Japanese technology to boost grid resilience in Philippines

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is partnering with the Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO), to pilot a rollout of smart grid technology in the Philippines. The systems will improve power reliability, prevent blackouts and enhance assimilation of renewable energy.

The pilot project falls under the Collaboration Program for Disseminating Japanese Technology for Electricity Distribution System and Management in the Philippines launched recently at a National Electrification Administration (NEA) seminar.

The project will ensure adoption of Japanese technology within electric cooperatives (EC’s) in the Philippines, which will boost reliability and resiliency to natural disasters, for which the Philippines is well known.

The Japanese technology will be piloted in Batangas II Electric Cooperative, Inc.

The incorporation of Japanese technologies is also aimed at assisting ECs with the growing integration of renewable energy sources in the country.

Representatives from 92 electric cooperatives welcomed the technical assistance from JICA aimed at enhancing the country’s energy resiliency and reliability.

“As [a] development partner of the Philippines, we recognise the crucial role of supporting reliable energy supply to help grow Philippine investments and overcome the vulnerability of the country. JICA’s development cooperation activities will continue to share Japanese expertise to address challenges that affect Philippine global competitiveness and long-term growth,” said Tetsuya Yamada, JICA Senior Representative.

Data provided by NEA showed that for 2015, the system average interruption frequency index (SAIFI) among Philippine electric cooperatives was 13.71 times, while the system average interruption duration index (SAIDI) was 18 hours. Hence, the average EC customer annually experiences 13.71 power interruptions totaling 18 hours.

In Japan, on the other hand, TEPCO power grid’s SAIFI and SAIDI are 0.06 times and six minutes respectively.

“Power interruptions disrupt economic activity and cause damage to equipment and appliances,” JICA noted.