around Bt1 billion for it.