A key topic was the presentation on DRBizNet, a world leading Demand Response software platform, which integrates and manages the demand-side resources in power utility operations. Some of Alstom’s customer experiences in using the software were also featured.
This MEUG, held every year since 2008, provides industry specialists with important feedback and information to further develop different aspects of their national or regional grids. The challenges and constraints faced by these customers contribute to Alstom Grid’s R&D effort in developing new network management and power electronics solutions, which in turn drive the evolution to regional Smart & Super Grids.
“During the Users Group, our member companies manage almost 60% of the region’s electricity generation. It is imperative, therefore, that we ensure that our grid solutions evolve with the needs of our customers, particularly in maximizing network efficiency,” said Karim El-Naggar, Vice President, Network Management Solutions.
The participants were also invited to visit in Beirut the National Control Center of EDL (Électricité du Liban), one of the latest state of the art systems, developed and integrated by Alstom. A Smart Grid village, focusing on automation solutions for networks, allowed participants to see how their operational needs could be met with real-time technology demonstrations.
Mr. Saud Al AJMI, Head of computer Section at JABRIYA District control center and chairman of the MEUG said, “I have been attending this event since 2008, i.e. from the first Users Group at Qatar, and this year as Users Group chairman, I continue to be amazed at the benefits we receive from coming together to discuss our challenges and successes in managing our network operations. The technology demos are eye-openers; we see how a solution could potentially help us while keeping abreast with the latest trends in network management solutions, especially on Smart Grid.”
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