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Huawei’s digital power strategy to promote de-carbonization of energy industry

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DUBAI — Huawei aims to use new technologies to transition the energy industry toward carbon neutrality and views the Middle East, and the Gulf in particular, as being of “strategic importance” as it seeks to contribute to low-carbon societies powered by smarter digital technologies, said Charles Yang, SVP of Huawei and President of Global Marketing Sales and Services at Huawei Digital Power.اضافة اعلان

The executive outlined the company’s vision at a press conference held along the sidelines of the GITEX Global 2021 summit held in Dubai last week. He said that almost 40 percent of carbon emissions now come from electric systems. “Many countries have proposed their timeline to achieve carbon neutrality, but to be able to deliver that goal we need to build electric systems based on new kinds of power sources,” Yang said.

This is one of several priorities Huawei Digital Power, established in early 2021, has in the Gulf region in the coming years. The company is looking at five areas of business globally: smart photovoltaic, data center facilities, power for electric vehicles, site power, and integrated energy solutions. 

“While we will have cooperation with businesses in all of these five domains in the GCC, I believe that smart photovoltaic and data center facilities are particularly important,” said Yang during a round table held on the sidelines of GITEX with a group of journalists.

Trans-Cube methodology

Huawei has developed a Trans-Cube methodology, which suggests that to get closer to a net-zero carbon intelligent energy system and achieve global zero-carbon development, three core capabilities should be developed: net-zero carbon transformation, energy transformation, and digital transformation.

Net-zero carbon transformation will help various industries manage their carbon assets, and implement de-carbonization actions so as to go from low-carbon to near-zero carbon, and eventually achieve carbon neutrality.

Energy transformation will make energy production and consumption more reliable, secure, and efficient, transforming from a single centralized system to a diversified, distributed, and integrated one. The ultimate goal is to achieve multi-energy coordination and optimize efficiency.
 
A sustainable energy future

Huawei Digital Power has already established strategic partnerships with many companies to support deployment of photovoltaic and energy storage systems, not only in the region, but globally as well. Yang said that with some of the longest hours of sunshine in the world, estimated at 2,500 hours per year, there are great opportunities for large-scale deployment of such systems in the region.

Yang said that because of developments in cloud and digital sovereignty, many countries have accelerated the construction of data center facilities. The development of 5G networks and services are also growing data traffic, with more data centers anticipated. “In the future, data will become a new engine for economic expansion,” Yang said. 

Energy efficient data centers

Huawei holds over 70 percent of the market share for data center facilities in the Middle East. While typically data center construction would take 24 months, now it can be done in just six to nine months.
 
Yang said that Huawei solutions, through a combination of AI and power electronics technologies, can reduce power usage effectiveness (PUE) for data centers from 1.45 to 1.2, which he said is very competitive in the industry.

“At Huawei Digital Power, we can combine digital and power electronics technology to provide low carbon solutions to end users that are secure, simplified, and green. Using AI, cloud, and big data will facilitate more efficient operation and maintenance so that enterprises can provide clean and stable power,” Yang said.

He said that by combining 5G and digital power it is possible to envision a future where smart and integrated energy solutions can be built easier and at lower costs. “After the pandemic, there will be even greater demand for new and green power sources,” he said.

Saving energy

Over the years, Huawei has helped customers generate 400 terawatt-hours of green power, and save 14.2 terawatt-hours of electricity, cutting CO2 emissions by 200 million tons, which is equivalent to planting 270 million trees.

Achieving global sustainable development goals is “our responsibility and obligation toward future generations”, Yang said, adding that it also presents new economic development opportunities. He gave an example of how technologies have helped reduce the cost of solar power generation to make it five to 10 times less expensive than generating the same amount of power using fossil fuels. 

Huawei’s net-zero intelligent energy system focuses on interconnecting oil, gas, electricity, heat, and hydrogen systems, and aims to achieve secure, reliable, efficient, cost-effective, and clean power. Anthony Hu, chief representative for Energy Transition (Carbon Neutrality), Global Energy Business Unit at Huawei, said that the infrastructure will connect energy, carbon, and ICT systems, as well as eventually converging energy, carbon, information, and value flows. “Gradually, it will form a system with data at its core, promoting the digitalization of the energy industry,” Hu said.

Digital transformation of power grids

Digital transformation and intelligent development of the oil and gas industry is still in its infancy. Digital transformation signals four opportunities for the industry: rebuilding business models, transforming management models, innovating business models, and accelerating transformation and value growth.

Cloud technologies enable centralized information resource planning, intelligent management and control, flexible provisioning, convenient services, and high security and efficiency, which will transform existing business models.

Power grids are being transformed with new technologies, reducing operational risks, making grid inspection 80 times more efficient, while video and AI help detect potential faults in time, eliminating 90 percent of power outages each year. An intelligent inspection platform and apps makes emergency response and maintenance 30 percent more efficient.

Huawei has accumulated extensive experience and learned many lessons both through internal projects and industry practices, and has a first-hand understanding of the challenges traditional enterprises face during digital transformation. As such it has paved the way for the transformation and development of the energy industry.

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