- Project group:
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
Haramaya University, ADC Research and Development PLC, Ethiopia
The main objective of this project is to develop and establish an innovative, intelligent monitoring system that monitors the electricity distribution network of the Ethiopian Electric Utility (EEU) using advanced measurement and communication techniques and the Internet of Things (IoT). The EEU is facing significant challenges with high technical and commercial losses (~40%), outdated infrastructure, lack of real-time information, data, and monitoring systems. Current sensors will be developed to transmit data over long distances using LoRa modulation and implement energy harvesting to provide data even during power outages. The data provided by the sensors will help the EEU to understand the stability issues of the grid and enable faster localization of faults.
The project will be managed under the supervision of ITIV. The design and implementation of the prototype, the entire system consisting of smart sensors, network topology setup, LoRa gateways, and the central server, will initially be carried out in the laboratory centers of ITIV. Haramaya University, in collaboration with the Ethiopian Electric Utility, will test the developed monitoring system in the city of Harar.