In the United Arab Emirates, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) has so far completed installation of 48,000 smart meters in various parts of Sharjah, confirming progress in the push for digital and smart grid transformation.
SEWA is currently replacing between 400 to 600 meters every day in Sharjah’s industrial and residential areas.
SEWA chairman Dr Rashid Alleem noted that more than 450,000 smart meters will be installed across the emirate by 2020 as part of SEWA’s wider smart transformation strategy, having so far completed installation of 48,000.
Dr. Al Leem says that the introduction of smart meters is allowing users to have full control of their utility consumption, ensuring greater customer satisfaction and also allowing optimum use of the existing power and water capacity.
SEWA has already replaced old meters in a number of industrial areas, including Shahba and Alkhozamah, Semnan and industrial areas 6 and 12 and Ghuwair area.
Dr. Al leem further points out that due to the high demand on the national grid, diversification of a country’s energy system and supply is important, and that for this to happen, advanced technology must be fully tapped.
SEWA, in an effort to emphasise innovation, has signed long term partnership agreements with globally recognised brands such as Siemens, ABB, GE, Rolls Royce and IBM to amplify the use of smart technologies across various operations in the hope to enhance service delivery.
Smart grid infrastructure is currently being installed to ensure zero downtime through vigorous grid monitoring.
Sharja is home to the region’s biggest smart control screen that helps to monitor electric current flow right from generation, transmission to distribution from SEWA’s Nasseriya control room.
The $8.6m control room monitor has been helpful in reducing power outages, one of the key complaints from customers, according to Dr. Al Leem.