Exclusive interview with Sliman Abu Amara, Business Development Manager Middle East and Africa, DNV KEMA, an exhibitor at this year’s African Utility Week.What are you most excited about currently in terms of DNV KEMA’s products and solutions?
To achieve a global leading position in the fields of R&D, innovation and studies related to smart grids and smart metering.
Vattenfall]A conversation with Mats Nilsson, Economist, Vattenfall
In this exclusive interview Mats Nilsson, Economist at Vattenfall, discusses the challenges of transitioning to more intelligent and efficient energy systems.
Our Industry Expert Interview Series features exclusive interviews with leading industry experts who are part of the co-located events: African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa, either as speakers, sponsors or exhibitors. The event takes place from 14 - 15 May in Cape Town. Our business leaders share what excites and concerns them about the industry and their message at the event in May.
Exclusive interview with Dieter Gutschow, Managing Consultant, Eon Consulting, South Africa, who along with a senior Eskom representative will present a presentation on: “Quantifying the benefit of different smart grid technologies for overhead lines” during the Smart Grids/T&D track at African Utility Week.
Interview with Rajesh Bansal, VP (MMG-EA), BSES Reliance, India and speaker at the upcoming African Utility Week 2013
[img:SURussia13_0.jpg| ]Our Industry Expert Interview Series features exclusive interviews with leading industry experts who are part of Smart Utilities Russia, either as speakers, sponsors or exhibitors. The event takes place from 29 - 30 January in Moscow. Our business leaders share what excites and concerns them about the industry and their message at the event in January.
With the rise of tariffs for electricity in Russia resulting in it no longer being treated as a cheap product, is it likely that interest in energy efficiency programs will increase in the near future?
The more expensive the resource, the greater the interest for its effective usage on the part of those who feel the price is important. So, no matter how paradoxical this may sound, the higher the tariffs, the better the future of Russian economy.
Interview with George K Beard, Alliance Manager, Office of Research & Strategic Partnerships, Portland State University, U.S.A.
What are the main/current challenges in the EV industry?
My academic and research interests focus on sustainable urban mobility in general and on electric vehicles in particular. A concomitant interest is on the time and effort required for a new technology to achieve widespread social and civic adoption. Regardless of the reliability of this new technology, the acceptance by drivers and their families is a much longer slog.
What’s your vision for the industry looking forward?
The transition from combustion vehicles to electric vehicles will likely be measured in decades and not years. My vision is that a growing number of citizens in my city of Portland, Oregon will materially diminish their private ownership and use of personal cars in favor of transit, bicycling, walking, and car sharing and ride sharing.