Internet + Digital Technologies = Internet of Things . Internet of Things + Renewables = Internet of Energy

How the fast Internet development, the emerging digital technologies and the pressure for renewable energy sources are making possible the transition from the Internet of Things to the Internet of Energy


The two revolutionary phenomena of the 21st century are the Internet development and a progressively carbon-free global energy system (in particular, after the 2015 G7 that committed to eliminate fossil fuels by 2100). With Internet of Things (the connection between a smartphone or other mobile device, that sends inputs Internet to things, such as, for example, the refrigerator or the washing machine or the lights at home, and much more), these two phenomena quickly converge to “Internet of Energy “, that is the transformation of the way we produce, distribute and consume energy: the few large power plants give way to millions of small units, such as wind turbines and solar panels. Today there is a new class of prosumer, who produce and consume, but they sell and buy electricity at the same time. And things will happen.


Soaring global demand for clean energy

More than 1 billion people live without electricity, according to a UN report. Universal access to electricity is a moral duty. Since the world population is expected to increase by almost 2 billion people by 2040, this growth will mainly take place in developing countries, with a surge of 80% of global production of electricity by 2040. That trend will start not only because of the increasing demand of developing countries, but also because of the huge increasing demand depending on the technology: think about all chargers in the world for smartphones, tablets, electronic cigarettes, and so on (according to Cisco, it is estimated that there will be 50 billion devices in the world by 2020!). We have also to take account the transport sector: traffic-related emissions are about 60% higher than those ones of 1990, due to the increase in the number of vehicles (only in China, this number has more than quadrupled in the last decade, with about 200 million vehicles!).


Artificial Intelligence and Big Data

Just few years ago, it seemed like science fiction: indeed, artificial intelligence is already transforming the energy sector. The algorithms automatically analyze wide series of data, environmental conditions and components in order to regulate, for example, gas turbines. There are quantum computers that use subatomic particles and exploit their quantum properties for storing and processing data.


The path of renewable, climate-neutral energy sources is more than mandatory! The value of the energy system grows when a simple electric network evolves into a complete energy network, where the surplus of electricity can provide the source of other energy in another sector. When electricity is converted into heat or serves to provide mobility, it is used to produce methane or hydrogen.

Technologies and networks are making possible that the infrastructures will quite to transmit and distribute electricity and will start to develop into a new network that changes the world: the Internet of Energy.


Edoardo Magnotta

Senior Marketing and Commercial executive with P&L responsibility and extensive knowledge of Marketing Innovation, Digital Transformation and International Corporate and Business Development processes. Wide use of events and strategic partnerships aimed at communication, marketing and business development. Ability in leading big organizations and SMEs through fast turnaround, together with leadership able to inspire teams. Proven ability to design and successfully execute corporate development strategies, and deliver sustainable growth within International, multiethnic competitive environments. Ability to design and execute Digital Marketing and Social Media Strategies, even with the use of innovative marketing tools. Detail-oriented without losing focus. Ability in multi-tasking and in managing overloading through deadlines. Strong motivation to relocate abroad. Social commitment. Fluent knowledge of English and French. Book published by Routledge-Taylor & Francis on “Digital disruption in Marketing and Communication: a strategic and organizational approach” based on 4 case histories. Personal blog:

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  • Franca Colozzo

    While appreciating your beautiful article, I sometimes wonder if technology has made us more or less slaves. Certainly compared to objects and the real world (machinery, automation, smartphones, computers, etc.), we are much easier than in the past. And yet I seem to understand that, despite all this, something is not right. I am talking in particular about the control we are subjected to and our inability to be subjugated by an iphone for example. The real world, submerged by an evanescent cloud of news studied by the few rich and powerful of the world, seems to escape us more and more replaced by the virtual one. So even important issues like peace in Syria, Palestine, Kashmir, Yemen, Libya, etc., seem to slip away overwhelmed by the quicksand of ephemeral norizie, like what Henry does in Canada.
    Unfortunately, I am afraid that the spell of new technologies cannot overcome the gap that exists in the world today between the very rich and the very poor. Where will the education of the new generations go next? Glued on an iPghone or projected towards knowledge? This is my biggest dilemma!

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