Recently, the Energeia Energy Day took place in the Netherlands; a large annual event for energy professionals, organized by Energeia and FD/BNR Networks. The day contained exciting presentations and discussions, with a wide variety of perspectives on the current and future energy sector. A video compilation of the day is available.
Accenture was represented during the Energy Day by Manon van Beek, country managing director of Accenture Netherlands. She was first interviewed in a podcast by Roelof Hemmen, the Energeia Energy Day event chairman.
Later during the event, Manon van Beek held a presentation where she addressed the importance of innovation in the energy sector. She considers that the energy transition, given its large societal impact, should best take place in a steady fashion with incremental instead of drastic changes. Since startups have become more prominent in exposing the business value of innovations, she advises corporates to seek for ways to collaborate with them to tackle a complex societal issue such as the energy transition.
From left: Michiel Hartman, Frédérique Sanders, Thomas van Dijk
Source: Energeia “Weten wat je wilt, de kans zien en dan erop springen” (see link)
With Manon having set the scene, three innovators introduced themselves: Thomas van Dijk, Michiel Hartman, and Frédérique Sanders. They were first interviewed by the event chairman in a podcast where they talked about drivers, and how they deal with challenging situations. After that, in a Dragons’ Den setting they pitched their initiatives, and answered many tricky questions from both the event chairman and the audience.
The initiative that Accenture is especially proud of and curious about is SunMotion, led by Frédérique Sanders. SunMotion is one of the current Accenture Innovation Awards (AIA) participants in the Climate theme. Every year since 2007, Accenture has been organizing this year-round program to make innovators and investors connect, have them present their disrupting ideas, and gain the support they need to succeed.
Having launched its first prototype about a year ago (June, 2017), SunMotion is novel and is currently gaining market exposure with a beta release. In line with the above-mentioned presentation by Accenture’s country managing director, Manon van Beek, it can become a very promising player in contributing to the innovation required for the energy transition. The benefits that SunMotion presents are important in providing an extra boost in the uptake of solar energy by households and businesses in built environment.
From left: Frédérique Sanders, Roelof Hemmen, Manon van Beek
Bron: Energeia “Energeia Energy Day 2018: de film” (see link)
So far, most people have been using Building Applied (BA) photo-voltaic (PV) panels. These PVs are installed after buildings are designed and constructed. The implication in such cases is that, due to the fixed design and construction of these buildings, it becomes difficult to realize the best possible use of such PV panels. The PVs of SunMotion are not Building Applied but Building Integrated (BI). These PVs are incorporated into the building design and construction or, in case of buildings which are already built, the buildings are retrofitted with these PVs.
SunMotion’s innovative solution is in building upon the standard principle of solar shading. It does so by dynamically letting the solar panels adjust to the position of the sun. What makes it interesting for consumers is not only that this allows the panels to generate electricity, but also that the solar panels can create a very pleasant experience of natural light while they are blocking the sun.
Another advantage of these solar panels is that they are easy to set up. Instead of with all sorts of extra devices and wiring, the panels come with a power plug which can be plugged in a wall socket. Once installed, the electricity it generates is returned to the grid and will lower the electricity bill for the household or business. The panels are stormproof and can be placed on both new and existing buildings, for example, on carports or vacation homes. Finally, and especially important for a sizeable number of consumers is that the panels are aesthetically pleasing; you would hardly notice that you are looking at solar panels.
Author: Thijs Jong
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