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Smart, clean electricity systems in Malaysia: Tenaga, Cyient 'Smart Grid' deal

AvantiKumar | Feb. 11, 2015
Universiti Tenaga Nasional [UNITEN], the educational arm of Malaysian utility Tenaga, has announced a smart grid research partnership with Indian-headquartered Cyient.

UNITEN Cyient signing

Photo - (From left) Dr. Sukanta Kumar Jena, Deputy General Manager, Cyient Ltd; Sanjay Krishnaa, Sr. Vice President and APAC head, Cyient Ltd; Dato' Prof. Ir. Dr. Ibrahim bin Hussein, Acting Vice Chancellor, UNITEN; Prof. Ir. Dr. Kamal Nasharuddin Mustapha,  Deputy Vice Chancellor, Student Affair, Alumni & Management, UNITEN; Assoc. Prof. Dr Izham Bin Zainal Abidin, Dean, College of Engineering, UNITEN; and ssoc. Prof. Dr. Ong Hang See, Deputy Dean, Research & Postgraduate Studies for College of Engineering, UNITEN.

A smart grid technologies project to develop cleaner electrical systems in Malaysia is the objective behind a new collaboration between Universiti Tenaga Nasional [UNITEN], which is the educational arm of Malaysian national utility Tenaga, and global engineering and data analytics provider Cyient.

Under the agreement signed by UNITEN's acting vice chancellor, Dato' Prof. Ir. Dr Ibrahim bin Hussein, and Cyient's senior vice president and APAC head, Sanjay Krishnaa, both organisations will:

  • - Study the feasibility of deploying Cyient's framework for improving operations.
  • - Contribute to integrating diverse technologies in the areas of communications, electronics and utility systems such as Distribution Management System, Master Data Management, Outage Management System, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition and Geographical Information System (GIS).

"We are happy to collaborate with Cyient to leverage their smart grid expertise and implementation experience for the growing smart grid market in South-East Asia," said Assoc Prof Dr Ong Hang See, deputy dean, Research & Postgraduate Studies for College of Engineering, UNITEN and who was key initiator of this project.

"UNITEN, being an integral part of TNB [Tenaga], is distinctively positioned to progress in the rapid evolution of the smart grid market," said Dr Ong, who added that Southeast Asia with its high projected GDP [gross domestic product] growth rates will realise "consumer benefits and vendor opportunities. By 2025, Southeast Asian countries will likely have an electricity demand profile similar to Latin American and Eastern European countries."

Cyient's Krishnaa said that Cyient, as a major system integrator, has helped utilities in the past 20 years implement their smart grid vision.

He said the company has implemented AMI and smart grid projects and is working with UNITEN to recommend a framework to improve their operations. "Over the past few years, Cyient has worked with TNB in rolling out its enterprise GIS and AMI pilot project for Melaka and Putrajaya."

"This collaboration is a major milestone for Cyient and UNITEN in taking our relationship to the next level. We are looking forward to a long-term collaboration with UNITEN in creating smarter, cleaner electricity systems," said Krishnaa.

Headquartered in India, Cyient offers engineering, data analytics networks and operations solutions with a workforce of 12,000 employees across 38 global locations.


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