It is a truth universally acknowledged that billions of people around the world live in poverty. But does it have to be that way? Today’s technological progress means that tomorrow we will be able to produce more, more efficiently – lifting people above the breadline with accelerated economic growth all around the world. Key to these efforts are smart buildings.
Big claims from the CEO of a major European utility often make headlines, especially so when doused in jeopardy. Recent statements from Ignacio Galan, the man at the helm of Spanish giant Ibedrola, that ‘Enron-style collapses’ could be around the corner in the renewables industry were certainly noticed. But how much of this is true, and how much could be attributed to a large incumbent trying to scare smaller, newer companies away from the sector?
Germany has long been lauded for its Energiewende policy, but its achievement in facilitating renewables has been somewhat tainted by a continuing reliance on coal-fired power. With the German General Election coming up on the 24th September, there are some soundings that the relationship with coal is about to change, but not everyone is convinced.
Unlike most industries, ransomware is not the biggest threat facing critical infrastructure facilities today. The vast majority of attacks carried out against such facilities are sponsored by nation-states that are much harder to detect and have more dangerous goals than just making a quick buck.
Coming from an all-girls school in the late 80s, I don’t think many would have expected me to embark on a career in manufacturing and engineering, never mind take on a role like the Director of Manufacturing for a global power company like Aggreko.
The head of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers’ energy department is eager to see what Theresa May’s government’s much awaited industrial strategy has in store for the energy sector, given the lack of clarity in recent years, and how it will be viewed in engineering circles.