Bahrain develops framework for smart energy deployment


The Bahrain Sustainable Energy Unit (SEU) partnered with energy consultancy CESI in developing a framework to increase the integration of distributed renewable energy resources in the country’s main energy network.

SEU is an agency established by the Bahrain Ministry of State Electricity and Water and United Nations Development Programme to develop strategies and policies promoting increased adoption of clean energy, smart grid and energy efficiency measures to help the country improve and sustain the reliability of the grid network.

According to a statement, SEU selected CESI to identify technical and regulatory requirements related to connecting renewable and distributed energy resources with the Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) of Bahrain’s energy system.

The development will include the establishment and provision of recommendations on how to catalyse the installation of solar photovoltaic systems for low and medium voltage distribution networks. The programme will focus on developing certification standards for distributed resources, training programmes and how distributed energy resources can be monitored, managed and remotely communicate with each other.

Abdul Hussain Ali Mirza, the minister of electricity and water affairs, said CESI will come up with a solution on how to modernise utility billing systems in line with international standards.

Bahrain is experiencing an increase in energy demand hence the need to secure its energy supply through an increase in renewable and distributed energy resources. [Bahrain utility signs grid modernization deal with Siemens].

Matteo Codazzi, CEO of CESI, said: “… Based on our experience, a holistic and long-term approach to system design is key when planning variable renewables integration. Each country’s power system is unique and needs a specific approach. In this respect, we are honored to put our extensive global expertise at the service of EWA in order to support them in designing and implementing a technically solid and easily actionable PV integration plan, tailored on the specific needs of Bahrain’s power grid”.

CESI has previously worked with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, the Rural Areas Electricity Company and the Oman Authority for Electricity Regulation in developing roadmaps to expand countries adoption and integration of solar PVs with grid systems.

“With regard to the Bahrain’s Sustainable Energy Unit’s key objectives to create an efficient energy policy in order to secure the country’s future economic growth, CESI will use the most emerging and innovative processes and technologies to keep Bahrain at the forefront of the PV energy market” said Floris Hendrikus Schulze, Managing Director, CESI Middle East FZE.


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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.