Kolektor will play an important role in the field of smart grids also in future
The 4th En-grids conference discussing development of smart grids in Slovenia, titled Smart grids – from words to actions, was held by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia. Experts from the field of electric power engineering were made familiar with the legislation and financing of the smart grid development and actual solutions in the field of smart grids. Guests from Japan invited to Slovenia by the Slovenian Technology Agency (TIA) participated in the conference as well. Kolektor group was one of the two main sponsors of the event.
Pursuing its diversification, Kolektor group aims ever more at the field of energy and industrial technology. »Energy pillar within Kolektor group is identified as the most perspective one. An important milestone was certainly the acquisition of Etra, producer of transformers. Etra was the central point, around which Kolektor group started to build diverse knowledge trying to upgrade it with smart grids,« said Radovan Bolko, Kolektor group CEO. He believes that smart grids enable great changes in electric power which further enable Slovene industry to enter or step up in this industry sector. Bolko hopes also that Slovenia will recognize this and find resources for smart grids. »The issue here is namely infrastructure objects where industry cannot work on its own.«
Besides Radovan Bolko, Kolektor group CEO, Samo Ceferin, M.S., responsible for different development activities in the field of electric power engineering and Engineering and Development Manager spoke at the conference. He presented in detail the Kolektor solutions for smart grids and development of regulation transformers for distribution networks and power transformer monitoring system – NSET.
Slovenian Technology Agency (TIA) and the Japanese New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) signed an agreement on cooperation in October last year, based on which NEDO selected two Japanese companies to make a research on implementation of smart communities in Slovenia. The issue here is the implementation of new technologies and business models, e.g. smart houses, smart grids, while the aim is to establish a long-term cooperation between the Slovene and Japanese companies with long-term effects and breakthrough on foreign markets. Furthermore, this cooperation gives opportunities to invest together in the industries of future.