Last week I found myself in the Arizona desert with a well known power generation equipment maker talking about big data and Internet of Things.
The event was Caterpillar's launch of its 'plug n' play' microgrid system at its proving ground outside Tuscon that offers power capacity between 10Kw and 100MW with a "sweet spot of distributed generation projects 10MW and under," said a Caterpillar executive.
What surprised me was not that Caterpillar had seen an opportunity to mine the global microgrid market spurred by the decreasing cost of PV solar but that the US giant is essentially selling an Internet of Things and big data solution without feeling the need to shout about it. Read the full feature article.
In other US news, we feature a white paper by the US renewable energy council outlining ways to boost funding into clean power in the state of Ohio. Could you apply the same ideas to your state or region?
Have a great week,
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