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The Digitalization of Energy: from Local Solutions to Transforming the Industry
5 October 2018
10:00—11:15
KEY CONCLUSIONS
The digitization of energy is the key to its successful development and security

Digitization is an incredible challenge and an incredible opportunity for all of humanity. It is relevant to all areas, not least energy, given that energy is a very modern industry; by that I mean electricity, oil, gas, and coal — Alexey Texler, First Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation.

It is interesting that the word ‘security’ has never been mentioned in this panel, when digital transformation, in my view, can produce fundamental effects in terms of predictive analytics of accidents, and creates the possibility of simply eliminating human involvement from the most dangerous chains in the production process — Andrey Belevtsev, Director of Digital Transformation Direction, PJSC Gazprom Neft.

The state plays a key role in the process of the digitalization of industry

The state is a regulator on the market, and it sets the main parameters of its architecture. If we believe that digitalization is a manifestation of the impending industrial revolution, then we understand that in addition to shifting technology packages that we use in production, we will have to change the architecture of the market, the positions of participants, and corporate organization — Vladimir Knyaginin, Vice President of the Strategic Research Centre Foundation.

The place and role of the state is extremely important, especially in those areas that are regulated, and the new opportunities that appear in the state can also either give this process significant momentum, or slow down the process. Here we need correct, considered decisions — Alexey Texler, First Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation.

ISSUES
Impossibility of making accurate forecasts

The biggest problem right now is that we are not able to give a forecast of consumption. We do not know whether the digital economy increases energy consumption or reduces it — Dmitry Peskov, Director, Young Professionals Department, Agency for Strategic Initiatives to Promote New Projects (Agency for Strategic Initiatives).

Data breaches

Any data ownership raises the question of how this data is protected. As soon as each corporation, even a large one, builds its isolated data storage and management system, it must protect every section of its perimeter — Kirill Komarov, General Director, State Space Corporation ROSCOSMOS.

SOLUTIONS
Scaling up successful practices

A fundamentally important thing is the movement of small companies, that, with large players, are carrying out experiments within the framework of the ‘EnergyNet’ roadmap, and testing these solutions; this is the route from the bottom. There are already a fair number of experiments; conclusions can be drawn, and the time has come to scale up these decisions — Dmitry Peskov, Director, Young Professionals Department, Agency for Strategic Initiatives to Promote New Projects (Agency for Strategic Initiatives).

Permanent development and training

As soon as you give yourself a clear definition, you are limiting your development. In today’s world, when we have all the innovations readily available, the definitions of many things do not need to be given. We must grab hold of the trend and live in it. Understand that it allows one to get more comfortable market positions, increase one’s productivity and efficiency and move around in it — Pavel Livinsky, Chairman of the Management Board, PAO Rosseti.

We began to focus on creating a platform for creating large R&D IT centres. In order to do this, we not only changed our regulatory framework, introduced new terminology and therefore made it possible to do this, we also connected our Skoltech to this — Oleg Dubnov, Vice President, Executive Director, Cluster of Energy Efficient Technologies, Skolkovo Foundation.

Cooperation between market players

No company, even one as large as ours, is unlikely to be able to independently create a completely isolated system that would collect, store, distribute, and process such data and maintain this entire system at a respectable level technologically, especially with an eye to the future — Kirill Komarov, General Director, State Space Corporation ROSCOSMOS.

Focus on reliability and security of new digital solutions

When effecting the transformation, it is very important to carry it out in such a way that during the transformation, one doesn’t make a mess of things, because any innovations that will be carried out cannot be implemented without investments. The question is the scale of these investments — Boris Ayuyev, Chairman of the Board, System Operator of the United Power System.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS