With npower shelling jobs and even the quickest-growing independents struggling to turn a profit, it’s becoming increasingly clear that margin-based business models are a thing of the past. Liam Stoker reflects on a week which has proven the direction of travel for energy suppliers lies away from pure commodity sales.
Current± talks to Mickey Steiner, managing director at innogy Israel, one of four key destinations for innogy’s Innovation Hub, about the division’s inspiration, the problems big utilities face with innovation and how start-ups are shaping the new energy paradigm.
Solar inverter specialist SolarEdge has sought to tie together the “related revolutions” in energy and transport with its recent M&A activity, the company’s VP of marketing and product strategy Lior Handelsman has said.
David Smith, chief executive of the Energy Networks Association, lays bare the significance and importance of the Flexibility Commitment that, he says, will underpin the creation of a cost-saving ‘Internet of Energy’ for UK households.
From small-scale generation and storage, to electric vehicles and interconnectors, a dynamic new group of customers has a new list of demands and expectations. Hedd Roberts, head of customer solutions, National Grid Electricity Transmission reveals what they’re doing to satisfy them.
Beyond the hype, blockchain in the energy sector is a solution looking for a problem to solve, so says Matthew Williams, founder and chief technology officer at Faraday Grid, who explores applications for blockchain.
Liam Stoker talks to Lightsource BP’s Nick Boyle and Kareen Boutonnat as the company marks one year since BP took a 43% stake in the firm, a deal which has “strapped rocket boosters” to the solar developer.
Following on from the launch of a voluntary code of conduct for the demand side response sector, John Bryant, head of business development at the Association for Decentralised Energy, discusses the need for such a code and, what it aims to achieve
Following on from the proof-of-concept demonstration of a blockchain-powered energy web at European Utility Week last month, the Energy Web Foundation’s Andreas Hergesell and Peter Bronski explore the technical considerations surrounding blockchain applications in the energy sector, and the importance of bridging the digital and physical worlds.