Philippines’ Meralco explores smart grid innovation

Through Power Tech, its new research and development (R&D), and technical training facility.

By Adrian M. Reodique
Nov. 17, 2016

Meralco, an electric distribution company in the Philippines, is building a research and development (R&D), and technical training facility featuring a smart grid set-up. 

The facility, called Power Tech, is being built within the Meralco Compound in Pasig City. The two-storey building will use solar and wind energy to operate, and utilise only natural lighting and ventilation.

"This is indeed Meralco's expression of commitment to innovation and technology. This gives us not only a laboratory, but a living, practical experience for engineers, to see what technology can do in respect to the power industry," said Meralco Chairman Manny Pangilinan in a report by Manila Bulletin last Tuesday (15 November 16).

The report mentioned that Power Tech aims to:

[1] serve as a facility to accelerate the competency upgrade of both the company's engineers and other industry players;

[2] provide a test-bed for smart grid as well as a testing are for new devices and equipment; and

[3] drive innovation and R&D in the local power industry through partnering with academe, and both the private and government sectors.

"We envision Power Tech to be a melting pot of creativity and innovation, of exploration and discovery. All these can only be possible if there is a free flow of ideas among different individuals from various fields and expertise who can also provide new perspectives. So, it is critical to inculcate a spirit of inclusiveness and foster a shared sense of ownership by the industry and its major players," said Ramon Segismundo, Meralco SVP and Head of Human Resources & Corporate Services, in the report.