With huge developments around smart technology, this is the perfect time for the energy sector to investigate how it can invest in innovation and aid a fundamental rethink of how we are delivering energy and how households use it. Smart Energy GB, the voice of the smart meter rollout, recently convened a round table of leading thinkers in innovation, including organisations such as Technology Scotland. The discussion centred around the findings of our research into what consumers want from smart energy products and services and how Scottish innovators can harness Scotland’s capability for modernisation, to meet the changing needs and expectations of its customers. The research found a strong appetite for smarter energy technology amongst people of all ages. Moreover, the national rollout of smart meters to every home was found to be a vital catalyst for innovation: people who already have their smart meter, which allow consumers to see how much energy they are using in pounds and pence and installed at no extra cost by their energy supplier, were even more likely than others to say they would like to use a range of smart technology. This includes devices that turn off automatically on being fully charged, services which offer tailored advice on how to be more energy efficient, tariffs which offer cheaper energy outside of peak times, or the ability to identify which appliances are using the most energy.
Herald 5th Jan 2018 read more »
Meeting a commitment to move away from older polluting vehicles will be hard, but electric cars offer a bright future for us all, says Caroline Jones Carrick. Norway tops the global charts of EVs per capita, and nearly 40% of new cars bought by our North Sea neighbours last year were electric. Norway hopes to have emission-free road transport by 2025, and the rest of the world would like to catch up. Governments everywhere have announced aspirations in this regard. The UK and France want sales of petroleum fueled vehicles banned by 2040. India, notorious for its congestion and air pollution challenges, revealed an ambitious aim for all new cars to be electric by 2030. Austria, China, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Japan and the Netherlands have set dates and targets, as have some of the individual states in the USA. Here in Scotland, we’re hoping to phase out sales of all fossil fuel-burning cars by 2032. Working as I do in electric transport, I wholeheartedly support the Scottish target. Today, road transport alone accounts for a hefty 20% of total carbon emissions, so reducing this category of pollution would make a big difference overall, as well as spare our citizens the deadly effects of diesel particulates in the air. At TEV (Tracked Electric Vehicles) Project we’re working with Newcastle University on something simple yet radical – roads that can charge cars while they drive. TEV is a design for a motorway that will power electric vehicles as they move, and provides an environment that allows them to operate driverless technology in maximum efficiency and safety.
Scotsman 4th Jan 2018 read more »