Tech Giants Team Up to Promote Smart City Vision

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Renewable energy asset management technology specialist Envision Energy has launched a new initiative to help accelerate the digitalisation of the clean energy transition.

The company late last week unveiled the Energy Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart City Technology Alliance, alongside Microsoft, Accenture and ARM. The group said it hopes to see more firms join the alliance at a later date.

The aim of the initiative is to make it easier to “unify the distributed and fragmented renewable energy space” through digital and smart technologies that integrate with renewable generation systems.

Envision Energy said the alliance would help integrate a range of different technologies that are currently being used to optimise renewables projects, such as wind and solar farms.

For example, Envision’s EnOS IoT platform helps developers operate and manage renewables assets, while Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Platform provides data storage and computing power, and Accenture’s Enterprise Service provides firms with application integration services

Envision said it was also intending to work with ARM technology to collect data from physical assets.

“[The Alliance’s] work positions the members at the forefront of the energy transition by seeking more efficient networks that interconnect buildings, industry parks, vehicles, power generation plants, electric distribution, storages and end-user consumptions that help make cities ‘smart’,” the group said.

Envision founder and CEO Lei Zhang said the group provided further evidence that the “old energy paradigm is breaking down and will be replaced by a new era of energy”.

“Envision is leading a global energy technology revolution in an open and collaborative way,” he said. “The purpose of this alliance is to accelerate the digital transition and solve challenges through great team work. Together we are dedicated to making the new era of beautiful energy a near-term reality.”

The group added that it would help deliver an increase in smart grid R&D and industry standardisation that would aid the deployment of smart city technologies.