Información sectorial

Cómo pueden América Latina y el Caribe desbloquear su potencial digital

¿Cómo pueden América Latina y el Caribe (ALC) aprender de otras naciones y acelerar la digitalización de su entorno de construcción y del sector de servicios para fomentar la innovación en servicios urbanos avanzados, mediante la digitalización de la infraestructura y los activos inmobiliarios nuevos y existentes?

Blockchain probably isn’t the answer, but it prompts compelling questions

I recently took a day trip to New York City to attend GTM’s Blockchain in Energy Forum 2018. Obviously, the question above wasn’t the premise of the event — as the smart folks at GTM are clearly intrigued by the potential of the technology in the electric power space— but it was a sentiment expressed by some of the utility representatives and investors on the stage. It was also one of the questions uppermost in my mind as I stepped off the train at Penn Station, and as I discovered, on the minds of most of the other attendees as well.

Could smart meters trigger emergence of the 'Netflix of energy'?

New survey suggests smart meter users are more likely to consider purchasing energy as part of a 'lifestyle service' Could energy one day be given the Netflix or Spotify treatment? Could a commoditised, utility service be revolutionised in the eyes of consumers and become a 'lifestyle service, enabled by clean energy and digitised smart meters?

Is Software More Vulnerable Today?

It has been recurrent for hardware and software vendors to issue regular updates patching software flaws and vulnerabilities. Over the years, vulnerabilities have almost constantly increased reaching a peak in 2017 with the number reported more than doubling the previous year. This development seems to continue in the current year. In the realm of this trend, one may raise the question: Is today’s software more vulnerable?

‘USA’s largest’: Florida Power & Light announces 74.5MW / 40MWh solar-plus-storage project

The output of FPL’s Babcock Ranch Solar Center in Charlotte County, installed in 2016, will be made dispatchable with the addition of the battery, storing power when the sun is shining and then outputting it when cloud cover or other factors cause dips or drops in generation. The solar-plus-storage plant will also be used to mitigate peaks in network demand, like early evenings when solar production has tailed off but households return from their days work and switch on their domestic appliances. In Florida, the need for air conditioning can especially drive peak demand.