Mr Su Jian Lye
Robotics businesses need to prepare for future integration and enhancement of their hardware solutions based on advancement in AI technologies
Su Jian Lye, Principal Analyst at ABI Research, is responsible for orchestrating research relating to robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. He leads research in emerging and key trends in these industries, deep-diving into advancements in key components, regional dynamics in robotics and AI adoptions, and their future impacts and implications.
SCHMID shapes the future - because our products and solutions pave the way for megatrends into society.
As COO, Helmut Rauch manages all operations of the SCHMID Group in Freudenstadt. His major responsibilities focus on personnel and production issues as well as business development. In this role, he is also a driving force in the establishment of automation and intralogistics technologies. Since the late 1990s, the industrial engineer has been involved in shaping the company’s expansion into Asia and the USA.
Business Development and Strategic Product Manager
But we go beyond simply creating and supplying products which can transform industrial operations – we practice what we preach.
As Business Development and Strategic Product Manager for Bosch Rexroth, Andrew Minturn supports the implementation of Industry 4.0 for businesses across the UK. Now established as one of the key experts on the subject, Andrew has given a number of talks at leading industry events demonstrating the benefits and best practice of creating an Industry 4.0-enabled facility. Andrew’s career in engineering spans over 25 years, during which time he has worked across industries such as aerospace, general automation, food & packaging and medical. He began working as an engineering toolmaker for BMW Manufacturing, formerly known as The Rover Group, in 1991, where he was responsible for the manufacture of car body presses and tooling. Andrew remained at this company for ten years before going on to study for his ONC and HNC qualifications. He subsequently joined Bosch Rexroth as a Technical Support Engineer in 2002. While working at Bosch Rexroth, Andrew continued his formal education in engineering, graduating from the University of Bath with a First-Class degree in Engineering Systems in 2010. He went on to specialise in assembly technology and system sales, before moving on to his current role of Business Development and Strategic Product Manager in 2016.
Zahira Sughra Zainuddin
Head, SVP GHRM Office
Digital transformation & IoT is not just about technology but in essence changing the way we work in totality, utilising the advancement of technology to improve efficiency and productivity
Zahira, a PETRONAS scholar who holds a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College in London, started her career at PETRONAS in 1999. She has held many roles in diverse PETRONAS businesses throughout her career which includes petrochemical, oil trading, LNG and gas, exploration & production, corporate strategy and project management. She is currently attached to the Group Human Resource Management of PETRONAS and appointed the role to drive the transformation of HR under the Senior Vice-President of Group HRM’s office. Zahira is passionate to humanise the workplace, by creating a compassionate, enabling, truly diverse and inclusive environment.
I.V. Dipl. Ing. Lothar Gellrich
Head of Marketing Communications
KROHNE is a fully family-owned company, we can guarantee long-lasting partnerships and development of novel technologies.
I.V. Dipl. Ing. Lothar Gellrich is the Head of Marketing Communications, KROHNE Group, a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of solutions in industrial process instrumentation. He applies exceptional business strategies to market KROHNE’s products to stand out in the market.
Business Development Manager
One of our company objectives is an ambitious 100% customer satisfaction. Competition is fierce and it’s important to stand out from the mass by the quality of the products that we sell but also by the attitude that we adopt towards our customers
Maria Torrisi is a Business Development Manager at JMartans Automation Ltd, a leader in Automation solutions in Malta for industrial and building applications. Her professional career started in the United Kingdom and has recently led her to the fast-growing market of Malta. She is an obsolete spares specialist for electronic automation who has developed long-lasting relationships with customers and suppliers all over the world.
CEO and Founder
We aim to cater to 80% of fortune 2000 companies across all verticals, globally, in the span of next 5 years, and act as a strategic market intelligence service provider for them
Raj Shah is a seasoned strategy professional with global experience, from strategy to on-the- ground operational improvements. He focuses on the automation, consumer electronics, and especially digital/ consumer-internet leading multiple long-term engagements towards mobilizing and executing on break-through strategy - leading to tangible sales results. Raj is also acting as a strategy consultant for one of the leading online hyper local service providers in India, contributing to their growth through critical strategic decisions. Raj usually spends time after office in talking to the passionate entrepreneurs, regardless of their funding status.
Mr. Stefan Prasse
Head of Membership Management
Our task is to increase the competitiveness of our members and thus ensure the future viability of mechanical and plant engineering. Connect for success & Envision the future
Stefan Prasse is the Head of Membership Management VDMA, the largest network organization for mechanical engineering in Europe. He strives to increase the competitiveness of VDMA members and thus ensure the future viability of mechanical and plant engineering.
