Nazmul Likhon
The government has taken an initiative to modernize the country’s power distribution system, in continuation of which, a ‘smart grid’ is to be built for the first time in the country.
Initially, state owned Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) is going to set up this modern distribution system in some areas of the capital, and after considering the benefits of the pilot project, the government plans to expand smart grid across the country.
The government wants to reach uninterrupted power to all people by 2021. A number of projects have been taken up in this regard.
In addition to uninterrupted power facilities, the government wants to modernize the electricity system, for which it decided to build smart grid in the country.
State Minister for Power and Energy, Nasrul Hamid, had recently said, the area of distribution system is increasing day by day, and the distribution system will have to be modernized in the future. The government is thinking of distributing electricity through the smart grid in this regard.
According to sources, smart grid is the latest technology in the power distribution system. A smart grid is an electrical grid which includes a variety of operational and energy measures including smart meters, smart appliances and energy efficient resources.
Electronic power conditioning and control of production and distribution of electricity are important aspects of the smart grid. A modern control room will be built for smart grid technology.
DPDC said, in the case of smart grid, customers can choose their own electricity plan. There will be cards like ‘ Mobile SIM card’ in the home or commercial meter box. After 15 minutes, access to electricity will be used in the control room. After every 15 minutes, the power consumption information will be reached automatically to the control room. As a result, a customer can control his / her power usage, and the distribution company can also know about the needs of the customer. The system loss is less in the smart grid. Smart grids are more helpful in the industrial sector.

DPDC Managing Director Bikash Dewan told Bangladesh Post from Transformer, Distribution Line to Customer Label, everything will be covered under the network. “We’ll monitor where the problems lie, how much time it will need to repair, how much electricity is going to be produced produced, and much more can be controlled. In this way, operation and maintenance work will be easier. It takes a lot of time to do that at the moment.”

He said that “European Union Bank board meeting is scheduled to be held this month, where there will be a final decision. We hope we will be able to start the project from December or January.”

According to DPDC sources, the country’s first smart grid has been planned in Dhanmondi, Azimpur, Green Road, Lalmatia and Assad Gate areas of the capital. Five new substations will be built in these areas. A study has already been completed by the DPDC. The cost of this project will be $ 12 million.

The concerned people said, at present if there is a problem in electricity distribution system due to accident or any other reason, it takes time to find the source and solve the problem.

Smart grid system can easily understand the problem and solve it automatically. Due to an accident in one area, the electricity distribution system of other areas will not be disrupted.

Many countries in the world have already undertaken power supply projects in the Smart Grid. In 2005 the world’s first smart grid was applied in Italy. The Australian government announced a $ 100 million investment in 2009 for the use of smart grids. Canada announced the use of smart grids in 2006, in the distribution system of the country. America started the use of smart grid in 2007. With this modern distribution system in China, in 2009, several countries in Europe, in 2005 and South Korea have announced power supply to Smart Grid by 2030. India announced it last year.