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What are the Digital Opportunities and Challenges for Consumer Vulnerability?

Digital technology has the power to transform the lives of customers who need additional help – people who may be vulnerable as a result of their physical or mental health, because they are very young or very old, or because they are in financial hardship. Digital technology allows us to offer them accurate billing. It enables us to keep track of their use of essential services so we can reach […]

Regulatory Barriers and Dilemmas in Digital Utilities

The European electricity industry is committed to invest in clean power generation and transition-enabling solutions, reduce emissions and actively pursue efforts to become carbon-neutral well before mid-century. Digital innovation will be instrumental in achieving this goal, as it is playing an increasingly important role in the ongoing transformation of the European power sector. The digital evolution of the power sector is steadily building more efficient, secure and sustainable electricity systems […]

Utility of the Future in Japan: Utility 3.0

Japan’s electricity business now faces some trends and challenges that lead to inevitable and irreversible transformation. These are Deregulation, ecentralization, Decarbonization, Digitalization, and Depopulation. They can be called five Ds. Among these, Japan will be the first nation that faces the challenge of Depopulation, unless it changes its immigrant policy drastically. TEPCO Research Institute calls the future electricity business led through these 5Ds Utility 3.0. Utility 1.0 is an electricity […]

How to Approach Digitalisation in the Energy Sector

Energy utilities across the world have traditionally focused on their assets – generation and networks – rather than their customers.  The concept of ‘outsourcing of production’ which is prevalent in most manufacturing industries has never really taken root in the electricity sector.  The marketing of energy to customers has tended to focus on price rather than the differentiated and consumer-centric approach that most other mass-market industries have adopted.  Electricity, the […]

Could Wind become a Reliable Source of Energy?

Wind energy is one of the most affordable forms of electricity today. R&D efforts perfected the turbine design in the last 20 years. The manufacturers launch newer and bigger turbine models each year. Yet, there is a down side of the technology that hinders its adoption: dependency on weather. Investors want to know if the location they choose for a wind farm is the optimum one. In the meantime, wind […]

How Big Data analytics and IoT power up wind turbines while cutting operational costs

Wind farm operators are seeking ways of driving operational costs down and managing the impacts of unpredictable wind.  The uncertain nature of wind energy generation complicates its operation.  IoT, together with Big Data analytics can empower operators by eliminating the unknown. The operators of a wind farm, equipped with the right IoT devices and powerful analytics, can compare their real and ideal asset performance. Beyond the comparison, the right analytics […]

Revolutionizing Wind Turbine Maintenance: How Big Data Analytics and IoT help wind farm operators to maximize their ROI?

Ideally, a wind turbine must be ready to operate any time the wind blows. However, this is not always the case due to unexpected failures. Wind turbines consist of various moving parts and mainly operate in remote areas. Therefore, a reactive maintenanceapproach is very costly due to emergency repairs and decreased availability. Big Data analytics and IoT revolutionize the maintenance approach by turning the unexpected failures into accurate predictions. Most of the faults give the early signals before they […]

72 kV AC “Wet-design” power cables and Umbilicals

Remote locations of the modern offshore O&G sites are bringing the need for the reliable, efficient and cost-effective deep-water applications. Subsea cable technology has been steadily developing through the last 2 decades offering the wide range of solutions to the industry.   Amongst the latest innovations is JDR’s 72 kV “wet-design” power cables and umbilicals.  These designs eliminate the need for a heavy metallic radial moisture barrier as used in conventional […]