Smart Buildings

The Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF): Interview with Frits Bliek, Technical Director

The Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF) is set to revolutionise the power industry, and open up the smart and renewable technology markets. The open framework is designed to accelerate the development of smart energy products, services and solutions for large-scale implementation of Smart Grids. As the opportunities to use and store energy are increasing, a new smart energy market is developing. Below is our Interview with USEF Technical Director, Frits Bliek. What were the key triggers for this collection of companies to spin off from the Smart Energy Collective to create the Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF)? USEF was born out of the observation that our energy system is rapidly changing at the moment. Consider the wind turbines arising in the fields, the growing popularity of rooftop solar, and the increasing number of energy technologies present in modern homes, such as heat pumps and fuel cells, all allowing people to generate their own power. People […]

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