SEOUL, May 25 (Korea Bizwire) – The Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) is participating in Dubai’s efforts to transform into a smart-energy city.
KEPCO and DEWA (the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority) held a groundbreaking ceremony on May 24 for the pilot phase of a smart grid station (SGS) project, at DEWA’s vehicle workshop in Dubai.
An SGS is a system that optimizes the energy consumption of a building by integrating various systems such as heating, cooling, and ESS (energy storage system) with ICT (information and communications technology).
KEPCO will build a 2.8-million-dollar smart grid station in the DEWA building as a pilot project.
Dubai has invested over 7 billion dollars in its ‘smart city project’ in an effort to turn itself into a next-generation city by integrating ICT and energy.
“This is the first phase for Dubai’s smart city project,” said a KEPCO official. “If our pilot project turns out to be a success, it will provide an important stepping stone for our SGS model to expand into the rest of the city.”
The Dubai project marks the first time that KEPCO introduces its SGS model to another country.
“KEPCO and DEWA will continue to contribute to the development of the energy industry in the Middle East,” said Cho Hwan-Eik, KEPCO’s president and CEO. “The smart grid station will increase energy efficiency as well as reduce carbon emissions.”
By Joseph Shin (firstname.lastname@example.org)