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Huawei launches top 10 trends of site power

Peng Jianhua, President of Huawei Site Power Facility Domain discusses the use of technologies for the energy industry

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Huawei launches top 10 trends of site power

As emerging technologies such as 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, and artificial intelligence (AI) are rapidly commercialized, there’s an uptick in digital transformation across various industries. The epidemic and carbon neutrality goals further accelerate the transformation towards a smart society. What does it mean to the site power? What will happen if the energy technologies are combined with power electronics technologies and digital technologies?

To answer these questions, Peng Jianhua, President of Huawei Site Power Facility Domain, together with industry guests, discussed the technology and industry trends and predicted the ten trends in the site power domain. The ten trends are released to provide guidelines for the growth and innovation of the energy industry.

Power Digitalization

The full power link from power generation, conversion, storage to use will be digitalized. The entire energy network will change from the traditional watt flow to watt+bit collaboration, driving the digital transformation of site power from points, chains, and networks with Bit Manage Watt’s concept. The convergence of digital technologies and energy technologies will make energy networks visible, manageable, controllable, and optimizable.

To this end, Huawei explores a three-layer energy target network from the components, site, to network to help customers build a simple, intelligent, green, and reliable energy target network and meet the new energy development requirements in the future.

 “Zero-Carbon” Network

Green and sustainable development is a global campaign. Clean energy application and energy saving have become mainstream around the world. In the future, the full link of power generation, load consumption, and power conversion and storage will be green, efficient, and energy-saving. From the top-level network planning and design, construction and capacity expansion, to the reconstruction and optimization, digital O&M and energy efficiency management, and zero-carbon evaluation, the zero-carbon network will be realized through the integration of power electronics, digital, and AI technologies.

The rapid development of core technologies, high-efficiency technologies, and digital technologies also makes zero-carbon networks possible. Energy-related OPEX for carrier networks will not increase after adding 5G, greatly reducing CAPEX. It will clear carbon emissions of networks through simplified network construction, intelligent O&M, and full-lifecycle management of energy networks.

In Green Island, Greece, Huawei helps a carrier reduce carbon emissions by 10 tons per site per year by intelligent solar access. In Pakistan, Huawei uses an advanced hybrid power supply to replace diesel generators, reducing carbon emissions by 18 tons per site per year.

 Lithium for All

Thanks to its long lifespan and continuous technology development, lithium batteries gradually replace lead-acid batteries in large-scale applications in various industries worldwide. Batteries that solely serve as emergency backup power can no longer meet diversified requirements in various scenarios. They are hoped to become a comprehensive energy supply. Common lithium batteries provide only a single function. After the power electronics and digital technologies are combined, the local BMS and cloud BMS will collaborate. With the help of AI and big data technologies, common lithium batteries will become intelligent and cloud-based. From a single component to a cloud-based smart energy storage system, lithium batteries will be safer, applicable to more scenarios, and with more efficient O&M, maximizing site energy storage value.

Following the intelligent lithium battery, Huawei launched the fifth-generation CloudLi solution, which redefines lithium batteries’ architecture in the new era. The solution features a full-scenario connection, simplified cloud maintenance, AI-based integrated energy storage, precise configuration, and proactive security management. This solution will surely bring more benefits to customers.

Telecom Site to Social Site

5G has entered different industries. As a result, a large number of digital sites are emerging. Varied scenarios require more flexible and diversified sites. Traditional sites with a single communication connection function will evolve to social sites with comprehensive functions, maximizing the site value.

Huawei launched the innovative eMIMO solution in Northern Africa, a unified energy platform that supports multiple inputs and output modes. This solution helps traditional site infrastructure with a single function transform into one with comprehensive energy services. Site power facilities also supply power to small-scale retail stores and police stations in villages.

Energy Supply Diversification

The diversification of energy supply is embodied in three aspects: First, the diversification of power supply sources. New energy, especially solar energy, will gradually shift from supplementary to the primary. More power supply solutions with optimal configurations will be available thanks to the combination of new energy with mains and energy storage system: the second, the diversification of application scenarios. Site power is no longer just the power source of IT or CT equipment. Instead, it changes to ICT converged power supply and begins to power people’s livelihood and production.

