Gaza is facing a massive electricity issue. If you go back to February, you’ll see that seven health centers in the area closed. Beit Hanoun Hospital also had to close down their operations, with other hospitals also reducing their services.
A lack of fuel to produce electricity via generators was partly to blame.
The question of who is responsible for tackling the electricity crisis is one that remains unanswered. We know that the lack of consistent power is impacting the economy, including everything from local education to healthcare and even water supply.
Gaza needs to determine how to transition to a contractual model of service so that generation can remain consistent.
Obvious government issues are to blame for the electricity issue, with a lack of proper oversight and agreements to supply electricity to the area. Power in the area was highly limited in 2017, with just 3 – 4 hours of power available per day.
There’s a lot that can be done to help the situation in Gaza, but it’s something that is always going to be a topic of debate.
Israel’s startup sector may have a slight solution that can help ease the electricity issues in the area. Power, used for everything from cooling to keeping the lights on, results in a 6% – 20% loss in electricity.
The issue is linked to distribution lines, and when electricity is scarce in areas or prices are high, the burden can be softened by reducing this wasted power. Electric Grid Management (EGM), a company that entered into IBM’s Alpha Zone Accelerator, provides a grid management system along with analytics that have become part of IBM’s infrastructure management business.
Monitoring and management are offered through EGM, and big data is being deployed to help enable proper management.
The system is able to provide failure predictions, alerts and alarms and properly analyze grid health.
IBM and EGM are the perfect match because IBM works with utility companies to offer industry-leading solutions to manage their infrastructure and assets. EGM is capable of detecting electricity leaks on the grid, and this can be anything, from damaged transformers to illegal tapping into the electricity lines to steal electricity. The theft of electricity is a major issue in Gaza, so a solution that can determine when power is being stolen can help utility companies operating with a higher level of efficiency.
EGM’s technology may not be able to help Gaza with blockades or having to rely on other regions or countries for their energy. But, the technology can help Gaza optimize their electrical system by showing real-time information on the grid’s usage and offering insights into electrical transmission issues, such as malfunctions, foreign objects impacting line or balance issues.
Small, minute changes may be able to supply Gaza with the electricity it needs to be able to keep hospitals running. Education services may be able to remain in operation, and it’s possible that Gaza’s reliance on other countries will be lessened as these big data solutions transform energy optimization.