The study carried out by Roland Berger found that Qatar is shifting to renewable power, and this has a lasting effect on her energy system. It also showed that water and energy usage is rapidly increasing due to industrial growth, higher per capita consumption, and many people working and living in the country.
The senior partner at Roland Berger, Fabian Engels, said that the current average annual power usage per capita is 16,000kWh and 625 litres of water are consumed daily. Engels added that these figures are a bit higher than in other GCC nations. Therefore, to ensure the country meets the increasing demand, Qatar is adding its energy system investments. The government urges its citizens and businesses to find a long-lasting approach to these limited resources.
Qatar’s National Development Strategy targets that by 2022, the country should realize an average power usage decrease of 8% and water usage per capita decrease of 15%, as well as shifting from fossil fuels to more renewable sources. Engel said that they are expecting a sped off technology in water and energy production. He added that that increased efficiency efforts would help to save power and water consumption.
The principal at Roland Berger, Jorg Klasen, said that the power transition would impact the whole system, hence the need for comprehensive approaches deployment. For example, it will need the system to know how to deal with the ever-changing renewable energy in the distribution and transmission grids, calling for the need to stabilize the system frequency.
Roland Berger said that digitalization is the way to go. It has the capability to change how power is produced, stored, distributed, and consumed. Some of Qatar’s use case examples are remote monitoring, intelligent power usage, grid management, and renewable energies’ power prediction.
Klasen said that the Internet of Things (IoT) could be of great help in grid management and remote monitoring using the IoT data. Artificial intelligence and advanced analytics can also give in-depth data-driven insights, which can help in decision-making.
Cloud-based working can greatly enhance effectiveness and efficiency. At the same time, blockchain can help build a more secure and transparent system, and robotic process automation can streamline internal functions, suppliers, and customers’ processes.
Engel said that to bring digital transformation into effect, it will need a comprehensive, implementation-oriented approach. This strategy will consider the future, increasing demand and supply, and a better understanding of applied technologies and energy systems.