innogy: Driving the transition to electric vehicles

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Dr Norbert Verweyen, CTO eMobility, innogy SE
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Currently, the majority of industry players are all thinking about and working towards the same goal; the energy transition. From changing business models and policy shifts to technological advancements in power generation and storage, gas and renewable energy players are all keen to achieve the climate change goals set.

With ‘The Future of Energy @EAGC’ Conference launching this year at the European Autumn Gas Conference, Gastech Insights was keen to gain a brand-new perspective on the industry. Read the interview below to see what Dr Norbert Verweyen, CTO eMobility at innogy SE has to say about innovation within the energy sector.

Gastech Insights: How is innogy driving innovation within the energy sector?

Dr. Norbert Verweyen: With its three business segments - Grid & Infrastructure, Retail and Renewables - Innogy addresses the requirements of a modern, decarbonised, decentralised and digital energy world. Our activities focus on our 23 million customers, and on offering them innovative and sustainable products and services which enable them to use energy more efficiently and improve their quality of life. We combine the extensive expertise of our energy technicians and engineers with that of digital technology partners, from start-ups to major corporations.

Gastech Insights: You are the CTO of the eMobility division, could you tell us a bit more about what you think are the next opportunities for the sector?

Dr. Norbert Verweyen: The roll-out of charging infrastructure will progress with the rising number of EV registrations. Today we help businesses and individuals in the transition to electric vehicles. We advise them and deliver and install the hardware and with our IT services we ensure that the charging stations are operational and we provide eco-power if needed; we offer the full package. For other utility companies, we have a strong white-label offering.

Gastech Insights: What would you say are the key challenges for the transport industry in the shift to a low-carbon economy?

Dr. Norbert Verweyen: We are experiencing a historic revolution in mobility, and at the same time, the energy sector is in transition.

Gastech Insights: Where do you see your business in the next 5-10 years?

Dr. Norbert Verweyen: We will provide full-service throughout the electric mobility eco-sphere. In five years’ time, the segment of IT services such as load management, vehicle-to-grid functionalities and energy management will have become even more important than it is today. Data business, data analytics and the link to the IoT world are exciting developments we see in the near future.

Gastech Insights: You will be speaking on the Future of Energy @EAGC programme next November, what do you expect the outcomes of the event to be?

Dr. Norbert Verweyen: In the ‘Future of Energy’ Programme at 2018’s EAGC, I believe it is important to highlight that charging an electric vehicle has to be easy and it has to happen seamlessly, wherever the EV driver parks. This happens at home, at work and in public spaces. We operate in every field and hope to find new roaming partners to share our vision of an electric mobility world with smart charging and integration of renewable energy.

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