Third, the diversification of deployment modes. In the future, it can deploy site power in multiple modes. For example, centralized solar power plant, campus power supply and small-sized micro-grid power supply, distributed power supply and hybrid power supply, and household PV power supply. Power facility deployment will change from centralized to centralized+distributed mode to meet different application requirements.

In Ethiopia, Huawei used the advanced solar energy, energy storage, and diesel generator hybrid solution to save 12.26 million litres of fuel for communications sites, saving US$20,000 in fuel costs and reducing carbon emissions by 26.2 tons. In Nigeria, distributed off-grid micro power plants were used to reduce the cost per kWh from US$0.5 to US$0.2. The power system provides a stable power supply for the local area around the clock.

 Full Link Intelligence

With the gradual digital transformation of the energy industry, the traditionally siloed architecture and isolated energy subsystems will evolve towards integrated smart energy. The software-defined subsystems for power generation, conversion, storage, distribution, consumption, and temperature control will use AI algorithms to achieve full-link collaboration and optimal power supply systems.

In the Zhejiang province of China, Huawei cooperates with China Tower to reduce the site power consumption by 17.1% through the AI-based peak staggering function, helping the customer reduce the electricity fee CNY1788 per site per year.

Simple and Convergent

It will deploy many sites, IT and CT services are further integrated at one site, and the power supply and battery will be combined. The AC and DC power modes are integrated into one power supply. Therefore, multiple power systems will become one. Sites will evolve from equipment rooms to cabinets and poles, reducing the footprint and power consumption. It will further improve site power efficiency. The electricity fee will also decrease, achieving low carbon emission throughout the entire network and realizing a simplified power supply during the lifecycle.

In Mexico, Huawei launched the iSuperSite solution, which supports ultra-high-density and large-capacity power supply and equipment housing. This solution uses cabinets to replace rooms and integrates IT and CT power supplies to reduce site deployment costs and shorten the deployment period. It can reduce power consumption and save rents, achieving optimal TCO.

Multi-mode Architecture

With the diversification of energy supply and equipment types, site power will develop towards a multi-mode coordinated architecture. The system architecture will support multiple energy inputs and output modes, multi-mode scheduling control and management. The system will evolve by the modular overlay. One power supply system applies to multiple scenarios and realizes converged power supply for different services and devices.

With Huawei’s innovative and unified eMIMO power supply architecture, one power supply system (platform) supports multiple inputs and output modes, meeting different equipment’s power requirements in various industries such as communications, transportation, and electric power.

 Autonomous Driving

Autonomous driving is the development theme of site power in the future. First, the application of AI technologies will simplify energy O&M, implement remote O&M, self-learning, and automatic O&M, and improve O&M quality and efficiency. Second, intelligent IoT connection technologies and intelligent sensing technologies will enable the digital management of site power. It will eliminate the original management of dumb devices. With digital sensors and the intelligent management platform, all components and devices in the energy network can be sensed and interconnected.

In Zhejiang Province, Huawei uses the AI-powered intelligent load power-off slicing technology to ensure power supply to important services and ensure zero site breakdown during the epidemic. During the epidemic, the remote battery inspection function of Huawei intelligent sites reduces manual site visits. The battery test precision is also improved, reducing the site visit cost by US$200/year for a single site.

Safe and Reliable

The surge of data volumes spurs the network, digital, and intelligent transformation in the energy industry. Therefore, the reliability, security, privacy, and resilience of hardware and software become requirements.

Huawei’s power products feature high security and reliability design of software and hardware. In addition to high-reliability design and manufacturing, predictive maintenance is supported at the hardware side to consolidate the reliable foundation. In terms of software, layered control and defence functions are added to the software, making the energy industry more safe and reliable.

Deep insights into the industry trends help enterprises to better adapt to future challenges. By releasing the ten trends, Huawei Site Power aims to provide guidance for technology and industry development and industry digitization, help build a greener and better-connected world, and bridge the energy divide. In the future, Huawei Site Power will continue to adhere to openness and cooperation and work with industry customers, partners, and third-party organizations to promote innovations and achieve win-win outcomes in the digital power era.

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