Tech Firm in North America Helping West African Countries Improve Power Grid

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Using digitalisation to address West Africa power grid challenges
October 12, 2021

Awesense teams up with Arthur Energy Advisors to boost electricity distribution improvement projects in Ghana and Sierra Leone.

Awesense, the organization transforming how utilities and industrials virtualize and decarbonize their systems, has teamed up with Ghanaian engineering firm, Arthur Energy Advisors to address power grid challenges in Ghana and Sierra Leone.

Awesense was founded over a decade ago with the goal to decarbonize, decentralize, and digitalize the world’s energy system. The company has built a powerful Data Engine that ingests, validates, corrects, synchronizes and stitches together all energy and geospatial data into an Open Energy Data Model, and a Digital Energy Platform that energy providers use to access applications to leverage their systems data. Now, Arthur Energy Advisors is using Awesense’s Digital Energy Platform to build such applications for their customers in West Africa.

Awesense and Arthur Energy Advisors conducted their first joint grid modernization project with the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to optimize critical industrial operational areas in Accra and Tema, two of the most densely populated areas in the country. Awesense and the team also identified key areas of concern and painted a clear picture of recoverable inefficiencies in the implementation areas and how to begin optimizing the power distribution system to help drive ECG’s modernization plans.

The work has led to projects for significant improvements in power delivery, substantial savings to ECG and its customers, and a safer grid network for staff and industries in the affected areas.

Over in Sierra Leone, Arthur Energy Advisors and Awesense have worked with the public utility, Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority. Part of a wider project funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the companies have worked together to support significant policy reforms and improve governance in the electricity sector in Sierra Leone.

Using its data acquisition and analytics technologies, Awesense has been able to identify opportunities for infrastructure improvement funding. From analyzing existing data available, to deploying additional sensing devices to gather more data from the grid, they have been able to pin-point problematic assets that were causing serious reliability issues.

“Our partnership with Arthur Energy Advisors shows what is possible when organizations can make data-driven decisions to more optimally run their energy grids, especially with organizations committed to driving actionable results that contribute sustainably and directly to the bottom line,” says Mischa Steiner, CEO of Awesense.

“We’ve deployed Awesense’s technology for several of our projects across West Africa because we believe that the digital layer is integral to the immediate and long-term continued improvement of energy systems,” says Jabesh Amissah-Arthur, partner at Arthur Energy Advisors.

“In order to future-proof power grids, organizations will need as much information as they can get. The ability to gain insights and act on them swiftly is key to making self-sustaining investment plans and ultimately delivering more efficient, reliable and competitively-priced electricity services to customers.”

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Source: TD World