Friday, 18 January 2013

The fossilization of networks


Facebook’s release of a voice call service via its iPhone app is the latest in a string of ‘over-the-top’ telecoms services. They follow a common pattern:

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Electricity markets for everybody – really everybody

At the Local Sustainabilty conference in Freiburg last October, I met Drs. Hugo Niesing of Resourcefully, who was speaking about experiences with smart energy technology in ports and harbours – places where heavy and intermittent industrial energy demand is located close to the point of delivery of offshore renewable power.

Later, he told me about energy management on a more modest scale: about his domestic electricity supply arrangements, which are quite different from what most people in the ‘developed world’ have. Hugo has 4kW of photovoltaic generation capacity on the roof of his boat. Yes, Hugo lives on a houseboat, in the old harbour area of Amsterdam.