Older people smarten up to new energy tech

A third of people older than 60 years are either interested in buying a smart device to connect energy systems in their home or already own one. That’s according to a new survey from Centrica, which suggests demand for Internet of Things (IoT) technologies among pensioners and the elderly is being driven by the desire […]

‘Digitisation to massively improve customer experience’

  There is a massive opportunity for innovative digital technologies to improve energy customers’ experiences. That’s according to the UK’s Digital Minister, Matt Hancock, who spoke to ELN at the Conservative Party Conference about the benefits of inventions such as the Internet of Things, smart sensors and dynamic pricing. He said the range of options, […]

Energy firms seek smart tech takeovers

Around 90% of energy companies are actively seeking a smart technology joint venture or acquisition. That’s according to law firm Pinsent Masons, which suggests these firms want to adapt their business models to keep up with changing consumer behaviours, shifting government policies and to improve security of supply for the future. The survey of 250 […]

Siemens and Sheffield Uni partner on Internet of Things

An agreement between Siemens and the University of Sheffield marks the start of a new UK-wide network to link universities with the Internet of Things (IoT). The partnership aims to accelerate the use of smart data, boost technology skills and promote knowledge exchange to meet the needs of an increasingly digitised industry. The organisations involved […]

Wales to host superconductor hub after £38m deal

A coalition of councils have bought a semiconductor facility from the Welsh Government for £38 million. The ten councils making up the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal now own Newport’s Imperial Park, which they hope will become the world’s first compound semiconductor research and development hub. The site, which is being leased by tech firm […]

Siemens partners on digital innovation in Asia

Siemens has announced a series of partnerships to focus on energy saving digital innovations in Asia. The firm has agreed to create Hong Kong’s first smart city digital hub, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Science Park. This hub will use a cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) operating system from Siemens to share expertise and […]

‘Digitisation is the key to energy efficiency’

Digital technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart data are the key to energy efficiency. That’s according to Mike Hughes, Zone President for Schneider Electric UK & Ireland, who spoke to ELN at the company’s Innovation Summit yesterday. He explained how these disruptive technologies could vastly improve productivity and reduce costs once […]

‘Global warming not caused by humans’ says robot

A smart computer has suggested global warming is more likely to be the result of natural fluctuations rather than caused by the actions of humans. That’s according to scientists John Abbot and Jennifer Marohasy, who created an artificial neural network (ANN) to study historic data and see if temperature fluctuations since the industrial revolution are part […]

Centrica buys smart data and technology firm

Centrica has bought a smart data and technology solutions firm through its innovation unit. The acquisition of New Jersey’s Rokitt and the company’s proprietary Rokitt Astra technology is expected to strengthen Centrica’s innovative technology pipeline and existing data management capabilities. The Rokitt Astra software enables companies to extract meaningful information from large quantities of data through a unique set […]

UK businesses eye smart and distributed energy

A third of industrial firms are planning to invest more than £1 million in smart and distributed energy by 2022. That’s according to a new survey of more than 500 UK businesses conducted by PwC. One in five commercial firms said they planned to invest similarly, with mitigating high energy costs and managing security of […]