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IoT and Energy - How IoT is enabling the renewable energy revolution - Expert Panel Discussion

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CEO AND CONSULTANT, Accentec Technologies LLC Volkmar Kunerth is a German-American entrepreneur  and technology expert, known for his contributions to the development of smart grid technology and...

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IoT and Energy - Panel Discussion with industry and educational experts

Confirmed panelists are:

- Arie Brish
Professor at St Edward's University and partner Levant Energy Group

- Jonas Bull
Executive Consultant Toro Strategic

- Tom Fellenz
Distributed Energy Consultant for utilities - Former PG&E

- William Gathright
CTO, Talos IoT

- David Steven Jacoby
CEO at Boston Strategies International
David Steven Jacoby is the author of Reinventing the Energy Value Chain: Supply Chain Roadmaps for Digital Oilfields through Hydrogen Fuel Cells.

How IoT is enabling the renewable energy revolution 
Opportunities and Risks associated with IoT and Energy
In the system integration of renewable energies, smart grids have a significant role to play in the success of the so-called energy transition.
Intelligent decision making will lead to optimized utilization of energy assets and better allocation of energy and therefore optimized outcomes.
Because the smart grid with its sensors make the electric flows visible it allows for better investment decisions in the energy sector optimizing
With the help of sensors, edge computing devices, connectivity and cloud infrastructure existing power infrastructure becomes an intelligent power grid, the smart grid.
A smart grid an electrical network that cost-effectively integrates all participants and the actions they take as well as their behavior. In the smart grid, electricity is delivered from multiple suppliers to end users using bidirectional communication. The deployment of smart grid technology in homes and cities helps monitor, control, and optimize energy consumption in real time.

A smart grid is an electricity network that can cost-effectively integrate the behavior and actions of all users connected to it - electricity generators, consumers, and those who both generate and use electricity - to ensure an economically efficient, sustainable, low-loss, high-quality power grid and guarantee security of supply
The advantages of the smart grid are:
• Smart Grids allow better operation and integration of power generators of different sizes and generation technologies.
• Smart Grids allow consumers to contribute to the optimization of the power system and to have more comprehensive information and options regarding power consumption.
• Smart grids significantly reduce the environmental impact of the entire power system.
• Smart grids allow the maintenance and improvement of system reliability, quality and security of supply of the power grid.
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Matt Chester on Sep 14, 2021

Thanks for sharing, Volkmar-- I notice none of the experts were from a utility implementing these solutions directly so I'm curious to ask: is there any particular utility that you think is using IoT to its fullest power that you'd like to hear more from about their experiences? 

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Volkmar Kunerth on Sep 14, 2021

Dear Matt, 


Tom Fellenz and Jonas Bull did work directly for the utility industry, Tom for PG&E. 


Since every utility and state has its own laws and programs it is very hard to make a general statement.

I would say the best thing to do would be to search specifically regarding a certain utility and smart grid programs.

Sone utilities like PGE from Portland are very advanced in their smart grid and virtual utility plants. So is Tesla.


In Germany there are some very strong VPP players like NEXT Kraftwerke:

I hope that helps you.


If you want more information please contact me or book me through my calendly link:


Volkmar Kunerth  
Accentec Technologies LLC





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Matt Chester on Sep 14, 2021

Very helpful-- thanks for the follow up, Volkmar. 

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