GE's Sylvester says that we have arrived at a moment in energy change

Maryrose Sylvester, the fast-rising GE executive who is now president and CEO of Current, Powered by GE, has posted an interesting essay on LinkedIn. Sylvester says that society has arrived at a significant moment in terms of energy generation, usage, and management.

GE's Sylvester says that we have arrived at a moment in energy change
GE's Sylvester says that we have arrived at a moment in energy change

Maryrose Sylvester, the fast-rising GE executive who is now president and CEO of Current, Powered by GE, has posted an interesting essay on LinkedIn. Sylvester says that society has arrived at a significant moment in terms of energy generation, usage, and management. She projects that it will be transformational on a scale from individual households to entire countries.

The moment is being enabled by the convergence of a number of disparate factors and elements, and energy-efficient LED lighting is key among those. In fact, Sylvester even references Haitz's Law that charts the exponential improvements delivered by LED technology.

Still, energy efficiency is only one element, albeit an important one. There are other factors such as the granularity of generation that's being enabled by lower-cost solar. Of course, energy-efficient LEDs have made solar more effective as well.

And it's really the move toward the Internet of Things (IoT), or what Sylvester calls the Industrial Internet, that will interconnect the disparate elements and bring about the systematic advantages.

Like many speakers at the recent Strategies in Light conference, Sylvester points out that 2 billion lighting endpoints in the US alone provide a great place to realize a networked future. But the data analytics task will be enormous. Very interesting read.

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