Managing Director - AI Global lead
The best customer experience comes from smart technologies that know our needs as they are happening and are proactively offering solutions to enhance our productivity, not only at work but also in daily tasks.
Dr. Teresa Escrig is an AI expert with over 25 years of distinguished accomplishments in the field. She has been a professor on AI related topics at several universities in Europe and the US, founded a couple of AI startups and is an AI global lead at a large consulting corporation. A visionary, out-of-the-box thinker, passionate and effective leader and speaker, Dr. Escrig’s mission is to make sure that we develop transparent, unbiased, safe and responsible AI.
Social Media Manager
By sharing success stories through our contents, our goal is to position SICK as an expert and valuable business partner to our customer, regardless of the stage they are at in the buying cycle.
Franziska Lehmann is the Social Media Manager at SICK AG, one of the world’s leading producers of sensors and sensor solutions for industrial applications. Her area of expertise lies in applying successful social media strategies to increase and build brand awareness, generate leads, and create conversations for SICK AG. She plays a key role in implementing a content marketing strategy via targeted campaigns on social channels, to ensure customers are receiving content that fits their specific interests and business needs.
Matthew E. Boyer
Co-Founder & COO
Zylter works with market leaders and innovative product developers to turn unmanned systems and other emerging technologies into practical capabilities for logistics, engineering, energy and defense applications.
Matthew E. Boyer is the Co-founder and COO of Zylter. He is a recognized expert & speaker on the integration of autonomous vehicles in operations. He leads development and integration of emerging worksite technologies to improve operations in engineering, logistics, and energy. Boyer’s areas of expertise include applied technologies and innovative products for engineering, logistics, onshore exploratory operations, special operations, and related off-highway commercial applications. He brings 18+ years of experience in managing operations and leading cross-functional teams for cooperative innovation and technology implementation in a range of areas—logistics, transportation, engineering, intelligence, special operations.
Our purpose is to provide flow measurement solutions to enable our customers to control their usage of fluids, materials ultimately to reduce costs and environmental impact.
Charles Wemyss is the CEO of Litre Meter Limited, the flowmeter experts in supplying Mass, Water, and Chemical Injection Flowmeters worldwide. He holds the Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree from The University of Sheffield. His area of expertise lies in Oil & gas flow measurement and especially chemical injection measurement for positive displacement meters and Coriolis mass meters, over the last twenty- five years. Charles Wemyss plays a key role in launching a bespoke range of customisable flowmeters, growing the organization’s reach worldwide.
What we have developed is a novel optimization tool that takes any existing robot application, optimizes it, and generates a new application file with updated motion instructions. The keyword here is path-planning.
Martin is an accomplished robotics engineer who has worked several years as a researcher for ABB, the largest robot manufacturer in the world. With ABB he was part of several robot projects, building entirely new robot prototypes, resulting in several patents along the way. Martin worked on robot vision applications for the industry, as well as algorithm design for various technical applications. He has published several IEEE papers and patents. After leaving ABB in late 2016, Martin founded Motus Operandi, which is set to revolutionize robot motion as we know it. Motus Operandi is about optimizing robot applications, intelligent planning, and usage of robots in the industry, to reduce their energy consumption and increase their productivity. Their intelligent solution allows programming a robot’s motion with no effort, with just one click.
Carlos Uraga Pastor
H-ROS is the only standard taking into account not only mechanical or software aspects but also computational, communication aspects, etc. both software and hardware-wise
Carlos Uraga Pastor is the CEO of Acutronic Robotics, a company that he co-founded in 2016. Acutronic Robotics is invested by SONY, Acutronic Holding. He served as the investor and CEO of Erle Robotics in 2015 and received funds from DARPA and three rounds of investment. Having startup co-founder with business profile, engineering background, Carlos Uraga Pastor focused on new technologies from idea generation to product placement in the market. His major motto is ‘creating the next generation of standard tools for robotics.’ He had acquired international experiences developing skills on engineering, business strategy, financials, entrepreneurship, business development and new technologies research and development. He developed technical know-how in robotics, improving knowledge in the whole process from the scientific research and development until market implementation from the perspective of the financial analysis and market strategy.
Head of Sales
Our constantly increasing sales worldwide in recent years has shown us that more and more plant construction companies, engineering offices and plant operators are convinced of the advantages of our pinch valves.
Marcus Langeheine is Head of Sales of the world’s leading manufacturer of pinch valve solutions, AKO Armaturen, located in Germany. In the last decades, he worked for different industrial manufacturers in France, Belgium, and Germany and joined AKO Armaturen at the end of 2017.
In every technology, there are pros and cons. The main advantage of using AI is the possibility of automation. We can automate a lot of mundane jobs and save a lot of resources.
Lentin Joseph is an Author & Entrepreneur in Robotics. He has authored five books mainly related to robotics programming using Robot Operating System. He serves as a CEO and Co-founder of Qbotics Labs in India, which is majorly into robotics software development using ROS. He showcases more interest in new technologies like Robotics, Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence. http://lentinjoseph.com
Founder and CEO
The key is that we start with a universal position solution and a reusable AI software package that allows us to port to many different vehicles.
Mr. Bruemmer is Founder and CEO of Adaptive Motion Group which provides Smart Mobility solutions based on accurate positioning and autonomous vehicles. Previously, Mr. Bruemmer co-founded 5D Robotics – which he grew for eight years before it was acquired in 2018. Mr. Bruemmer has led large scale robotics programs for the Army and Navy, the DOE, and DARPA. Mr. Bruemmer has authored over 60 publications and has been awarded many patents in robotics and positioning.
Business Development Manager
Our overall aspiration is to offer every company with industrial electronics worldwide the ability to continue using their existing systems as long as possible.
Our overall aspiration is to offer every company with industrial electronics worldwide the ability to continue using their existing systems as long as possible. Joined as a junior account manager at UNIS Group in 2005, I am serving as the business development manager and the sales leader of UNIS Group UK / EDMR Ltd (a UNIS Group member) now. I had targeted my first customers in the Middle East, which I found a tough market. Later, I promoted to a senior account manager and started developing the international market. I have helped our agents in their grow of turnover.
CEO and co-founder
In Industry 4.0 robots should undertake tasks that are risky or dangerous for people, so humans are prevented from suffering any health injury that conditions their life from that moment on. The idea of human-machine collaboration pursues the goal of having the fullest efficiency while adding value to the worker’s role.
Francesco Ferro is the CEO and co-founder of PAL Robotics, one of the top service robotics companies in the world, and a euRobotics asibl Board Director. He received a BSc + MSc degree in Telecommunications Engineering at Politecnico di Torino in 2002 (Italy), a Master at ISEN (Lille, France) and an Executive MBA at the University of Barcelona (Spain) in 2011. Since 2004, he develops cutting-edge humanoid service robots at PAL Robotics.
The adoption of collaborative robots technologies is growing, but is still a bit shy. The main challenge we face is mostly that manufacturers hesitate to put robots to work in their factory because it’s still too costly and too complicated.
Samuel Bouchard is the CEO of Robotiq, a company that he co-founded in 2008. Robotiq today serves manufacturers globally and has become a dominant voice in the fast-growing collaborative robots industry. The Robotiq team has helped thousands of manufacturers overcome manufacturing challenges using robots: from car component makers to electronics contract manufacturing firms; from first-time robot users to robotic experts looking at new ways to automate; and from Fortune 500companies to family-owned machine shops. Robotiq has also been recognized by Robotics Trends as one of the Top 50 most influential companies in robotics. Bouchard holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor’s in Engineering Physics from Laval University.
Marc von Waldkirch
Beyond being a supplier of sensor products, we work strategically with many of our key customers to devise sensor solutions that meet their requirements and specifications.
Marc von Waldkirch has been serving as the Company’s CEO since 2016. Before becoming CEO, he held a variety of management positions in the Group from 2005 to 2016, including Head of Research & Development Liquid Flow Sensors and Vice President Research & Development. Before joining the Group, he worked as a research assistant at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH, where he previously studied physics and received an MSc in Physics and a PhD in Electrical Engineering.
We aim to further develop products for new applications and preferably we would like to do this in cooperation with companies that already are active in the specific application.
I have a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technolgy in Stockholm. I first worked for four years with the Swedish Trade Commission in Toronto, Canada and thereafter for three years at the Weda subsidiary in Bridgeport´, CT, USA. Then back to Sweden to Manage Weda for a few years before taking a position as business area manager in a Swedish Industrial Group called Componenta AB, having Weda as one of the companies within the business area.. At first based in Holland and after about one year in Malmö Sweden after Componenta´s fusion with Svedala Industries AB. In 1991 I became a share holder in Weda AB and has since then been the CEO based at the Head Office in Södertälje, Sweden.
We continue to look at new and innovative ways to ensure we are serving the industries we represent in robotics, machine vision, motion control, and motors. Industry 4.0 and artificial intelligence are new areas that we are ensuring that our members are educated on and take advantage of.
Bob Doyle is Vice President – Robotic Industries Association (RIA) and A3 Mexico at the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He directs and manages the day-to-day activities of RIA, the leading trade association for the robotics industry in North America with over 470 member companies. Doyle also played a lead role in launching the association’s A3 Mexico operations, growing the organization's reach internationally.
