The world’s energy systems are changing at an increasingly rapid rate, which is changing the dynamics of the global energy system. All of this bound by the needs of the public based on growing global population and the increased consumption patterns of the public.
Solar energy is becoming more dominant with each passing year. The World Economic Forum (WEF) reports that Germany reached 41GW by the end of 2016. “In contrast to earlier energy system evolutions, the arena this time is undergoing a truly disruptive transformation,” WEF said.
There is a modern wave, global change, in the energy sector driven by both the customer and the focus. The focus, too, being on the customer. The gird edge technologies pitched by the Paris agreement with distributed batteries and solar energy are important.
The scene is being set for more and more engaged and active customers. The customers will be able to profit from modern technologies in addition to be able to transform the system of energy production and distribution throughout the world.
“So the customer today is not a consumer, but rather a prosumer combining own generation of energy with ever more efficient and increasingly smarter consumption. This is why I believe, the change is not customer centric. The customer is the change itself,” the WEF said.
The WEF related two sides to the issue. One was the production side and the other was the consumption. With production, the services and products will be decentralised. With consumption, billions of assets throughout the world will be more thoroughly integrated than ever before.
This digital enabling of the customer with the energy grid is revolutionising the global energy system. This is part of modern and upcoming, and ongoing, connectivity, which is described in three parts.
The first is the sharing that involves people such as communities and regions. The second will be the transformed energy system based on the customer sharing of energy including the transfer of renewable electricity for heating and mobility. The third part of this energy sharing will be the connection between the aforementioned prosumers – those creating their own energy and using energy – and the regular consumer with energy or assets, e.g. the use of e-vehicles or the sharing of energy generation plants, and so on.
So this sharing will be a platform that will allow those kinds of sharing.
“A platform which provides to the customers on the one hand the efficient and flexible physical exchange of energy just as the indispensable security of supply.” the WFF said. “A better world, where it is only about the customer.”
Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. Jacobsen works for science and human rights, especially women’s and children’s rights. He considers the modern scientific and technological world the foundation for the provision of the basics of human life throughout the world and advancement of human rights as the universal movement among peoples everywhere.