How technology is paving the way towards sustainability

Modis Posted 03 August 2022

Health crises, geopolitical conflicts, and the negative impact of climate change have highlighted the need to prioritise sustainability for organisations across every sector. Ensuring the global temperature rise doesn’t go above 1.5°C means achieving net zero emissions by 2050. Reaching that goal will require the adoption of innovative technologies.

Digital transformation is already driving massive advancements in clean energy and transport, utilities management, city infrastructure, agriculture, and building tech. Simply innovating won’t be enough – we need to accelerate the adoption of emerging technologies to secure a smarter, more sustainable future.

Optimising the electric vehicle

The electric vehicle (EV) revolution is here and shows no signs of slowing down, with predictions that the EV market is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate of over 21% between 2022 and 2030. For electric vehicles to become a truly viable alternative to the traditional internal combustion engine vehicle, a robust infrastructure needs to be in place.

Smart charging technology enables consumers to charge during off-peak periods, reducing grid congestion while allowing providers to predict fluctuations in demand. This not only lowers costs for both the consumer and supplier, but it also reduces stress on the grid.

Integrated digital platforms are connecting management systems and assets across EV infrastructures. These platforms harness IoT and AI for real-time monitoring, optimising energy consumption and increasing the reliability, agility, and resilience of the grid. And predictive maintenance through Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT)-enabled monitoring is key in battery life extension, while leveraging data allows for better decision-making in battery maintenance, ensuring the recycling process is simplified and more precise.

Innovation through IoT

IoT is central in the transition to renewables, reduction in energy consumption, and the race towards carbon neutrality. Smart cities are no longer the wave of the future, they’re already here. Motion and acoustic sensors mean cities can dim or brighten lights as needed, real-time data collection and analysis reduces traffic congestion, and in-home sensors drive energy-efficient lighting, heating, and cooling.

Meanwhile, with agriculture irrigation accounting for 70% of global water use, transformative technologies are crucial for this sector to work smarter. IoT-enabled systems allow better, more precise decision making, minimising water, pesticide, and fertiliser use in the industry.

IoT is also transforming power grids. With smart grids, IoT facilitates the immediate transfer of surplus energy to areas where there is a deficit and enables excess energy storage for future use. A grid that can respond to fluctuating demands and optimise energy use is key in reaching sustainability goals.

Smarter utilities

Decentralisation offers more efficient, affordable energy supply. But closing the distance between the energy supply and consumer through decentralisation relies on swift adoption of digital technologies. Harnessing data for risk and consumption prediction, strengthening cybersecurity, and building reliable smart metering systems will be crucial for developing the smart grid of the future.

With more renewable energy sources being added to the grid, alongside rising demand for electricity, the system is becoming increasingly complex. Digital technology that constantly monitors supply and demand and can respond swiftly to extreme weather events is key in ensuring the system runs smoothly.

Smart meters give consumers control over energy consumption and reduce costs through remote monitoring and reading. 5G is further driving grid transformation by addressing the increased complexity of the power grid with greater connectivity across more devices. And AI is being leveraged to further improve the forecasting capabilities of the smart grid, driving down costs and boosting energy efficiency.

Renewables and nuclear

Alongside increased decentralisation and smart grid implementation, we are seeing the emergence of the next-generation power plant. Automated processes are set in motion via digital tools and platforms, driving more precise decision-making capabilities. In-depth, real-time analysis maximises energy production and provides accurate weather and demand forecasting. AI and machine learning enhances engineering and construction of new plants, shortening time to market and increasing production.

The use of digital twins is shaping the power plant of the future. This allows for safer decommissioning of nuclear plants, more effective R&D pre-construction, better risk prediction, and strengthened security. This all leads to new, agile systems with reduced environmental impact that contribute towards a sustainable future.

A sustainable future through technology

As more countries around the globe resolve to reduce emissions, commit to energy transition, and set sustainability goals, adoption of digital technologies will be crucial. From streamlining and accelerating entire processes to driving enhanced predictive maintenance and risk forecasting, we have the opportunity to transform and disrupt. Now is the time to not just be better. Let’s be the best.

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