Thorsten Heller, the CEO of smart grid solutions firm Greenbird has highlighted the six key trends associated with grid edge during a discussion hosted by Smart Energy International .

Meanwhile, Kurt Michel, senior vice president of marketing at IoT solutions firm Veea, who was also part of the discussion provided some further recommendations to help utilities simplify grid edge initiatives. The key trends include:

1. Utility companies are now aware of grid edge and associated operational benefits.

Compared to a year ago, grid edge has become instrumental for utilities to achieve grid modernisation, digital transformation, consumer services improvement and energy transition goals, according to Heller. He said: “Many utilities now understand grid edge in a different way than last year, they thought it was technology or assets at the edge of the network. Now utilities are aware that grid edge is the holistic view of the network.” When talking about grid edge, utilities are now referring to data, analytics and the intelligence of the grid.

2. Utilities are taking ownership of the grid edge

A year ago, utilities talked about deploying grid edge devices and have them managed by third parties. This has changed as utilities are now taking ownership of the grid edge. They are viewing grid edge as both an opportunity and a threat hence have become hesitant to leave grid edge in the hands of third parties fearing losing […]

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