31 episodes

Welcome to the Be Energized Podcast from Greenbird Integration Technology. In this series of podcast we will share our insights and learnings from our world-wide experience the energy sector. Digital transformation is about technology, mindset and accelerating innovation. These short, insightful podcasts will offer unique examples of disruption that really matters for successful digital transformation in the energy sector.

Be Energized Podcast Thorsten Heller

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Welcome to the Be Energized Podcast from Greenbird Integration Technology. In this series of podcast we will share our insights and learnings from our world-wide experience the energy sector. Digital transformation is about technology, mindset and accelerating innovation. These short, insightful podcasts will offer unique examples of disruption that really matters for successful digital transformation in the energy sector.

    Drivers of Digital in the Danish Energy System

    Drivers of Digital in the Danish Energy System

    Denmark is a country well known as one of the world leaders in the field of renewable energy (RE) development. With more than 40% of its energy coming from wind power and the recent announcement that it will create the world's first energy island in the North Sea, there is much to learn from these innovative examples.
    Many utilities are all too familiar with the mantra of going digital and the benefits this will bring to help new service innovation and accelerate the energy transition. But too often, insufficient thought goes into the technologies and people that are critical to making it happen. This is a fast paced and very diverse environment, and unless they have the right mindset and a strong IT foundation, most utilities struggle to relate to it to begin with or to keep up with it over time.
    Modern IT is like playing game of TETRIS
    In this podcast with Jens Cornelius, Senior Business Director at KMD we discuss how modern IT feels a bit like playing TETRIS — the game from the 80s. There are very few new utilities that start with a green field to make their first move. Most utilities have a legacy to take into consideration. What’s more, new things are always coming at you, and you need to deal with them. Over time they discover two things: some shapes seem familiar, and the game seems to get faster. But just like every house, utility IT environments need a solid foundation. Only then can you start building/adapting/expanding/growing. Managed well, everything fits together, but those that do not manage their technical debt can expect their Tetris tiles to pile up and will end up losing the room to maneuver or shape their future business.
    In this podcast you will learn:
    Current trends in the Danish energy system and the evolving role of utilitiesBalancing the impact of sustainability on the energy gridImpact of M&A, regulatory changes and market requirements on business and IT architectureOT/IT convergence in Danish utilitiesHow to create new value and capabilities in a digital eraFundamentals and skills requirements for future data-driven value generation and servicesHow Enterprise Architecture is like playing a game of TETRIS
    Acknowledgements:
    Song: www.Bensound.com
    Music Info: Corporate Ambient - AShamaluevMusic.
    Music Link: https://www.ashamaluevmusic.com/corporate-music

    • 36 min
    Siemens Advanta on Composable Systems and Data in the Energy Sector

    Siemens Advanta on Composable Systems and Data in the Energy Sector

    Digital transformation is spurring innovation and new business models across virtually all areas of the energy and utility sectors. As the pace of change speeds up, utilities rely on the expertise of technology leaders to make key system and architecture decisions that deliver future data insights and services.
     In this podcast Bram Murawski, a senior solution manager within Siemens Advanta and Chris Potter, a Siemens Solutions Architect speak openly about the trends driving digital transformation today.
    You will learn:
    Current status of technology adoption in the energy sectorDrivers influencing the adoption of data hubs and data lakes in EuropeDemystifying the differences between data hubs, data lakes and data warehousesData-driven use casesChallenges, opportunities and tips implementing data hubs and data lakes Related reading:
    “You should not have to worry about where it is and how to access it,” Gartner analyst Donald Feinberg said of composable data. It is not a single tool but rather the set of tools put together into a solution. 
    https://www.gartner.com/en/documents/3980938/data-hubs-data-lakes-and-data-warehouses-how-they-are-di
     https://venturebeat.com/2021/05/07/gartner-says-composable-data-and-analytics-key-to-digital-transformation/
    Composable data and analytics initiatives might uncover new ways of packaging data as part of a service or product. These could be built using low-code and no-code tools like those found in the Utilihive Platform.
    Utilihive offers the foundation for composable data and analytics allowing for easy access and sharing across distributed data environments. https://www.greenbird.com/utilihive

    Acknowledgements:
    Song: www.Bensound.com
    Music Info: Corporate Ambient - AShamaluevMusic.
    Music Link: https://www.ashamaluevmusic.com/corporate-music

    • 34 min
    Digital Darwinism: How Disruptive Technology Is Changing Utilities

    Digital Darwinism: How Disruptive Technology Is Changing Utilities

    Digital transformation, distributed energy, democratization of energy and prosumer influences, decarbonization, Internet of Things, real-time data — these are just some of the trends and technologies that are disrupting the energy sector.
    This is a time of Digital Darwinism — a time where technology and society are evolving faster than utilities have traditionally adapted to change. This sets the stage for a new era of leadership at utilities, a new generation of business models, charging behind a mantra of “Jump forward or fall behind.”
    When two entrepreneurs and thought leaders come together the conversation flows. In this comprehensive podcast with enersis’ Thomas Koller you will hear an open discussion and dialog ranging from the experiences and learnings gained working with utilities around the globe to the trends and technologies driving the next wave of innovation and transformations in the sector.
    You will learn:
    Tips from a startup perspectiveRecent changes in the sector and future trendsHow utilities are investing in technology, expertise and new skillsHow the distributed energy system will impact centralized ITTwo tier approach to enterprise architecture; digital core and cognitive utilityNew business models driving utilities and retailers contributing to the energy transition and sustainable growthThomas Koller is CEO and founder of enersis AG. Born in Schwabe, he studied computer science in Böblingen and supported consulting and sales positions in start-ups and Fortune 500 companies before founding enersis. Next to scuba-diving, Thomas is passionate about the possibility of combining modern information technology with the requirements of the energy transition in a practical way.

