Energy and digitalization: from centralization to distribution

The digital transformation of energy systems is now a rapidly growing reality. The intensive application of information and communication technologies to energy systems is a trend that allows for increasing advances in the collection of large volumes of data, thanks to the reduction of costs in the sensors and their storage, in their analysis (machine learning), in a greater connectivity between people and devices, as well as in a faster and cheaper data transmission. As a result, the improvement of energy systems in the past decades is accelerating. Investments in digital electrical infrastructure and software are growing at annual rates of 20% in recent years. Energy digitalization is having major impacts on transport, building and industry.

ProCycla has been present today on the ‘Energy and Digital Systems‘, in Sabadell (Barcelona), in which very interesting themes have been revealed in the advances and barriers in the processes of energy digitalization.

As we move towards the electricity grid of the future, micro-networks and distributed generation systems become more important, since they are able to unify small-scale and flexible generation to clean energy and intelligent controls.

While the power grid connects homes, businesses and other buildings to power plants, the micro networks work as small independent electricity networks, with their own generation and storage resources, software and digital solutions, with all that, they can work connected to the main network or not. These systems also facilitate the integration of renewable sources into the network, such as solar, wind or biogas.