Digital Inclusion as a driver of economic growth in South Africa

The far-reaching impact of the Internet since its introduction cannot be denied. It enabled the introduction of a myriad of digital devices that have since progressed society in numerous ways; some anticipated and others not. That progression has enabled many challenges to be overcome while at the same time creating new challenges, like the Digital

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Understanding Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Implications on the Electrical Grid

The threat of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is a matter that isn’t top of mind for most, but is critical in long-term protection and survival of modern electrical grid. So, what is an EMP? An EMP is “an intense burst of electromagnetic energy caused by an abrupt, rapid acceleration of charged particles, usually electrons.”[1] The causes

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Social issues are important too

All year long we believe business needs and social issues should not be mutually exclusive. With another holiday season here, our belief in that concept is underscored. Business models should not only provide positive economic outcomes for our customers, but they should also address social issues in the larger community – especially in underserved populations

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What shaped the industry in 2018?

In January, I shared Delta’s Industry Outlook for 2018 noting changes and innovations that we expected to see shaping our industry. In that post, I wrote about how: The use of asset performance management will continue to grow. Solutions for grid and utility cybersecurity will be top of mind. Emerging technologies like AR will continue

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Augmented Reality for Electrical Utilities

A utility field technician’s day is filled with frequent stopping and starting to access and assess the distribution system—and the utility bears the burden of what happens when resources get stretched too thin. How can it make sure that the right data is available to the right person, in the right format and at the

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Connected Societies

We know that access to the internet has the capability to economically propel communities around the world, as my colleagues previously shared regarding emerging markets and rural America. But how do we take that access and convert it from individual use to a truly connected society? The community in Delft, South Africa provides us with

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Broadband Internet in Rural America

Last summer, our team wrote about the Digital Divide and how the Internet can empower and propel emerging markets. While we’ve seen some progress on connectivity solutions in the past year, there is still a way to go—and it’s not just emerging markets that would benefit from more affordable, reliable internet access. According to the

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Distributed Energy Resources

Distributed Energy Resources (DER) are small, grid-connected devices that locally generate and store electricity. Unlike conventional power stations that require electricity to be transmitted over long distances, DER systems are located close to the load they serve (often behind the meter) and are more modular and flexible. Increasingly operated in the context of a microgrid,

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Convergence has arrived

Convergence is defined as “the merging of distinct technologies, industries, or devices into a unified whole.” The most notable example of convergence in the consumer space is the smart phone. Today’s smart phones paved the way for strategically grouping multiple purposeful products into one exceptionally capable device. Now, instead of having a cell phone, a

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Microgrids are only one piece of the grid resiliency puzzle

The major intention for microgrids, small-scale power grids that can operate independently or in conjunction with an area’s main electrical grid, is that they can power themselves and operate independently in the case of an outage with the central grid. Recently, they have been thrust into the spotlight as a potential solution to add resiliency

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