Prointer ITSS, as one of the largest IT companies, has successfully implemented several projects in six years, designing and creating tools and solutions which have helped power companies in the digitization process. That is perhaps not enough in order to talk about a transformation, but we have learned a lot in these projects, said Bojana Omerovic, the director of Prointer ITSS Sarajevo
– The mandatory condition in these processes is good infrastructure, a smart network that runs the distribution, production and sale of electricity. When we look at the markets of the region, a big problem is the lack of strategies at the highest level. Even where strategies exist, they are not harmonized with the local ones. Digital transformation is very expensive and that is a big challenge for the power companies. It is very important for the needs of the market to be followed by an educated workforce, that there are engineers whose knowledge follows this process. IT combined with energy can create miracles and is already doing so. There can’t be a transformation without smart solutions – Omerovic pointed out.
IoT is in fact a way of linking a large energy sector with ordinary citizens.
– We hope that the decision-makers will recognize the importance of connecting IT with energy. A digital and digitized stable energy system can benefit the countries a lot, because a strong network and optics do not only have to be used for energy, but also by telecom operators, transmitters and other.
Srdjan Ozegovic, a member of the Management Board of ProCredit Bank
, says that, back in 2015, they made the decision to be a digital bank. There was some apprehension about how the clients would react, but they were surprised by the reaction. They all gladly accepted the changes, especially small and medium enterprises. They were also the first bank to start operating with a digital signature.
Later on, ProCredit oriented toward financing projects of investments in renewable energy sources and they are getting increasingly more inquests about that. The prices of investing in solar power plants are lower, so there are more and more companies which want to install panels for the purpose of their own production. When the regulations regarding prosumers take root, natural persons are expected to take greater part in investments. At the moment, it is a big investment for citizens, and whether they will be able to sell the electricity is not certain.
–The economy is ready for all the new trends, and there’s some resistance on the side of regulations, because they are developing slowly relative to the coming trends.
ProCredit has developed financial products for RES projects, and in cooperation with international finance institutions, they’ve also developed a grants program, not just for investments in solar panels, but also in energy efficiency.Cyber security
The end-goal of energy transformation, as Georgije Mihajlovic of Telegroup pointed out, is to be energy stable and secure, especially in situations when the prices of energy sources are volatile and when the delivery of energy sources needs to be secured.
– Under the pressure of the regulations and the deadlines, we mustn’t lose the need for cyber security, because before the wars, it is usually cyber attacks that are a threat. Electricity is a very important resource and we need to have it. Here’s what the situation looks like when you are dependent on the import of energy sources. It is important to be able to manage the energy system, and if we are not protected there, we could miss some things and having someone manage our resources without ours knowing it.
Krneta clarified that innovations in energy were first tested in Scandinavia or in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland, because, if something is proven to function well there, the entire Europe follows, because it’s something that’s close to us.
– What we are trying to do at Dwelt is to enable the forming of energy communities, local electricity market, in order to enable a greater use of energy from RES. The task of the technology is to enable the use of electricity – Krneta concluded.
Let us remind that the 2022 Trebinje Energy Summit was held between March 16 and 18, organized by Elektroprivreda RS, the City of Trebinje and the company SET
.The eKapija portal was the media sponsor of the Summit.
You can read about the participants and the topics of the Summit HERE