Posts Tagged ‘smart grid


We’re living electric times

P1160966Our first day in Berlin, on August 15th…early rise in Ddorf, first outbound flight, landing in Berlin at the crack of dawn, impact with its 37°C…

So to take things a bit comfortably in the evening, we decided to go electric when heading to the Waldbuehne concert.

Indeed…many things are becoming electric…for instance, electric things brought MeinMann to Leeds…

So let’s take the positive side of it!


now or never!!

Berlin citizens had this idea of buying their own electric power network. Also residents from other cities can participate to BEB’s bid to buy back the network from Vattenfall. We are going to follow this initiative very closely…


Sixth wave: building up!

Welche Länder bei der Elektromobilität führen (Electric Vehicle Index, in Prozent)

Source: McKinsey via


now, get smarter

With the referendum Italians gave a clear direction in energy policy. Now we should get down to work and re-direct those funds initially intended for the nuclar sector for renewables but most of all for the smart grid.

Without smart grid there’s no way to implement successfully a geographically-dispersed energy production, be it from wind, solar or geothermical power.

Today in Rome there is an important Smart Grid Forum. Hopefully Italy will reap the benefits of being ahead of the curve on smart metering (we’re world leaders in that sector!) and be a real kick starter at the European level of a new energy policy. We will see. MeinMann is participating and will tell me about it…:)


The China syndrome

Do you remember the movie “The China syndrome”? As the IMDB explains, the title refers to the concept that, if an American nuclear plant melts down, the core will melt through the Earth until it reaches China. China is simply a popular metaphor, as the opposite side of the globe from the USA is actually the Indian Ocean.

Apart from movie memorabilia today the Italian press is as usual in polemics top gear and does not provide information. The New York Times tries to explain the foggy issues surrounding Fukushima’s nuclear power station and at least illustrates how a reactor of that type is constructed. In Germany the debate is going strong too. We will see how the elections will reflect that in a few months. We keep on following the Japanese developments on IAEA and In the meantime it is not clear if the Japanese government is minimizing the risks. Banks, lawyer firms are already planning to move staff to Continental Asia.

In these days I’m living compounded memories of two disasters which hit North Eastern Italy. The 1976 earthquake. We were kids and the scare was such that for a whole year, throughout the chilly winter, we kept doors wide opened at our school because all pupils were still scared and claustrophobic and could not concentrated with closed doors. Leaves and dust storming into the classroom.

And Chernobyl. Ten years later, April 1986, preparing the matura. In Friuli the authorities took radical measures from day 2. Milk, greens, dairy products, fruit were immediately forbidden. Citizens were recommended to always have an umbrella ready. We were scared of rain. For one year we ate only vegetables growing underground such as carrots and potatoes, the only cheeses on sale were parmigiano and seasoned cheeses, made with pre-Chernobyl milk. And nevertheless, now thyroid problems score high in our region. Still all the prevention which could be done, was enforced.

Preparedness is never enough. And nuclear reactors can hit also thousands of kilometers away from the core. The China syndrome is closer that you think.


Berlin – less poor and still sexy?

A few monts ago I read a McKinsey Germany very detailed report on the prospects for business in Berlin for the horizon 2020. A series of issues, still lingering, were highlighted. But also a number of thriving industries which could go from being the exception to becoming the norm. Continue reading ‘Berlin – less poor and still sexy?’


Energy changes against climate change!

Yesterday we participated to a meeting organized by iMille, a group of PD party members – the majority of which lives and works abroad – trying to get things moving in Italy. Continue reading ‘Energy changes against climate change!’

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