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What are the perspectives of an Integrated Energy Market for Europe

A longstanding debate among European Energy actors is the relevance of an integrated market. Is it worth it? What will be the actual benefits? Is it much cheaper than the alternative of further investment in generation capacity? What should be the rate of investments? Demand Response, Energy Efficiency and local power generation systems wouldn’t make an integrated energy market useless? What about Natural Gas markets?

Here is an initiative lead by SIEMENS, which set up Energy Conference series around the globe. “The first one took place in Belgium, where the panel discussed the importance of an energy market framework that will be critical in sustainable economic growth of the European Union.

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13 startups Electrical Manufacturers should hate soon

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We are in 2018 and some of the biggest electrical equipments and Building Management Systems firms had burst, leaving the room to very young blooming startups, for some of them created less than 5 year ago. Would you want to work for one of these unfortunate big formerly top-in-the-class firms? You want to turn around and not stay on the side of the road?

Delve into the Non Intrusive Appliances Load Monitoring area. As seen in a previous post, NIALM technologies are processes for desegregating power and deducing what appliances are used in a building through a single metering point. Look at these up-and-coming startups. We should talk a lot about them very soon:

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What if you could breakdown electricity consumption with one meter only

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What if it was possible to get the power consumption breakdown by electricity usage of a building, based on a single sensor? What if all submetering systems became obsolete because of one signal processing technology? Today, this comes true thanks to NIALM (Non Intrusive Appliances Load Monitoring) technologies.

NIALM technologies are processes for desagregating power and deducing what appliances are used in a building through a single metering point.

Power Matrix

How SIEMENS uses serious game to raise awareness

We used to talk a lot about gamification and ways to raise awareness. Here is an interesting example. SIEMENS would like to raise awareness and teach people about new forms of energy through a new, fun game called Power Matrix. It’s free, and it’s beautiful even though one thing is missing apparently: it’s all about power generation and nothing about Energy Efficiency.

Starting with a rural territory where your future city is about to develop, the goal is to provide it with a sustainable power supply through a mix of various energy technologies while keeping a budget. The game flows effortlessly through different energy sources and their effects on the community.

Energy Prices

What could energy prices be by 2020 in Europe?

Energy Prices

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One of the key variables in an Energy Efficiency project, with the discount rate, is energy prices and their evolution through the time. Quite profitable Energy Efficiency projects have usually a few-year payback time. You may want to choose a not too bad ballpark value in order to make your project secured in the long run. Let’s not read in a crystal ball, but try to understand the main determinants, which influence energy prices.

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By the way, what’s a smart meter?

Smart Metering illustration

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Everybody talk about Smart Meters. But practically speaking, what the hell is that? We all see what a meter is. It’s a stuff that measures something, in particular electricity, but not only. However, what’s the difference between Smart Energy and a Smart meter? What makes a meter “smart”? What are the benefits for customers? Why are the traditional meters being replaced with smart meters?

A smart meter is a digital electric meter often equipped with wireless communications technology. This allows Consumers Energy to communicate with smart meters remotely so that certain service requests can be completed faster, such as meter reading, service connections and outage notifications.