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Chief Architect, Technology and Innovation for IBM Australia
Chris is the Chief Architect, Technology and Innovation for IBM Australia. He has a PhD in Cryptography, has over 30 referred journals and conference papers, and several invention disclosures. His projects have primarily included emerging technology solutions in Smart Grids and Telecommunications.
See the discussions that took place during IBM's panel session 'Smart grid research around the world'
This panel session was focused on Smart Grid research and deployment developments around the world. Access this valuable session and understand why collaboration on research projects is critical.
Energising an industry
For decades, power was something the average person did not think much about... until it went out. And then it was all you thought about... until it came back. Not any more. "Climate change, rising energy prices and technology advances are all forces that have been reshaping the collective mindset of consumers, turning many from "passive ratepayers" to highly informed, environmentally conscious customers who want a role in using power and creating sustainable energy. And now, with the emergence of technologies such as smart meters, that make smart grids possible, companies can provide their customers with the information and control they need to actually change their behaviour patterns and reduce usage and costs.
Today's power grids were developed at a time when power was cheap, the environment wasn't an issue and the consumer wasn't part of the equation. They were centralised, closely managed and supplied by a relatively small number of large power plants. The inefficiencies in our current grids are systemic. With little or no intelligence to balance loads and monitor power flows, every year grids around the world lose enough electricity to power India, Germany and Canada. In fact, Up to 10% of the energy we generate never reaches a single light bulb.
Entering the digital age
IBM is helping utilities add a layer of digital intelligence to their grids. These smart grids use sensors, smart meters, digital controls and analytic tools to automate, monitor and control the two-way flow of energy across operations-from power plant to plug. A power company can optimise grid performance, prevent outages, restore outages faster and allow consumers to manage energy usage right down to the individual networked appliance. "Smart" grids can also incorporate new sustainable energies such as wind and solar generation, and interact locally with distributed power sources, or plug-in electric vehicles.
See how an approach to energy innovation and collaboration is reducing greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining the most basic building block of human development: safe, sustainable, dependable, available and cost-effective power. Click here