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The Impacts of Technology in the Energy Industry

The wind sector is a magical and vast world. It usually involves both old-school and new-school sources, such as solar and offshore wind energy.

Today, the energy industry is in the midst of the technological revolution. From IoT (internet of things) to blockchain, energy technology is having its day in the sun, and now it is crystal clear that they are transforming the whole industry through the following ways:

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  1. Compliance and Safety

An obvious area, which is developing because of the cloud is in compliance and safety. Some cloud-based forums offer a few health, sustainability, safety, and environmental solutions to their partners and customers to deal with their matters. These solutions help most energy companies, like those offering natural gas and electrical energy services.

The environmental solutions also gather information in different areas, including greenhouse gases, emission inventory, compliance, and permit management.

2. Maintenance

Manual maintenance of big pipeline networks and grids is expensive and cumbersome work. Checking pipes for corrosion or leaks needs a lot of resources. However, digital technology is making preventive maintenance simple for energy firms. For instance, a corrosion system integrated with IoT technology includes sensors, which put minimal voltage to protect pipes from corrosion.

Energy firms may also gather information from these sensors to see and analyze whether there are potential issues. Unexpected peaks in data may show potential problems, like excavator attacks that can be dangerous to pipes. Detecting such problems in real-time will be very important.

3. Storage of Energy

According to Deloitte’s Outlook on Renewable Energy, wind and solar energy are considered viable replacements for fuel sources, especially when incorporated with adequate storage solutions. However, among the challenges in the energy industry is the cost of storage.

Since lithium-ion batteries’ total costs have been reduced by more than 72%, most countries and states have improved energy storage deployment. By the end of this year, energy storage will become even more cost-competitive.

4. Energy Production

Technological advancements have permeated the production of energy in different ways for the past few years. This has encouraged development because of accelerated production at a lower cost. For instance, the production phase of gas and oil used to be a resource sink. Now, the total costs associated with the production have decreased, all thanks to an upending tool and advanced drilling method.

In gas exploitation, advanced drilling methods have also allowed significant savings by encouraging growth and reduce expenses.

5. Transactive Energy

This covers the aspects of economics and control of energy exchange between two distributed devices. When these devices get connected to the network, they’ll communicate with one another to get or offer energy from other gadgets.

These transactions may be done with surrounding neighbors or in the meter. Two-way meters are needed to record and monitor energy flow, while transactions will be logged through novel methods, like blockchain.

Concluding Remarks!

Technological developments are quickly presenting people with solutions to their main issues faced in the energy industry. The positive effects are cutting across consumption, distribution, and energy production on small and large scales.

Frontier and emerging markets are also in the throes of growth and in dire need of electrical energy to carry out their daily routines. Soon enough, almost all sectors will depend on electrical power, thanks to technological development impacts in the energy industry.

Johnny J. Hernandez
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