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Siemens deploys its first microgrid in the Middle East at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman

Siemens will revamp the existing microgrid setup in the Smart Grid and Protection Lab at the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering by adding smart grid features to it. This means that the grid – connecting renewable energy sources with battery capacity – will have intelligent control algorithms optimizing power production, storage and consumption in real-time. The project is the third phase of developing the Smart Grid and Protection Lab and is financed by Siemens and The Research Council. With Siemens smart grid features, students will be able to simulate different situations and monitor the grid behavior through a control panel.
“This project demonstrates Siemens’ commitment to Omani society by advancing knowledge of nationals in the Sultanate’s top university, while exemplifying integration of renewables in the energy mix and grid modernization,” said Claudia Vergueiro Massei, the Chief Executive Officer of Siemens in Oman. “We are proud to serve society, and to contribute to clean energy and to an energy efficient future in Oman.” 
Microgrids are transforming traditional electric supply systems. Renewable energy sources like solar and wind, coupled with more stable and intuitive grid automation and control solutions, are giving rise to localized grids that can operate autonomously. This allows campuses, industries, or remote areas to operate their own grids, and can also accelerate the emergence of prosumers – or consumers who generate a surplus of energy and sell it in the microgrid or to the main grid, if it’s connected.
“The College of Engineering (CoENG) at SQU has worked jointly with Siemens to establish this important cooperation for industrial knowledge transfer through specialized workshops, research and development opportunities, capacity building and students’ training with a field work know-how. The CoENG will further coordinate for the dissemination of experience and industrial knowledge to SQU community,” said Dr. Hadj Bourdoucen, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the previous Dean of CoENG. “The current Dean, Dr Nabeel Al Rawahi, strongly supports the collaboration as it will benefit the college staff and students and will be an excellent addition to teaching and research activities at SQU.” 
Microgrids are expected to expand in Oman and across the Middle East. Some rural areas in Oman, for example, use small diesel generators to power communities. More renewable power capacity, along with stable, reliable and efficient microgrids can help these rural areas phase out some diesel power plants. Campuses, military bases, islands and industrial zones can also benefit from microgrids, which provide reliable, stable and sustainable power supply. 
Siemens signed a Cooperation Agreement with SQU’s College of Engineering earlier this year. The agreement formalizes an existing relationship with SQU, and includes seminars with Siemens experts, summer internships, knowledge exchange activities and the contribution of the microgrid lab.
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, and automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Through the separately managed companies Siemens Energy, the global energy business of Siemens, and Siemens Mobility, a leading supplier of smart mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is shaping the energy systems of today and tomorrow as well as the world market for passenger and freight services. Due to its majority stakes in the publicly listed companies Siemens Healthineers AG and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (as part of Siemens Energy), Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital healthcare services as well as environmentally friendly solutions for onshore and offshore wind power generation. In fiscal 2019, which ended on September 30, 2019, Siemens generated revenue of €86.8 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2019, the company had around 385,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at
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Mr. Mohammed Aly Sergie

Siemens AG

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