Grid Edge Technologies takes center stage as South Africa struggles to avert power crisis



Grid Edge Technologies takes center stage as South Africa struggles to avert power crisis

The interconnection of existing smart technologies for networks, buildings and industrial automation creates a new dimension in the sustainable energy landscape

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, October 12, 2021 / APO Group / –

Siemens South Africa ( and EE Business Intelligence are collaborating to organize a virtual Grid Edge Symposium that will showcase the power of Grid Edge technologies; discover how Grid Edge solutions could revolutionize the South African energy landscape; Grid Edge technologies will play a key role in decarbonising the global energy system.

The global energy system is transforming, becoming more decentralized, using more renewable energy and transforming electricity consumers into prosumers (consumers and producers) of electricity; but this change creates challenges at the interface between the network and consumers – the edge of the network.

These developments highlight a shift in perspective in the global energy landscape. In the past, companies have mainly focused on the grid – the regulated side of the coin; However, the growing need for sustainability along with new technologies is shifting attention to the other side of the coin: buildings, prosumers and consumers.

To explore Grid Edge technologies and solutions, Siemens South Africa, in collaboration with EE Business Intelligence, is organizing a Grid Edge Virtual Symposium on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am SAST (GMT + 2).

The virtual symposium will be moderated by Chris Yelland, MD at EE Business Intelligence, and the opening presentation will be made by Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO of Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa and President of Siemens Smart Infrastructure.

“The interconnection of existing smart technologies for networks, buildings and industrial automation creates a new dimension in the sustainable energy landscape; this is what we at Siemens call the “grid edge”. The main building blocks of the grid periphery include decentralized energy solutions, the integration of renewable energies, interactive buildings with the grid, energy storage and electric mobility charging infrastructure, these are topics that have become fundamental to tackling South Africa’s energy crisis and transition, ”said Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO of Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa.

Solutions at the edge of the network could allow domestic, commercial, industrial, mining, agricultural and transport entities to optimize their energy efficiency and consumption. They allow customers and prosumers to intelligently integrate renewables and take control of their energy supply.

Grid edge technologies also support the infrastructure for the expansion of electric mobility, where electric vehicles (EVs) can be connected to the grid as distributed energy storage entities. When connected to the edge of the grid, electric vehicles can be loaded from the grid as a consumer and generate electricity in the grid as a producer when needed.

“As the delays and gaps in public procurement processes for new generation capacity in South Africa in terms of the country’s Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity IRP 2019 become clearer, the advanced technologies of the network are beginning to take center stage. Customers realize they need to take control and responsibility for their own energy future and be part of the solution, ”said Chris Yelland, Managing Director of EE Business Intelligence.

By working at the edge of the network, the relationships between consumption, production and storage are redefined. Digitization and new business models help manage complex energy flows and the interplay between production and consumption, increasing the flexibility and reliability of the energy system.

Grid Edge solutions are therefore accelerating the transition to a low-carbon future and transforming the current energy landscape to create a more respectful environment.

Additional information

Presenters at the Grid Edge Virtual Symposium include:

Guenther Fleischer, Siemens Business Developer and global expert in intelligent infrastructure. Deon Henriksen, vice president of Siemens Smart Infrastructure for digital networks and distribution systems. Marco Rahner, Smart Infrastructure Sales Director of Siemens South Africa and Technical Portfolio Expert. Christian Pohl, Head of Global Business Development at Siemens – Sustainability and Decarbonization.

Topics to be covered at the Grid Edge Virtual Symposium include:

The role and future of Grid Edge in the South African market. Smart integration of renewable energy resources. Distributed energy solutions for local energy supply. Activation of Grid Edge technologies via power electronics. EMobility charging infrastructure. Smart infrastructure for industry and independent power producers. Software solutions at the edge of the network.

Attendance at the Grid Edge Virtual Symposium is free, register to attend online here (

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