In this episode of #LØRN, Silvija talks to the CEO of Zaptec, Anders Thingbø, about future-oriented charging. Zaptec has established themselves as a leader within intelligent charging stations for electric cars. In the episode, Anders tells about the change of power he sees in the energy sector from the electricity companies to the private sector, how to become a world leader in smart charging systems for electric cars, and what the cause of "cloud" has on the electricity bill. Anders holds a Master in Finance and Business Administration and throughout his professional career, he has focused on leadership and profitable growth in innovative and sustainable companies with strong brands.
What are you doing at work?
As the CEO in a small and fast-growing tech company I remove clutter so that we can grow and I influence the direction of the company. Now, I focus on establishing our own subsidiary in Stockholm.
What are the most important concepts in energy technology?
Electric vehicles-owners demand fast, cost effective and accessible charging and energy solutions, so it’s important to be able to meet these demands. I think that power balancing and bidirectional flow of energy between the car battery and the house/grid are important concepts.
Why is it exciting?
People will have a safer access to electricity and be more conscious to energy usage in the future.
What do you think are the most interesting controversies?
The shift of power in the energy sector. The decisions in the energy sector is transferred from large utilities to local families and communities. This is a controversy for the big utilities that will lose influence on pricing and innovation.
Your own favourite projects in energy technology?
My favourite energy technology is the development of IT-systems that can automatically manage the flow of energy and do settlements between different players, on a local level. A few years into the future we will see that a household will produce and store energy, and interact with neighbours and the grid in a totally new way than we have done for the last 50 years.
Your other favourite examples of energy technology internationally and nationally?
Small PV and storage solutions that gives access to lighting and radio in underdeveloped rural areas.
What do we do particularly well in Norway of this?
Norway is blessed with clean hydropower. We do the regulation of generation so well that we can cover the domestic energy consumption every month of the year with renewable energy.
A favourite energy technology quote?
While everyone is focused on Elon smoking weed, he is quietly smoking the whole automotive industry.
Most important takeaway from our conversation?
The society will be electrified and with local energy systems we can all contribute to the green shift.