ASEAN Smart Grid Congress 1
December 16-18, 2015
Chiang Mai – Phayao – Chiang Rai, Thailand
The first ASEAN Smart Grid Congress (ASGC1), sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), has created opportunities for smart grid experts from ASEAN and international countries to meet in Chiang Mai, Phayao and Chiang Rai, Thailand, the meeting was held during December 16 – 18, 2015.
The main objectives of the conference were as follows:
Bring together experts, researchers from academia and industry as well as potential users to exchange knowledge and ideas on economics, technology, and other aspects of Smart Grid, featuring field visits and presentations
Initiate and maintain cooperative networks on Smart Grid technologies among ASEAN countries
Develop R&D and capacity building in moving forward the Smart Grid into ASEAN region
Smart grid technology is the integration of information technology to grid system in order to manage the supply and demand of power efficiently. Availability of Smart Grid Technology will promote and help controlling power supply from renewable energy since the management could access real time data of the grid and make better decision. Topic of discussions covered technical research, trend, financing, impacts and site visits to Chiang Mai World Green City and 500 kW smart grid project at University of Phayao.
ASEAN Smart Grid Congress 1 is the first meeting that invited smart grid experts from ASEAN and other countries to share experiences, ideas and developing stages of smart grid in each country. Total attendees of 143 had joined this meeting from 14 countries including Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Germany, Japan and United States. Representatives from international organizations such as Office of Naval Research (ONR), Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), ASEAN Secretariat – ASEAN Center for Energy (ACE), Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and United Nation Environment Program (UNEP) were also joined and provided essential data to delegate. The ASCG was held in 3 provinces of Thailand, Chiang Mai, Phayao and Chiang Rai, during Dec. 16-18, 2015.
(Photos courtesy of University of Phayao)
Day 1 was the soft-opening, participants got opportunities to walk through Chiang Mai World Green City that applied the renewable energy and smart grid system to real community via DC system. This is a first community that fully apply DC power to the consumer which simulates that the whole community could run solely by DC power. In addition, speakers presented the implementation and solar energy research of smart grid.
On the second day, there were official opening ceremony, keynote speakers, invited speakers and technical sessions. The topics covered:
- Smart Grid Configuration;
- Smart Grid IT-Communication and Control System;
- Distributed Generation and Renewable Energy;
- Demand Response, Demand Side Management and Customer Aspects;
- Environmental Impact of Smart Grid;
- Capacity Building for Smart Grid Technology.
The presentations and abstracts are available on ASGC1 website – www.asean-sgc.com
Delegates also shared their ideas to move the collaborations, research and capacity building in ASEAN countries during discussions. The summary of the discussions were all delegates agreed that smart grid is a new technology that each country need to adjust and prepare for the upcoming wave. Academic collaborations such as research cooperation, staff & student exchange program, establishing academic journal, and proposing for research funding were needs in order to improve competitiveness. In terms of practical, technology transfer, demonstration and training are important issues that some countries are ready to provide to others.
ASGC 1 was hosted by University of Phayao by School of Energy and Environment (SEEN), Asian Development College for Community Economy and Technology (adiCET) of Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi, and Universiti Teknologi MARA. ASEAN Smart Grid Congress 1 was supported by ONR. The next ASGC will be held by Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia in 2016.