While in the past that might have been business as usual when it comes to powering cities, transport or industry, but not any more. Like nearly every aspect of life these days, the electricity sector faces major disruption as we increasingly embrace technology, renewables and new business models.
In fact the power sector has entered a major period of transformation that promises to upend everything from electricity generation, distribution and supply to the way homes, factories, offices and even mines access, use and engage with it.
Some of the major trends reshaping the power industry in the next decade include digital technologies, decarbonisation, increased electrification, micro grids, clean sourcing from solar, wind or waves, energy storage and smarter infrastructure. And that’s just for starters.
All of that is very exciting of course, but like any disruption it brings both opportunities and some tough challenges. One of the biggest issues for everyone involved, from consumers to big companies to industry professionals like me, is keeping on top on all this rapid change.
That’s one of the reasons Arcadis has established an Industry & Power Group to fast track and nurture specialized knowledge and expertise internationally. The other reason is that as a truly global company working on some of the biggest and most innovative built asset projects we’re constantly engaged with power and energy issues both in cities and more remote areas.
It’s also timely. If the power market is undergoing major change so is Australia and the wider Asia Pacific region as urbanization accelerates, economies continue to shift to meet new realities, trade expands and technology puts continued pressures on how we work and live.
For us at Arcadis this means taking a much broader approach to helping our clients-be it remote mines, intelligent freeways, smart city housing or a state of the art factory-find sustainable solutions that not only work today, but long in to the future.
To get there we not only have to continue to challenge ourselves, but the people, companies and organizations we work with everyday.
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