    Acknowledgements:
    Song: www.Bensound.com
    Music Info: Corporate Ambient - AShamaluevMusic.
    Music Link: https://www.ashamaluevmusic.com/corporate-music

    • 37 min
    Greening the grid by democratizing data

    Greening the grid by democratizing data

    The power sector in India is undergoing a significant change creating much excitement. The Government of India has identified the power sector as a key focus to promote sustainable development through the integration and greening of the grid with renewable energy and digital transformation. Key initiatives at leading DISCOMS are now focused on creating value by making energy services reliable, sustainable and affordable for their clients. 

    At BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) they are now taking proactive steps forward to gain valuable experiences and some accolades along their digital transformation journey. By implementing and testing a data lake solution BRPL will enable future service insights and innovation for a variety of use cases. 

    In this episode Abhishek Ranjan, Vice President and Head Renewable, DSM & EE and Energy Analytics at BRPL and Avanish Verma, Senior Researcher and Manager of Smart Innovation Norway share their insights on the trends impacting the energy sector in India today and how digital transformation is painting a very colorful future for the sector.
    Trends in the energy systemBRPL approach to digital transformationKey challenges and opportunities for DISCOMSWhat the changes in the energy system mean for consumersExperiences from the award winning Utilihive Data Lake implementationFuture vision and next steps of BRPL's digital journeyA celebration of color About BRPL
    BSES Rajdhani Power Limited is the leading premier power distribution company in the city of New Delhi serving more than 2.6 Million customers and catering to a peak load of 3200 MW. The company is a Joint Ventures between Reliance Infrastructure Limited and GoNCT Delhi.
     About SIN
    Smart Innovation Norway (SIN) performs independent, applied research within the fields of smart energy systems, smart cities and communities and Applied Artificial Intelligence. SIN’s NCE Smart Energy Markets cluster boasts many IT companies including most of Norway’s leading expertise in Big Data Analytics and digital technologies from companies like Greenbird, which are the drivers behind smart energy innovation.

    Acknowledgements:
    Song: www.Bensound.com
    Music Info: Corporate Ambient - AShamaluevMusic.
    Music Link: https://www.ashamaluevmusic.com/corporate-music

    • 27 min
    How Energy Disaggregation empowers Utilities and their Customers

    How Energy Disaggregation empowers Utilities and their Customers

    We have all had a hard time due to the Coronavirus (COVID – 19) and we all have been working from our homes, from buyer to the seller, operational manager to the chief information officer. We frequently use all kinds of electronic goods at home, consume lots of electricity, our computers, washing machines, and phones, etc. Today, consumers are used to having information at their fingertips. However, the reality is that most consumers spend less than 3 minutes of user engagement per year with information sent by their gas, water and electricity suppliers. Luckily, that will soon change, and AI will be a driver of enhanced services for utility customers. By harnessing the data from nearly ubiquitous smart meters and partnering with technology startups like Net2Grid, consumers, utilities and retailers will actually be able to disaggregate electricity consumption down to the level of individual appliances. Doing so enables utilities to better forecast energy demand to help their customers understand previously inscrutable electric bills and to suggest concrete ways for customers to reduce those bills. In this episode Bert Lutje Berenbroek, CEO and Bram van der Wal, Head of Product at Net2Grid reflect on 2020 and share their experiences working with clients like E.ON, EDP and Essent offering insights into the future of energy saving solutions.
    You will learn:
    Industry experiences from the last yearWhat disaggregation means and how it impacts the energy sectorHow utilities can develop value-added services in top of their commodity businessHow to drive change through data – your dataExample services from leading utilities
    Acknowledgements:
    Song: www.Bensound.com
    Music Info: Corporate Ambient - AShamaluevMusic.
    Music Link: https://www.ashamaluevmusic.com/corporate-music

    • 31 min
    Piecing together the enterprise architecture puzzle

    Piecing together the enterprise architecture puzzle

    How do you transition to a next-gen enterprise architecture that enables data-driven innovation and operational excellence? Whether you are planning or executing transformative initiatives across energy services, grid analytics, application modernisation, or a 360 view of your utility, you need modern IT architectures that can simplify collaboration with market participants and accelerate time to market service innovation.
    Innovate to prepare for the challenges and opportunities for today’s fast-changing energy sector and technology landscape.
    In this podcast “Piecing together the enterprise architecture puzzle” you will learn actionable best practices from transformative industry-leaders and innovation frontrunners.
    We have put together an e-zine with articles which speak to these questions. You can download the digital version of this collection by visiting http://utility40.greenbird.com/ to get more information on the build vs buy debate, understand the digital integration journey and how to simplify the IT/OT relationship.

    Session highlights include:
    Discover a blueprint and reference architecture for the digital utility that you can put into action right away.Align next-generation architecture principles to your own business strategy.Hear how leading utilities overcame key challenges managing huge amounts of energy data or integrate OT/IT and edge devices to create smart benefits.Gain insight from other utilities and industries how those succeed with a multi-cloud strategy and understand their rationale behind their “make or buy” decisions.Learn key benefits from use cases that generate value.Listen to Greenbird and industry experts as they discuss utility data, building a blueprint architecture for the Utility 4.0 and how to extract value from it.Learn how a data-driven culture can transition data from a troublesome challenge item to a strategic renewable resource that drives meaningful digital reinvention.Moderator: Claire Volkwyn, Editor, Smart Energy International
    Speakers: Thorsten Heller, CEO | Greenbird; Klaus Wagner, IT Project Manager | Netze BW GmbH; Rinse Veltman, Director Solutions | Energyworx

    • 1 hr

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