Siemens will provide equipment and software for a microgrid at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) that will improve power supply reliability and lower costs by combining electricity from solar, wind and battery storage. The microgrid at SQU is the first deployment of the technology for Siemens in the Middle East, and is the company’s first contribution in a new cooperation agreement with the university.
Siemens will revamp the existing microgrid setup in the Smart Grid and Protection Lab at the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering by adding smart grid features to it. This means that the grid – connecting renewable energy sources with battery capacity – will have intelligent control algorithms optimizing power production, storage and consumption in real-time. The project is the third phase of developing the Smart Grid and Protection Lab and is financed by Siemens and The Research Council. With Siemens smart grid features, students will be able to simulate different situations and monitor the grid behavior through a control panel.
“This project demonstrates Siemens’ commitment to Omani society by advancing knowledge of nationals in the Sultanate’s top university, while exemplifying integration of renewables in the energy mix and grid modernization,” said Claudia Vergueiro Massei, the Chief Executive Officer of Siemens in Oman. “We are proud to serve society, and to contribute to clean energy and to an energy efficient future in Oman.”