A translation from the Diario Noticias.
Siemens wants to help transform Madeira into the first ‘smart island’ of Portugal and it was with this objective that last week it was at Smart Funchal ’17, where it presented a set of solutions that can contribute to energy, urban development, industrial development And technology, guaranteeing greater innovation, sustainability and competitiveness.
“We have participated and continue to participate in several projects of vital importance in the Madeira Archipelago, and we are convinced that the smart concept can also be applied in islands with clear energetic benefits, mobility and the infrastructures fundamental to social and economic development Of the entire region, “says Hélio Jesus, chief technology officer at Siemens Portugal.
Due to their intrinsic characteristics, the islands have become, in recent years, outstanding laboratories for future-oriented initiatives in terms of building self-sufficient and efficient energy systems. Siemens has a wide range of solutions already tested in this and other areas (industry, mobility or building technology) in its portfolios, which can easily be implemented in Madeira, contributing to the creation of business and employment, increasing productivity And competitiveness of the region and to improve the quality of life of citizens.
Always with innovation as a motto, Siemens has been a pioneer in the defense and creation of Intelligent Cities / Islands around the world, and Portugal is no exception. One of the 20 Competence Centers (CoCs) of Siemens, headquartered in Portugal, is exclusively dedicated to Micro-Networks and Energy Storage, fundamental concepts for the concept of Smart Islands.
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Blockchain technology, already used in the US, is an innovative method of storing and validating data that allows direct transactions between producers and consumers of energy. Transactions are tracked and inviolable in distributed systems without the need for centralized monitoring, allowing greater control and autonomy, and safeguarding efficiency. An ideal solution for islands, and that can be installed in the port of Funchal.
However, turning Madeira into a ‘smart island’ is a challenge that goes beyond energy. The connection between Funchal and Porto Santo is ideal for Siemens’ electric propulsion solutions, making the route linking the two islands more efficient and less polluting. Hybrid-electric propulsion systems allow for a significant reduction in fuel consumption and reduce ferry noise. The European Union’s CO2 emission targets stipulate a reduction of 75% by 2050 when compared to 2000, and it is not possible to achieve these ambitious targets with conventional technologies.
In the area of mobility, much more efficient traffic management, more efficient public road lighting systems, low energy traffic lights and the use of soft and / or shared modes of transport, with the inherent reduction of CO2 emissions, are possible. The smart island concept also encompasses the efficiency of buildings, which must have high standards of comfort (temperature, lighting, air quality) and security (access control, intrusion, video surveillance and fire), since Cities. Optimizing them and making them more efficient is the first step towards contributing to greener cities.
Siemens and Madeira
“In recent years, Siemens has implemented in Madeira a set of solutions that have brought clear benefits to the region,” said the company. As an example, in the area of energy, in the Calheta Hydropower project, Siemens is responsible for the engineering, manufacturing and supply of electrical equipment. This project, which is the responsibility of the Madeira Electricity Company, is of vital importance for the development of the Autonomous Region’s electricity generation system and contributes very favorably to the energy policy objectives, in particular with regard to the commitments made by the country in the matter Reduction of CO2 emissions.
Still in the area of energy, and in turn, Siemens was responsible for the engineering and construction of several substations, namely Calheta, Livramento and Lombo do Faial. In the area of airport mobility, Siemens was responsible for supplying the baggage handling and screening / X-ray systems for hold baggage.