(KPL) GE, with the support of the U.S, Embassy in Laos, organized on Thursday in Vientiane, the conference ‘Powering Laos’ to share ideas among energy leaders, and GE Power and Renewable Energy experts, on a range of important industry topics such as Laos’ energy mix of the future, innovative power generation and distribution technologies, and how digital solutions can support Laos in better achieving its energy modernization and electrification goals.
Mapping out a sustainable energy future is one of the most important challenges for nations. This challenge is rising because there are many opportunities, as well as barriers, and new technologies coming on-stream. Given these factors, Powering Laos is very timely because we are currently reviewing and planning our power infrastructure needs for the next 10-15 years in Laos, said Dr. Daovong Phonekeo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Mines.
Laos’ hydro, wind, solar, and coal energy potential, new renewable technologies, and case studies from around the world were presented by GE speakers.
Digital solutions such as GE’s Asset Performance Management (APM) solution were another topic of great interest.
GE experts explained how data produced by hydropower assets can be captured, and analyzed, to support power plant operators in improving the efficiency and productivity of their hydropower plants, anticipating unplanned outages thanks to predictive analytics, as well as reduce emissions and costs.
On this occasion, EDL-Gen and GE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Under the MoU, GE will host a Digital Industrial workshop with EDL-Gen officials, before running a technical assessment of EDL-Gen hydropower generation infrastructure to lay the groundwork for a proposed joint APM pilot project to analyze, and better predict, hydropower equipment performance and maintenance.
If successful, the pilot project will be extended to nine additional hydropower plants.
Hydropower accounts for more than half of Laos ‘energy production and the country is looking into developing it further with 50 projects under development, representing 8 GW of additional capacity.
Commenting on the MoU, Wouter Van Wersch, president and CEO, GE Asia Pacific said, ‘This is an exciting partnership with EDL-Gen because as we have seen in other markets, modernizing and digitizing energy infrastructure produces a wide range of positive outcomes for many stakeholders.
As the energy sector is changing fast, sharing ideas, information and technologies is vital. Our goal with Powering Laos is to raise awareness and understanding of transformational power solutions. Our objective is to support Laos in optimizing its energy resources, and leveraging the hydro, wind, solar, and coal power opportunities that lie ahead, added Van Wersch.
GE Power and Renewable Energy supports the development and modernization of energy networks around the world by offering an interconnected system of digital and industrial technologies that support the entire energy value chain, from production and distribution to the ultimate point of electricity usage.
Source: Lao News Agency