The International Energy Research Centre held their 2015 conference in Cork on Wednesday 13th May. The International Energy Research Centre (IERC) (http://www.ierc.ie/) is an industry led, world-leading, collaborative programme of research and innovation in integrated sustainable energy system technologies. The yearly conference brings together members from the energy industry, policy makers as well as academic researchers within the energy domain to discuss emerging trends and examine medium- and long-term future trends within the domain.
Paul Malone of TSSG spoke at the IERC debate entitled “The Internet of Energy Things will deliver a Secure, Cheap and Sustainable Energy Future”. Four speakers, two for and two against the motion, gave a five-minute pitch and then took questions form the audience. Paul was on the “against” side and his argument revolved around the security issues still inherent within the emerging Internet of Things paradigm. Although the arguments were strong from both sides, it was agreed almost unanimously among the audience that the motion was largely aspirational and should be amended to indicate this “The Internet of Energy Things will can deliver a Secure, Cheap and Sustainable Energy Future”. And that there were multiple caveats that need to be considered before this can be realised.