Digitalisation Special Issue
Published June 2020 – 68 pages of expert articles 

David Weston, Editor, FORESIGHT Climate & Energy

Special issue: Digitalisation and the energy transition

Digitalisation is happening all around us and particularly in the energy arena. The role of digitisation and the business models this creates will have a significant impact on the energy transition and change how our systems operate. Can digitalisation help break down of silos across the energy spectrum—and beyond? Using real world case studies look at where digital products are already making an impact and providing glimpses of tomorrow’s energy markets, FORESIGHT Climate & Energy will close the gap between digital expertise and power sector know-how. 

To aid digitalisation, we need to measure energy in the right way. Basing all the calculations on “primary energy use” fails to take account of the fact you cannot measure heat and electricity in the same way. 


Artificial Intelligence 

Artificial intelligence is being used to help manage and control grid systems in smarter ways to maximise the potential of clean energy generation effectively. Ultimately, AI could mean the end of needing baseload thermal generation but with it comes questions around security—both grid reliability & cyber. 


In 2016, the energy sector came alive with talk of blockchain. This was the technology that was going to democratise the industry, power peer-to-peer trading and bring savings (or riches) to everyone. Fast-forward half a decade and not only have none of those promises come true, but blockchain is rarely mentioned. 

Is blockchain a failed experiment? Or is it just making its way quietly along the hype cycle? Blockchain may still have role in growing the business of energy trading and how it facilitates the operation of power exchanges.

A recent spate of new and innovative digital products are helping increase the uptake of microgrid projects across the globe, particularly in urban areas. Neighbours can efficiently and effectively trade energy, storage capacity and demand flexibility. But this affects how transmission and distribution system operators manage their grids. 

Digitalisation offers a shortcut for emerging markets to make rapid gains in the energy transition. Technology is transforming energy and climate strategies in Africa and Asia.

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Print issue: 1 July 2021.
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Be relevant to speeding up the energy transformation, to making it affordable, or to mitigating and adapting to the damaging effects of climate change

Respond with a solution or partial answer to a challenge or barrier slowing the energy transition

Set the agenda for the next steps to be taken in the energy transformation by decision makers in government, business, international bodies and civil society

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“It seems that everyone has the same idea of how the future energy world will look like – it will be decarbonized, decentral and, of course, digital. Is this a likely outcome? Probably yes. But does it mean that we can sit and wait for this transformation to happen? Definitely no. To drive the energy transition forward, we need to carefully consider the evolving needs of our customers, sharpen our strategy and develop innovative products and solutions. We can only achieve that if we broaden our horizons and collaborate. I strongly believe that only together, we can seize opportunities, propel progress and drive sustainable transformation. The FORESIGHT platform is an excellent space to foster dialogue with other change makers and take a collective action.

Derk Swider,
Vice President Foresight & Analytics, E.ON SE

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