Kenya Power to use Energy Balance Module to seal power leaks
Kenya Power is planning to deploy a new digital system to further enhance power system loss reduction measures in its electricity distribution network countrywide.
Dubbed the Energy Balance Module, the software detects areas with high-energy losses within the power supply network and report.
Speaking at the Future Energy East Africa Conference and Expo in Nairobi, the company’s general manager for Business Strategy Thagichu Kiiru said the robust software identify and segregate system losses.
‘’Other initiatives includes the deployment of smart metering infrastructure, load analysis to identify technical losses across the network, installation of low-loss transformers and reactive power compensation,” Kiiru said.
He said the firm, is implementing the initiatives to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in the distribution of electricity.
‘’Technical losses result from power lines, older equipment or obsolete technology, whereas commercial losses stem from unauthorized energy usage, fraud, and operational challenges,’’ he said.
The firm has developed a strategic medium-term loss reduction initiative, geared at lowering technical and commercial losses in transmission of electricity, from 21 per cent to less than 15 per cent in line with global operating benchmarks.
The initiative also aims to catalyze investment in clean energy generation, transmission, and distribution as well as other related infrastructure in Kenya.
The new innovation is coming at the time the sole power distributor in Kenya is facing pressure from the public over the regular breakdown of its systems, with the pre-paid token system crashing over the weekend.
In April, the utility firm shut down the system to facilitate its upgrade to a seamless and faster service.