According to the Queen’s Speech, the UK government will publish an Energy Bill to help us toward our net zero goals. This is a clear boost for clean, domestically-sourced energy, reduced dependence on fossil fuels and an opportunity for renewable energy generation. Globally, the energy sector is in a unique situation, given the war in Ukraine, rising costs and heightened concerns over climate change. This has created a perfect storm for innovation across the energy sector, and as noted today, we must now increase green forms of energy generation – and this means ensuring sustainable ways of storing and distributing that energy.

Intelligent, connected systems are at the core of the energy sector’s transformation – namely microgrids, powered by modern cellular communication. Paul Bullock, Group Head of MVNO, Wireless Logic has made the following comments on the how the IoT is enabling intelligent energy generation, storage and distribution.

“In this new era for energy production and management, the microgrid will become more prevalent. Batteries will become smarter, and energy will be traded between properties more often. A property fitted with solar panels could, for example, trade the energy it stores during the day to be used by properties that need it during the night. Smart meters, connected via the IoT, are a critical part of this ecosystem, providing feedback on consumption patterns and supporting predictive modelling. Connectivity is an essential enabler of such a renewable energy model.

“The smooth-running of such systems depend on a range of operational factors. Installations of this type are long-term and often international. Providers therefore need the ability to change mobile network operator over time. eSIM technology, with the right service provider, offers this flexibility through the capability of provisioning over-the-air to switch network provider as required. Redundancy capability is another important consideration.

“Whole industries have been transformed by smart connected technology and we will see innovation in the energy sector rapidly accelerate with increased investment and focus from government. The IoT is an enabler of intelligent energy generation, storage and distribution. Smart energy infrastructure is a developing market, but the right cellular IoT connectivity can provide security and resilience as well as reliable data transfer to support a digitised energy system.”