Enabling a smarter grid in Bangladesh

2017-10-10 - ABB power experts share key technology insights for enabling a more digital grid

Over 200 customers from key utilities in Bangladesh attended a seminar in Dhaka where ABB experts spoke about technologies around the theme ‘Building a smarter grid for Digital Bangladesh’.

‘Digital Bangladesh’ is an integral part of the government’s Vision 2021—which promises a prosperous, middle-income Bangladesh by its golden jubilee of independence in the year 2021. The Prime Minister outlined four key priorities for pursuing the vision of a Digital Bangladesh

  1. Developing human resources that are ready for the 21stcentury
  2. Connecting citizens in ways most meaningful to them
  3. Taking services to citizens’ doorsteps
  4. Increasing productivity and competitiveness through the use of digital technology.

Enabling a smarter power grid, equipped to handle growing demand for electricity and meet new challenges in an environmentally responsible manner is a key thrust area of the vision.

In his keynote address, Johan De Villiers, Managing Director – South East Asia, ABB, talked about the shift in the power sector. “With the world moving towards clean energy, and the grid evolving to become multi-directional, smart technologies are needed to enhance grid control, provide 24x7 power to all, and strengthen the grid.”

ABB experts at the seminar, shared technologies that can enhance grid stability, reliability and power quality while facilitating the digital transformation of the network. Participants included representatives from key utilities and policy and regulatory bodies. Bangladesh Power Development Board, Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Ltd., Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd. , Dhaka Electric Supply Company Ltd, Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board, Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh Ltd, North-West Power Generation Company Ltd, Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company Ltd, Coal Power Generation Company of Bangladesh Ltd and Ashuganj Power Station Company Ltd. were some of the institutions represented at the seminar.

Discussion topics addressed the challenges of renewable integration, grid reliability, power quality and efficient transmission leveraging HVDC and FACTS. Digital transformation of the grid was a central theme with a focus on developments like the digital substation and asset health management. A mini-exhibition displayed detailed information on products, systems, solutions and software for the digital grid. The displays included ABB’s offerings from power consulting, asset management, network manager, PASS, smart transformers, microgrids, HVDC, FACTS, digital substations and showcased the ABB Ability value proposition.

Harikishan Narayanan, Country Managing Director, ABB in Bangladesh said, “ABB has been a part of Bangladesh’s growth story since the birth of the nation. ABB AbilityTM will help utilities overcome the network challenges they are facing and transform their power networks making them more robust, smart, and efficient; to make ready Bangladesh’s power infrastructure for the future.”