Huawei in drive to cut electricity costs for Kenya’s manufacturers

Huawei Digital Power is set to cap the rising cost of electricity for high consumers including manufacturers by at least 10 per cent using its latest range of contingency energy packs known as Power S.

The new solution, launched in Nairobi today, is expected to revolutionize the way electricity is used in production settings, as it uses Huawei’s proprietary SmartLi technology that has the capacity to store between 10 Kilowatts and 100 Kilowatts. The former can light up a home for about 3 hours while the latter can power up to 50 homes at the same time.

(TOP: Paul Oyuko, Senior Manager Huawei Kenya Digital Power – left – and Zhao Tian, Senior Data Center Expert at Huawei Kenya – right – explains how the data centers will benefit from the new technology to Stephanie Njoora, a Director of Extra Dimensions during the Power S launch in Nairobi).

Speaking when he unveiled Power S at a Partner Summit in Nairobi, Wang Bao, Director of Huawei Kenya Digital Power explained that the development was informed by an unravelling future where electricity consumers are fast evolving into prosumers. It is compounded by the fact that digitalization is intensifying across organizations thus driving up the need for more computing and artificial intelligence power.

“This digitalization has led to the reality of the need for data centers. We expect this trend to grow across all industries, particularly manufacturing,” he noted.

Huawei anticipates that the use of Artificial Intelligence will increase 30- fold by 2030 while computing power demand will rise 500-fold. It is also in anticipation that Kenya’s data center market will only grow going forward at an estimated rate of 13% and generate more than Ksh 10 billion by 2027.

In order to get to where the firm has done with the new technology, Huawei said that Power S is driven by its own proprietary silicon carbide semiconductors. This investment is anchored on the realization that as the future unfolds, there will be immense focus by manufacturers on a low carbon footprint, sustainability, efficiency, environmental friendliness and speed. It is also driven by a need for elasticity and smart operations and maintenance.

In the midst of rising demand for energy and an unstable or unreliable grid electricity supply, Huawei’s Power S addresses the current high electricity costs. The Power-S takes a very short time to implement the power back-up solution, and a management component that allows for easier trouble-shooting. It gives a view of how much electricity the system harvests and the power that is consumed. At the same time, it reduces the amount of space required for power back up equipment from the current average of 15 square meters to 4 square meters.


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