News


Siemens South Africa puts Smart City vision into action

September 2019 News

Fourteen months ago, Siemens installed a microgrid at its headquarters in Midrand and data shows it is using 50% less supplied energy, drawing it from solar resources instead. By extracting energy off its microgrid, the company has saved 2 435 000 kWh, which translates into 174 000 kWh per month – 50% of the office park’s normal consumption.

Put into perspective, 174 000 kWh is the amount of energy used by 50 average South Africa households per year.

“The project provides a showcase for the vision of smart cities across Africa,” says Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO of Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa, “This small-scale example shows that it doesn’t have to remain a futuristic dream, it’s a reality that we can start working toward today. We already have a proven solution that will help save energy, cut costs, lower carbon emissions and ensure uninterrupted power. Everything from installation to operating costs have been tracked to present a realistic case study for the South African context, and the results to date are convincing.”

The real-life case study, implemented in an existing office building, shows impressive savings in terms of cost, as well as harmful emissions (2460 tons of CO2 saved to date). Combining efforts from local and global Siemens experts, this is the first Siemens Distributed Energy System (DES) solution of its kind in Africa. It is also the first time that Siemens has installed the system in one of its own buildings. The solution corresponds with the company’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 through energy efficiency, decentralised energy systems, and the purchasing of clean electricity.

DES results to date:

• 14 months of uninterrupted power.

• 2460 tons of CO2 saved.

• The initial payback period calculated for the system is 11,1 years (capex, financing, maintenance, conservative power price inflation).

• Tariff increases, however, and taking the actual production figures into consideration, Siemens are confident that the full payback will be achievable in under 10 years.

For more information contact Keshin Govender, Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa, +27 11 652 2412, keshin.govender@siemens.com, www.siemens.com


Credit(s)



Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

From the editor's desk: IT-OT integration becoming a must, but there are challenges
October 2019, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control) , News
We’re seeing the insecurity around digital transformation start to fade as the history of case studies builds to show how enlightened manufacturing companies have applied the ideas to rationalise their ...

Read more...
Siemens launches report on Dawn of Digitalisation and its Impact on Africa
October 2019, Siemens Digital Industries , IT in Manufacturing
Africa needs a digitalisation strategy to compete in the global economy.

Read more...
Rockwell Automation announced as Founding Member of ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance
October 2019, Rockwell Automation , News
Production facilities can contain thousands of technologies from different vendors. Cybersecurity threats only need to exploit one of them to steal trade secrets, stop production or even harm workers. ...

Read more...
Emerson helps complete first Caspian subsea project
October 2019, Emerson Automation Solutions , News
Emerson has completed its $48 million contract for automation systems and cloud engineering software-as-a-service for the Shah Deniz 2 project in Azerbaijan and is fulfilling an ongoing five-year services ...

Read more...
Ham-Let smart valve nominated for IoT award
October 2019, Fluid Systems Africa , News
In another remarkable achievement for the Ham-Let Group, its state-of-the art IoTH800 was nominated for best product award at the First Industry Of Things World Award 2019. The Ham-Let Internet-of-Things ...

Read more...
BMG emphasises Hallite hydraulic and pneumatic seals
October 2019, Bearing Man Group t/a BMG , News
BMG supplies an extensive range of hydraulic and pneumatic seals and sealing solutions for demanding environments, and is also the distributor for Hallite Seals International within central and southern ...

Read more...
KZN Expo brings industrial technology solutions under one roof for diverse exhibitor base
October 2019, Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery , News
Once again proving that it’s the definitive platform for its 145+ exhibitors to showcase their industrial technology solutions, the KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (KITE) attracted a captive ...

Read more...
Cummins stirs interest in pump-engine product line
October 2019 , News
Cummins recently hosted a highly successful seminar in both Dubai and at its Power Hub in Waterfall City, Johannesburg, to introduce end users and OEMs to its range of high-quality engines for the pumps ...

Read more...
KZN a key growth area for Bearings International
October 2019 , News
The Bearings International (BI) Durban branch stocks a wide range of bearings, electric motors, gearboxes, lubricants, seals, tools, and power transmission products for a range of industries. These include ...

Read more...
Trafo supplies transformers for data centre application
October 2019 , News
Trafo Power Solutions recently supplied two 2000 kVA 11,6 kV/415 V dry-type transformers to a large data centre in Cape Town. Manufactured under stringent quality control conditions at Italian transformer ...

Read more...