CARMEN NEAGU

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ENERGOBIT SA

  |  05.08.2016

Power, Performance, Innovation - The Pillars Which Support Our Activity

EnergoBit contributed a lot in the development of the renewable sector, by participating in the most important wind and photovoltaic projects from the country.

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CARMEN NEAGU

CARMEN NEAGU

CEO at ENERGOBIT SA

Q: As a major player in the energy infrastructure industry, how does EnergoBit see the prospects for 2016-2017?

 

Carmen Neagu: If I had answered this question in the beginning of the year, I would have told you that 2016-2017 should be better compared to the previous years in terms of investments, as the infrastructure needs to be modernized and that most of the companies have money for that. But, as the first half of the year is nearly ending, I would say that this prediction was not true, and I just hope that the second half of the year will be better. There is a lot to be done in the energy industry related to the infrastructure supporting this field, but also in the generation field and at the consumer level to improve energy efficiency. It would be ideal to do as much as possible in these years, but there are a lot of large scale projects for which the development works will take longer.


However, I will name some of the projects that instantly come to mind for the future period: cross-border interconnectivity in order to be better prepared to export the excess energy, improve security of supply in generation deficit areas, grid reinforcement for RES integration and relief associated congestion, renewal of existing, old asset base with focus on generation. The introduction of the smart metering equipment for the end user has started, and hopefully this will go large scale. There are still tens of thousands of houses in Romania with no access to the National Power Grid (SEN), where the infrastructure in the area should be built from zero.

 

Of course, there are discussions regarding the profitability of such projects and the return of investment timeframe, but it is the decision makers’ responsibility to find or create funding solutions, as access to electricity in the 21st century is an indicator of the life quality.


Q: Worldwide in the energy sector, we see a growing consumer demand and world class innovation, combined with a supply chain capable of building, installing and servicing all energy technologies. How does EnergoBit fit into this environment?

 

Carmen Neagu: Within all our activity, at EnergoBit, we always have in mind quality, efficiency, innovation and answer the customers’ needs/ demands.


When speaking about equipment production, the need to innovate is mandatory in order to be competitive and, in our case, we always wanted to have state of the art technology and to produce the best equipment. For example, the EnergoBit distribution transformer, which we started producing from 2013, has gone through two updates since then, in terms of design, technology, losses reduction. Each new version of the transformer diminished the power losses by 10 to 15%. As we speak, we are working on developing the fourth version of the equipment, which will continue to decrease the losses.


Besides our production facilities which are directed towards increased efficiency and innovation, in order to offer complete solutions, in accordance with the latest technological development, we have partnerships with world class innovators with tradition in setting the market trends. As a brief example, one of the projects we made last year, the photovoltaic park in Miroslava, Iasi, is the first unit in Romania having a double axel tracking system. This technology allows the movement of the photovoltaic panels according to the sun’s position, maximizing the power production.

 

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