On 1st September 2020, the UK Energy Technology Platform will be launched. This platform is being delivered in partnership with Carjon-NRG, an Aberdeen headquartered Technology Deployment Service Company.
It is the third country platform that will be launched; platforms that are already online are Australia’s Energy Technology Platform – in partnership with National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) – and the Netherlands Energy Technology Platform – at the request of Dutch consulates and RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency).
These platforms are customised versions of TechnologyCatalogue.com, and make use of the same underlying ‘engine’ and database.
In this blog, we will provide you with background why such customised platform for a country is so powerful for all suppliers, end-users and expert consultants.
Think Globally, Act Locally
It is often being said that risk-averseness and conservatism are key reasons why the pace of innovation in the Energy industry is slow. From our experience, we've seen that end-users are keen, but often don’t know what technologies are available to address specific challenges, and often do not have the time and/or expertise to assess the available technologies and to sustainably embed technologies into the business. As a result, people stick to conventional practices.
Reviews and references clearly help with selecting technologies that may be new to you, but known to others. And nothing gives more confidence than a review from someone we trust. This is not different from daily consumer life, where we rely on the opinions of other people to, e.g. book hotels and restaurants or decide which new car to buy. And the closer to home these reviews and references are, the more convincing they usually are.
As you may have seen from previous blogs, we have some favourite examples from daily life to illustrate the point. Think about the plumber you contracted to get the critical repair work done in your house, all based on the ‘thumbs up’ of your neighbour. Or think about the house you bought, based on the references from multiple friends that already live there. That’s how it works in our consumer lives, and that’s how it works in business as well. We trust the views of these people because of who they are and based on their local expertise and experience.
The above describes the rationale of a platform to support countries. In summary: make the best technologies available wherever they’re from, and connect them with people that we know and trust and have the local expertise and experience.
Technologies are thereby grouped in line with the priority areas of the country, such that it is easier for end-users to choose. The expertise of local consultants gets highlighted through this platform, particularly expertise to get specific technologies deployed.
Country platforms: delivered jointly with local partners
Country platforms - like the UK Energy Technology Platform – are delivered jointly with local partners that have an extensive network and a solid reputation. Naturally, these local partners share in the success of the platform. Also, it gives them a chance to create visibility for their own technology deployment services to get technologies deployed, this way helping suppliers and end-users to improve business performance.
A country platform can also support trade. To illustrate: at the request of Dutch consulates and RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency), the Netherlands Energy Technology Platform was developed, which can be accessed via https://netp.technologycatalogue.com/.
There are several challenges that the Netherlands Diplomatic Posts face, one of them being that it’s not easy to maintain an overview of Dutch companies doing business or wanting to do business in specific countries. Also, it currently requires significant time and effort to organise trade missions because of lack of central overviews. The COVID-19 crisis poses additional challenges, making the need for other ways of working even more necessary.
A customised platform of TechnologyCatalogue.com addresses the challenges and is therefore considered a valuable complement to the other efforts made by the Diplomatic Posts to accomplish their mission.
Additional benefits for suppliers
The moment a technology is included on one of our customised platforms, it is also included on TechnologyCatalogue.com, this way further increasing the visibility of the technology. And the other way around goes as well: the moment a technology is registered on TechnologyCatalogue.com, it is also included on the country platform, provided it meets the acceptance criteria of the country platform. Hence extra ways to create visibility for your technology!
A country platform unlocks insights about available technologies and combines it with local expertise and experience to make the case and get the technologies deployed and replicated.
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The founders of TechnologyCatalogue.com led technology deployment activities in support of assets across Shell. Over 600 deployments were successfully delivered, resulting in a very significant impact on safety, production and cost. We understand what it takes to get technology deployed, including all change management aspects related to it. Since starting TechnologyCatalogue.com in March 2018, we have supported multiple Operators in Upstream and Downstream with technology deployment.
Our main product is TechnologyCatalogue.com.
TechnologyCatalogue.com was developed based on the first-hand experience that it is often difficult for decision-makers to stay up to date on available technology-driven improvement opportunities for their business. Similar to how we use, e.g. TripAdvisor in our daily life to find out about hotels, TechnologyCatalogue.com helps users to see the wood for the trees when it comes to available technologies. Since the launch in Q3 2018, >30,000 unique users have accessed the platform.
The platform helps suppliers to create more visibility for their technologies, this way increasing the chances that the technologies get used. It is effectively a 24/7 global digital exhibition. The number of technologies on the platform is rapidly growing. As of today, ~300 technologies are registered, and we aim to reach 500 by the end of this year, and >5000 in a few years from now.
In addition, we also support suppliers and end-users with getting technology deployment done, through consultancy & workshops.