KEPCO extends smart grid research with EPRI


The Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) extended an agreement with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to participate in the organisation’s smart grid research and development programmes.

The three-year agreement allows KEPCO to access EPRI’s research portfolios in sectors including power delivery, energy utilisation, grid resiliency, cyber security, nuclear generation and safety.

Dr. Dong-Sub Kim, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at KEPCO, commented: “The extension of this agreement will allow KEPCO and EPRI to continue advancing research in the industry that can have a positive and global impact on electric generation and use.

“KEPCO is pleased to extend our working relationship with EPRI to solve the challenges of the electric industry.”

Michael Howard, CEO at EPRI, added: “EPRI and KEPCO have benefited from working together on key industry research, and we look forward to our continued engagement.

“KEPCO’s contributions to our research programs are vital to EPRI’s international engagement and there will be many opportunities to continue this relationship in advancing an Integrated Energy Network.”

The agreement was signed during the Bilgaram International Expo of Electric Power Technology (BIXPO) held in November at the Kimdaejung Convention Center in Gwangju, Korea. Stakeholders in the energy sector discussed and showcased the latest trends and technologies in the sector.

For instance, EPRI exhibited its digital worker augmented reality equipment to optimise utilities’ infrastructure inspections and assessments.

EPRI also co-hosted the CTO forum in which CTOs highlighted challenges being faced the industry, how and which technologies can be implemented to help energy providers optimise their operations.

Operations at global scale

The news follows KEPCO signing a memorandum of understanding with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority to construct and operate an energy system in the Philippines.

The utility plans to develop a smart energy city in New Clark city.

KEPCO will carry out a feasibility study on “power supply through the construction of an underground power supply network and the construction of New Clark Smart Energy City. Read more…