Envision aims to link up all world energy
San Francisco — Envision Energy, one of the world’s largest wind turbine makers, has bigger ambitions.
CEO Lei Zhang laid out a vision for a global "ecosystem" of energy in which solar and wind farms, power plants, utilities, big electricity customers and all of the application and software developers that support them are connected to each other on a single, digital platform. And of course, Envision would supply the platform.
The company wants to serve as an "enabler", Zhang said in San Francisco, where he announced an alliance with companies including Microsoft and Accenture that will promote digitalisation in the energy industry. The system is about "connecting so many assets around the world so that any application developer can plug in like the Apple Store", Zhang said. "We’re helping them reach more customers."
Envision has offered a platform for power generators for years as part of its digital-services unit.
Developers that have linked to it include Sonnen and AutoGrid. The system already manages about 100GW of power resources, with the majority of that being wind, solar and storage resources, according to Zhang.