Digital twin: the living, breathing and failing virtual power plant
The ‘digital twin’ concept promises to create an exact living, breathing and, importantly, failing like-for-like copy of a physical system in digital cyberspace. Patrick Kingsland asks Sham Chotai, chief technology officer at General Electric’s Power & Water about the benefits this could bring to the power industry.
Power infrastructure: who should foot the bill when maintenance fails?
San Diego Gas & Electric wants its ratepayers to cover 90% of the remaining costs it incurred when its fallen power lines caused three major brush fires in 2007, even though state investigations found that poor maintenance caused the power lines to fall. What needs to be established in the wake of a power infrastructure incident to ensure that the cost of failure is distributed fairly?
Here comes the sun: solar power finance for the 21st century
Solar power, along with other renewables, needs better access to finance if it is to meet its potential as a facilitator of decarbonisation and climate change mitigation. But in the 21st century, how are governments and financial institutions approaching the financial challenge of supporting solar energy growth worldwide?
Future Power Technology: Operations & Maintenance Special Issue 13
In this issue: Drax Group in the post-coal future, wind turbine testing in mountainous territory, the cost of maintenance failures, damage sensor for power poles, improving grid access in India, open data for electricity infrastructure improvements, and more.
Building the UK’s electric vehicle infrastructure with POD Point
Ten years ago the notion that electric vehicles (EV) could significantly disrupt the conventional diesel-fuel monopoly of the car market seemed like a pipedream – but that dream is coming close to a reality. Erik Fairbairn, the Founder of UK electric vehicle (EV) charging company POD Point, which recently crowdfunded £9m on Crowd Cube, explains why EVs are about to become the new normal.