Talk Community Interview: Robert Sarcevic
What do you see as the biggest opportunity for the energy industry?
It’s difficult to say, what ONE biggest opportunity is – there are plenty opportunities in various ways for all players. Depending on the status quo / starting point, for the one it might mean new business. For another it could be enhanced operations, creating more efficiency, reliability and sustainability to better support their customers. In the end the entire energy system will become a universe, where big and small players will form a larger ecosystem, supporting the major goal to decarbonization, while maintaining or even increasing the level of power supply for the growing demand, given by the mega trends like growth of population on earth and electrification of more and more sectors, like e.g. in mobility.
What do you see as the biggest threat to the energy industry?
I believe the biggest threat to all players in this multifold energy transition, is to miss connection to the rapid developments by staying passive.
The good news: The main frameworks are there and the technology is there as well. The possibilities and opportunities seem to be unlimited. And the pace of developments is huge. Therefore active engagement, positive attitude to change and proactive implementation of the given possibilities are key in order to stay ahead of challenges and to shape new business.
What are the key topics you will highlight at this year’s EUW?
The call for environmental protection is shifting the use of energy from fossil sources towards renewable energy sources, especially wind and solar. Our portfolio – from integration of renewable energy sources supported by battery and hydrogen storage solutions to environmentally friendly products, solutions, and systems – helps our customers to get a future-proof energy supply on track.
Distribution power grids need to handle increasing distributed in-feed of renewable energy, fluctuating peak times, and many more. We are helping to prepare your grids for the challenges of the transition to a new energy mix. Ranging from a ring main unit on medium-voltage side, a distribution transformer with sensor connectivity, innovative low-voltage components and a comprehensive basket of distribution grid applications for condition monitoring and automation such as self-optimizing grid solution.
Internet of Energy:
We are connecting automated energy systems to the Internet of Energy ensuring full data transparency for maximum efficiency, reliability and grid safety. At the heart: the electrical digital twin, a perfect virtual image of the physical grid leading to increased efficiency in network planning and operation. We jointly co-create with our customers innovative digital applications - powered by MindSphere with the clear aim of turning data into business value.
Our solutions empower our customers to integrate renewables efficiently, to set up microgrids with different degrees of autonomy; including storage solutions of all sizes. We also provide eMobility charging infrastructure, from charging stations to flexible software solutions, as well as products and solutions for smart buildings and their integration into the overall grid or distributed energy systems. In short: intelligent energy meets smart buildings, and that interface has a name: the grid edge.
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