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Talk Community Interview: José Manuel Carvalho

José Manuel Carvalho, Director Business Development - Europe, EFACEC

What do you see as the biggest opportunity for the energy industry? 

The energy industry has evolved strongly in the last years to become more digital, decarbonized and decentralized. While renewables is having a strong grow and electric mobility is growing exponentially, the biggest opportunity that I see in the energy industry is on the storage area, where I believe that different types of energy storage will be implemented across the world.

What do you see as the biggest threat to the energy industry?

The energy industry is facing a race against time due to its impact in the climate change and therefore the main threat I see is the possibility of the energy industry being slow in adapting to today’s needs and requirements that other alternative players will take over and provide solutions to the final customers. Everyone in the energy industry has to do its part to ensure a smooth transition to a climate friendly world.

What are the key topics you will highlight at this year’s EUW?

European Utility Week has grown its importance across the years and this edition in Paris has all it needs to be a very successful one with the growing number of utilities present during the event. I will be highlighting the options in terms of EV charging solutions, namely the best selling fast chargers from Efacec which are ready for the EV models that have been launched during 2019, which provide much longer vehicle range and reduce the EV range anxiety. Also there will be discussions about the role that electric mobility can do back to the grid as we will have energy capacity in the EV batteries.

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