New technologies and digital innovations are changing the energy sector more and more. Enabling technology and digitalization can, in fact, positively impact it while also facilitating sustainable solutions.
In consideration of changes that are transforming the energy sector, this issue of Energy Journal aims to explore how innovative technologies can positively impact on it while also facilitating sustainable solutions.
“Energy: new technologies, new horizons”, focuses on how smart innovations can accelerate energy transition, while also being cost-effective for economies worldwide. In EJ 19 you will find articles and interviews on the topic of artificial intelligence, sensors and the Internet of Things at the service of the electricity grid. We will talk about new storage systems, energy efficiency and electric mobility, innovative strategies related to hydrogen and solar energy. In a dedicated focus, we will better understand what is happening in the energy cyber universe, exploring which trends will play an increasingly central role for the "new normal" that awaits us.
In this respect, “Scenario” addresses how science allows us to look to a better future with a strong acceleration of new technology for the energy industry. “Top Story”, instead, narrows the field of analysis by looking at the Internet of Things, through which the energy industry is innovating production, distribution, and consumption, both in terms of efficiency and sustainability, with a special interest in energy storage and clean hydrogen. As investing in technological innovation and digitalization is a constant commitment at CESI, in order to guarantee the services and competences necessary to manage any new development in the energy sector, the “Future & Technology” section presents you with our latest, most innovative initiatives.
In order to explore the impact of new technologies on the energy transition, we have asked for the opinions of three key players in the sector. In “Opinions”, in fact, you will find interviews with Ms. Mechthild Wörsdörfer (Deputy Director-General of the Directorate-General for Energy at European Commission and Director of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks at IEA), Professor Charles Kolstad (Co-faculty Director of the Bits & Watts Initiative; Senior Fellow at The Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, at The Precourt Institute for Energy and at The Woods Institute For The Environment - Stanford University) and Professor Daniel Merson Kammen (Director of Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory; Professor in the Energy and Resources Group Energy and Resources Group; Professor of Public Policy Goldman School of Public Policy; Distinguished Chair in Energy at the University of California, Berkeley). Both served as coordinating leads on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel prize in 2007.
As mentioned above, in “Industries & Countries” we analyze ‘the dark side of digitalization’, by taking a look at the issue of cybersecurity and the possible countermeasures the sector should embrace to avoid dangerous outcomes. Finally, the brand-new section “New Skills” explores how the transition in the energy sector, the changes imposed by the pandemic, the diffusion of smart grids, and the digitalization of networks are redefining the skills and profiles required for new professions and green jobs.
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