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Digitalisation, energy networks cannot function without it

Siemens returns as a platinum sponsor at Future Energy East Africa in Nairobi next week to discuss the effects of digitalisation on the energy sector.

“We’re moving away from a system of centrally generated electricity to an energy network with many different players, all of which have to be controlled. Without digitalisation, there’s no chance it can function,” according to Johan Helberg, the Siemens country manager for Kenya.

He adds: “Digitalisation makes the technical systems intelligent, enabling data to be captured, linked to the IoT with cloud-based operating systems like MindSphere, and processed to optimise operations and ensure the stability of the entire energy system.”

As a longstanding partner of the Future Energy East Africa conference and exhibition, Helberg commented: “This is our key energy event in East Africa on an annual basis and it fits well with and supports all our other initiatives in bringing the Siemens excellence into the region, making real what matters.”

East African region important to Siemens

“The East African region that Siemens serves is important to us. We focus on nine countries with Siemens offices in five of these East African countries with our East African hub headquartered in Ethiopia,” said Helberg.

Siemens will showcase and discuss its IoT and Digitalisation portfolio at Future Energy East Africa. Earlier this year, the company won the African Utility Week Industry Award for Digital Utility of the Year.

“For Siemens, thanks to digitalisation, all assets in a modern digital substation can be monitored for their maintenance and service needs. With this asset management system, the operator always knows the answer to the question: ‘Is my system technically and economically in order?’”

Read more of Johan Helberg’s interview here.


Industry support
Future Energy East Africa’s expo will feature some 80 leading global and local technology and services providers, including country pavilions from China, Indian and Norway, as well as free, technical workshops for visitors.

This leading energy forum comprises a high-level, strategic conference focusing on energy access, finance, renewables and transmission & distribution as well as a trade expo with the latest technology for the power sector as well as free technical workshops.