These developments are highlighting a change of perspective in the
global energy landscape. In the past, companies have mainly focused on the grid
– the regulated side of the medal; however, the rising need for sustainability
as well as new technologies is shifting focus to the other side of the coin: to
buildings, prosumers and consumers.
To explore grid edge
technologies and solutions, Siemens South Africa, in collaboration with EE
Business Intelligence, is hosting a Grid Edge Virtual Symposium on Thursday 14
October 2021 from 09h30 to 11h30 SAST (GMT+2).
virtual symposium will be moderated by Chris Yelland, MD at EE Business
Intelligence, and the opening keynote presentation will be made by Sabine Dall'Omo,
CEO of Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa, and President of Siemens Smart
“The interlinking of
existing smart technologies for grids, buildings and industrial automation, is
creating a new dimension in the sustainable energy landscape; this is what we
at Siemens call the ‘grid edge’. The major building blocks for grid edge
include decentralized energy solutions, renewable integration, grid-interactive
buildings, energy storage and eMobility charging infrastructure, these are
topics that have become fundamental to addressing South Africa’s energy crisis
and transition” said Sabine Dall’Omo CEO of Siemens Southern and Eastern
at the grid edge could enable domestic, commercial, industrial, mining,
agricultural and transportation entities to optimise their energy efficiency
and consumption. They empower customers and prosumers to intelligently
integrate renewables, and to take control of their energy supply.
edge technologies also support infrastructure for eMobility expansion, where
electric vehicles (EVs) may be connected to the grid as distributed energy
storage entities. When connected at the grid edge, EVs may be charged from the
grid as a consumer and generate electricity back into the grid as a producer when
delays and gaps in public procurement processes for new generation capacity in
South Africa in terms of the country’s Integrated Resource Plan for electricity
IRP 2019 become clearer, grid edge technologies are beginning to take center stage.
Customers are realising that they need to take control and responsibility for
their own energy future, and become part of the solution”, said Chris Yelland,
managing director at EE Business Intelligence.
working at the grid edge, the relationships between consumption, production and
storage are redefined. Digitalization and new business models are helping
manage complex energy flows and the interplay between production and
consumption –increase the energy system’s flexibility and reliability.
edge solutions are therefore accelerating the transition towards a lower-carbon
future and transforming today’s energy landscape to create a more caring
at the Grid Edge Virtual Symposium include:
Fleischer, Siemens Business Developer, and global expert for Smart
Henriksen, Siemens Smart Infrastructure Vice President for Digital Grid and
Rahner, Siemens South Africa Smart Infrastructure Sales Director and technical
Pohl, Siemens global Business Development Manager - Sustainability and
that will be covered at the Grid Edge Virtual Symposium include:
role and future of Grid Edge in the South African market.
integration of renewable energy resources
energy solutions for local energy supply
Grid Edge technologies through Power Electronics
Infrastructure for Industry and Independent Power Producers
Solutions at the Grid Edge