Today afternoon Thailand's provincial power company (PEA) and Huawei to build PEA Innovation Center, is expected to be officially opened by mid-year next year. As Thailand's largest power company, this partnership is in line with PEA's policy of developing human resources through innovation and fostering business performance through technology, which also serves to make PEA "the electric utility of the future" The goal.
PEA President Sermsakool Klaikaew and Huawei Thailand General Manager Qiang Hua signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build an innovation center. The center will be located on the third floor of the PEA headquarters LED building on Nagamabun Road in Bangkok.
Based on advanced ICT technologies, the center will be a place to promote innovation in the power industry and to promote PEA personnel to learn the relevant technologies and to share their technical knowledge with the general public.
Sermsakool said that initially, the center will focus on the research and development of Internet of Things (IoT) and power system related communication systems. PEA combines its vast experience in the construction and operation of the power industry with Huawei's industry-leading ICT technology and R & D capabilities to develop the smart grid needed for the future.
According to Qiang Hua, the center is another important milestone for Huawei to better serve its local needs. The company is confident that it will be able to cooperate with the Thailand government's 4.0 Thailand policy and make a significant contribution to the country's social and economic development. He said PEA Innovation Center will be the second power industry innovation center built by Huawei, the first in its domestic market.
When asked about the cost, Qiang Hua said it is difficult to determine at this stage because it belongs to one of Huawei's long-term investment projects. In September 2016, he announced that Huawei is committed to promoting the full digital transformation of 10 Thai economies, including energy, as part of its contribution to the Thai 4.0 policy. In September, the company opened Bangkok OpenLab at its new Thai headquarters in G Building, Rama 9 Road. The lab helps Huawei customers and business partners digitize, provide them open platform and data center resources to help them test solutions and accelerate innovation.