Engerati’s Week In Smart Energy – Earth Mapping Gets Solar Spinoff

Published: Mon 31 Aug 2015
A blog entry by Jonathan Spencer Jones

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How many of us, when going to a new destination for a visit or holiday, look up Google Earth or one of the associated products, such as Maps or Streetview to find out more about the place?

Now in some parts of the United States – and in due course, more widely – we can use another spin-off product, Project Sunroof, to determine the solar potential of our rooftops based on factors such as roof orientation and shading from neighbouring buildings, as well as get information on local PV installers. [Google’s ‘Project Sunroof’ To Map Solar Potential] Google has been making steady inroads into the home energy segment and this is potentially the most significant, giving a foothold, along with Nest, across the prosumer space.

Few companies are now unaware of the growing value of meter data in running a modern business, and Danish smart meter manufacturer Kamstrup has recognized this fact to grow its business. With the addition of a meter reading and data management capability to its portfolio, Kamstrup is securing a continuing number of orders – the latest with a consortium of four Norwegian utilities – from companies that appreciate such a holistic solution. [Kamstrup - Big Meter Deals Signal Firm’s Growing Interest in Data Management]

Our sector is experiencing a growing number of disruptions and wireless charging is certainly one that will have a major impact on our daily lives.  Though slow to develop outside of Asia, an increasing number of devices are now appearing with wireless charging capability and wireless chargers becoming more readily available. Wireless charging is becoming a reality in the electric vehicle arena. The UK is taking this a step further by testing wireless charging of EVs under motorway conditions. While widespread wireless charging of EVs is still perhaps a decade away, developments such as these will be a powerful stimulus to the EV market. [Wireless Charging To Revolutionize Home Device and EV Use]

For most of us electricity is normally reliably available at the flick of a switch but we shouldn’t forget that about one in every seven people lack such access and have to rely on local resources such as wood, which also has to be manually collected and transported. With access to modern energy for all designated as a development goal for 2030, momentum is gathering internationally to eliminate this disparity. This should have a profound impact on human and economic development, not to mention the introduction of many market opportunities for investors. [Towards Sustainable Energy For All By 2030]

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