Although the smart meter (SM) technology was developed in the 1970s, the large-scale rollout of these devices (basically, an electronic meter that also monitors and records the energy consumption, while transmitting the data in almost real time to the utility company) took place only in the 2000s, following the cellphone networks’ maturity in most of the developed countries.
The clean energy transition and the geopolitics of technology metals
Hardly anything has been more emboldening in the ongoing “clean energy transition” than the solid learning curves of batteries and main renewable energy technologies over the past decade or so, as well as the upbeat forecasts of their continued expansion. Wind turbines, PV panels and hi-power batteries are pillars of the transition to clean electricity generation and low-emission transports. Confidence in their future costs reductions is paramount for both investors and policy makers. But while such investments are expected to grow massively in the coming years, constraints of a different kind will have to be kept in mind. ... See MoreSee Less
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