By Thomas Weidling | Posted: Monday July 3, 2017
What is the most exciting technology emerging in the energy sector?
At large scale I’m keeping an eye on the progress and contracts, being committed to around the world to increase renewable energy generation. On a smaller scale, it’s exciting to see consumers are becoming more socially and environmentally conscious (and technology becomes more accessible) and many are looking to generate some (or all) of their own power to become self-sustainable. The uptake of this tech may develop microgrid systems, where communities partner and form their own peer-to-peer networks, generating and distributing their own power at a local level. I think that the industry benefits of these microgrids – improved reliability, reduced infrastructure costs, the impact on local economy through jobs – not to mention the environmental benefits. Another offshoot that could be easily adopted in developing countries to leapfrog the established infrastructures.
Why is NZ the ideal place to disrupt the energy sector from? New Zealand is a world-leader in green energy, by already using 80% renewables. The next step, I hope, is that NZ will lead the world in becoming 100% renewable. I believe that this level of development allows the energy sector to progress in ways outside of environmental. Meaning there are opportunities for the higher adoption of alternative energies and technologies at both consumer and industry levels.
What do you think consumers are looking for in disruptive energy technologies? These days consumers are more conscious of their choices. Any developments or technologies that allow higher customisation, for services to suit personal preferences will be key. Consumers might look for:
• something that’s easy to understand, adopt and use on a continued basis
• transparency over usage so that they can make informed choices for control over the service
• a reliable service