H.E. Mr. Nashida Kazuya, Ambassador of Japan to Thailand; Dr. Shuji Yumitori, Executive Director of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Japan; Mr. Somboon Norkaew, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy; Mr. Katsuya Nagano, Senior Vice President and Executive Officer of Hitachi, Ltd.; and Mr. Boonyanit Wongrukmit, Governor of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), participated in the inauguration of the Project on Voltage Regulation Technology Demonstration Using Optimized Performance Enabling Network for Volt/Var(Q) (OPENVQ) in EGAT’s Transmission System at EGAT 50th Anniversary Building, EGAT Headquarters.
H.E. Mr. Nashida Kazuya revealed that the Project on Voltage Regulation Technology Demonstration using OPENVQ in EGAT’s Transmission System is one of the collaborative efforts between Japan and Thailand to achieve Carbon Neutrality by utilizing technological innovations for the development of the country and leveraging the strengths of each country. He emphasized the importance of economic growth along with environmental care and hoped that the government and private sectors of both countries would continue to collaborate to further enhance the efficiency of energy connectivity in the energy sector.
Dr. Shuji Yumitori, Executive Director of NEDO, Japan, stated that as Thailand has a policy to increase the proportion of renewable energy to 50% by 2040, it will cause the fluctuation in the electricity system. Therefore, it is nesessary to have appropriate voltage control to accommodate the increased use of renewable energy. This is the basis for the Project on Voltage Regulation Technology Demonstration Using OPENVQ in EGAT’s Transmission System. Controling voltage with OPENVQ will help reduce energy loss in the transmission system and the use of fossil fuels for electricity generation, resulting in a decrease in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.