Is your smartphone your worst nemesis?
The message is clear, “operate through your Smartphone, it is safe”.
I was traveling in Ireland at that time and all the sudden, no more phone, no more online boarding pass, no more money, no more [cyber] life….
It took me two months fighting with their mind-boggling call centre powered by Artificial non-Intelligent bots to get a new number, and then another two to go through all the admin work necessary to re-establish the broken relationships with my suppliers.
In January, the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos’ phone was hacked. I shiver at the thought of all the harm that could be done by unscrupulous hoaxers. Use your Smartphone, but with moderation, and always keep a backup up to date at hand.
VC-A and TGC launch an investment platform in Spain
Our ambition is to use EMBLITAM as one of TGC's investment vehicle in Europe and convert it into a Direct Lending Fund "de facto".
EMBLITAM is initally capitalised with a €20 million line of surety bonds to secure photovoltaic projects in Spain
The team is completed by Mr José Vicente (VC-A Associate Director) as company Secretary.
Mr. José Vicente is promoted to Associate Director
Mr. Vicente is an expert in renewable energies and energy efficiencies. He used to work for Gestamp Solar and is a serial entrepreneur having co-founded Alisios Energy, Home Hotel Energy, Gest-Oil, Energio Sparado and Cefene Servicios Energéticos.
Mr. Vicente owns a Master in Commercial and Marketing Management by CESMA Business school in Madrid, an Executive Master in Project Management by the University of Valencia and graduated as a Marine Engineer from ETSI Navales, which is part of the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid.
Ms. Marina Kwok joins as Associate Director
Ms. Kwok is a strategist based in Hong Kong. She used to work for LexisNexis, American Express, HSBC and was trained at Accenture in the US and the UK.
Ms. Kwok owns an MBA from HKUST Business School, did her exchange at the London Business School and has got a bachelor degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US.
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Energy storage. Is it the panacea?
But is going hybrid the right thing to do?Traditional power generation systems offer two major deficiencies. On one hand, most don’t deal with overcapacity productions. Wind energy generated overnight, solar energy produced over the weekends or during holiday periods and even nuclear energy produced in excess of the demand is just squandered.
On the other hand, traditional energy storage systems are inefficient. Until recently, the only way to store energy was to pump water during the nadir of electricity demand into vats placed in heights to store potential energy and then, let the water fall on turbines to recover it during peak consumption times.
However, new hybrid cars and boats offer nowadays a double benefit. Not only thermal engines’ losses due to revving and braking are reduced, but also, part of the energy necessary to voluntarily reduce speed is stored and reused to optimize fuel consumption at cruise speed.
Therefore, using these kinds of new hybrid technologies to store energy that otherwise would have been wasted, makes undoubtedly sense.
Unfortunately, not everything can be improved with hybrid systems.
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Is Hong Kong on its knees?
As I write those words, rapidly expanding coronavirus is the 2020 breakthrough news from Asia. Entire cities are quarantined, people flow is controlled, international transports are cancelled.
Despite all those unfortunate events, the city did not cripple – many workers are currently working via their ‘digital office’ wherease pupils and students are attending school online.
Digital transformation must be on every organization’s agenda, regardless of their size.
How is your digital journey going on? Are you feeling confident that you have the right team in place?
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