In southern Europe, Turkey’s Minister of Science, Industry and Technology Fikri Işık said that energy production in the country would be doubled by 2023.
To this end, the ministry announced that it is currently working on future technologies to transform current networks into smart energy networks.
Speaking at the third International Istanbul Smart Grid Congress and Fair, Mr Işık added that many countries worldwide are aware of the fact that smart grids and networks are superior to conventional power grids.
The Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology is following suit by "working on future technologies, including smart networks, the Internet of objects [Internet of Things], 3-D printer technologies, wearable technologies, cloud information and wireless energy transfer", he said.
The main aim, stressed Işık, is to improve the quality of Turkey’s energy production as well as develop high value-added technology products.
“The energy sector has an important role to play in the success story of Turkey, which is the 17th biggest economy in the world and the sixth biggest economy in Europe,” said Işık.
He continued that over the past decade, Turkey has had the largest increase in energy demand among Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.
Turkey consumes twice as much energy as it did 12 years ago, however, in terms of electricity consumption per person, total consumption is 3,237 kWh below the OCED average of 6,000 kWh, according to local news source Daily Sabah.
The minister concluded: “This means we have not reached the required level of energy production.”
Smart grid India
In other smart grid news, India’s largest electric utility Powergrid is taking the lead in the setting up of a smart grid in Gurgaon, a financial and industrial city, south-west of New Delhi, to address renewable energy integration, water and waste management, and the traffic and transport system, according to local trade magazine TeleAnalysis.
Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for power, coal and new & renewable energy, stated that the smart grid would introduce efficiency in power supply and facilitate the reduction of transmission and distribution losses, decrease outage frequency, while improving demand side management and demand response.
The development of a smart grid in Gurgaon forms part of a larger smart city project, said Mr Goyal.