Friday, November 23, 2012

To what extent is the smart grid technology feasible in the UK?

Answers to this and other smart grid technology-related questions will be given at the upcoming conference in London, on 27-28th November 2012. Speakers include Dr Mark Osbourne, Director of National Grid, UK; Laurence Carpanini, Director of Smartmeters and Smart Grids at IBM UK, Hayley Dunlop, Smart Grid Director at GE, UK and many other prominent smart grid technology professionals. More information can be found on the conference website: There is still time to register and attend the conference, even though, to be honest the registration fees may scare you off. 

Let me explain why a smart grid technology is such a sizzling hottie on the energy market right now. In general, a smart grid technology is a socio-economic initiative to modernise technology and equipment to make our electrical systems more efficient, reliable and secure. It is a vision to make people aware of a new far more efficient manner of producing, using, consuming and storing energy. Multiple factors, that include: future projections of increased electricity demand, the world running out of the conventional major energy sources, such as oil and natural gas, unsure fate of nuclear power generation, etc. are in favour of implementing the smart grid technology. 

For instance, Denmark seems to be a pioneering country introducing the smart grid technology with a success. This video showing the smart grid system in Denmark proves the feasibility of the smart grid concept. 

Thus, the open question is: will the smart grid technology be working well in the UK? Hopefully, the summary from the London conference next week will be published online so everyone interested will be able to take a look and have a good read. 

Do not worry, smart grid enthusiasts, if you miss the London conference next week. There is an exciting conference on the same topic in Brussels, Belgium, lining up in January next year ('European Conference on Smart Grid Standardization Achievements'). Open to the general public and no registration fees, lucky students!, some of us may actually  have a trip to the EU capital and network with Smart Grid European professionals.    

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