UK & Ireland Business Development Manager
In countless applications worldwide, robotic automation has proven its ability to help manufacturers in a wide range of industries transform their productivity and efficiency.
Mike Wilson has over 35 years of experience in the application of automation to manufacturing across a broad range of industry sectors throughout Europe, Asia and America. Previously he has worked for both users and suppliers of automation and also as an independent consultant providing automation expertise to industry. He is widely recognised as one of the leading authorities on the application of industrial robot systems in the UK.
Cofounder and CTO
The objective is neither simple nor straightforward but it is within reach. It’s a very exciting time in agricultural robotics!
Joseph Jones is cofounder/CTO of Franklin Robotics. His primary interest is the practical application of robotic technology to real-world problems. Previous experiences include cofounding Harvest Automation, proposing and developing iRobot’s Roomba, and serving on the research staff at the MIT AI Lab. A graduate of MIT he holds 60+ patents.
President & CEO
Vivace technology means transformation. Transformation of people lives, companies and society makes the difference for us every day.
Cesar Cassiolato, the President & CEO at Vivace Process Instruments at Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil. He is a Committee Member of Information Technology & Industrial Automation and serves as a board member for Regional Profibus Association in Latin America, where is one of founders and was President for several years. Expert in fieldbuses like Profibus, HART, wirelessHART, FDT/DTM, EDDL technologies and an expert for field devices for pressure, temperature, level, position, density measurements and valve positioners. He has more than 800 technical articles in Brazilian and worldwide publications in the automation and electronic segments.
Mr. Joe Kaeser
President and Chief Executive Officer
With its massive shale gas resources, the US has the opportunity to get re-industrialised in a big way with energy-intensive industries
I’m one of 386,000 dedicated Siemens employees worldwide. Together, we’re making real what matters. For us, “Ingenuity for life” means working relentlessly to create value for our customers and employees as well as for society – because I believe that companies must contribute to the welfare of society in a sustainable way. Joe Kaeser has been President and CEO of Siemens AG since 2013.
Director, McKinsey’s New Jersey office
The advances in manufacturing technologies that we are seeing are more exciting and potentially more disruptive than anything we’ve seen in a long time
Katy serves as the Managing Partner of the Mid-Atlantic Office and is a leader within the Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products Practice. She is also a member of the McKinsey Global Institute Council, which advises on MGI's research on global economic, business, and technology trends.
I think there is no portal in the world that will reach all of our potential and existing customers. However, we are very satisfied...
Under his watch, First Sensor AG embarked on a healthy growth trajectory by pursuing a consistent strategy. Today, the company concentrates on the growth markets Industrial, Medical and Mobility via its three business units. The global business was systematically expanded, central processes were optimized, and the productivity was noticeably enhanced.
Chief Executive Officer
The impact of digitalization is being felt deep in the value chain structures and it’s changing the business models.
Mr. Michael Ziesemer served as a Member of the Executive Board and is an In charge of Sales & Marketing and Member of the Executive Board at Endress+Hauser Canada Ltd. Mr. Ziesemer is the Founder of Systemplan Gmbh. He serves as an Executive Director of Finesse Solutions, LLC.
Head of Product Management
Plant Automation Technology has a very global presence and offers a tremendous service. And as a bonus, we are able to reach a very interesting target group.
" Over the last 25 years Syslogic has become synonymous in its industry with embedded industrial computers and HMI systems without compromise. In recent years, Syslogic expanded its product assortment to include embedded computer and HMI systems for mobile uses. "
Head of Discrete Automation and Motion Division
Indian solar energy space is under-exploited. ABB India Ltd, a power and automation engineering company, is positioning itself for a bigger role in the solar energy space.
" Indian solar energy space is under-exploited. ABB India Ltd, a power and automation engineering company, is positioning itself for a bigger role in the solar energy space. India has an installed capacity of around 2,500 MW of grid-connected solar power, while the sector expects to add about 1,500 MW this year. The potential to grow in solar in India is very high as the Government aims to achieve a target of 10 GW by 2017, says Subir Pal, Head of Discrete Automation and Motion Division at ABB India. Subir Pal talks about the potential of India’s solar power sector and the company’s plans for the country. "
The outlook for India’s economy is far better than a lot of other nations in many aspects and so, as a corporate, we are very positive about our performance – both as a team and as individuals
A self-confessed fan of butter chicken and halwa, Takuichi Shimizu, President, Omron Management Centre of India, is on his first stint in the country.
Head of Product Marketing
Automation technology improves work and product quality by transferring manually performed repetitive activities to machines or plants
" Automation technology improves work and product quality by transferring manually performed repetitive activities to machines or plants. Ultimately, this means that automation technology improves the quality of life of many people. "
Chief Technology Officer
The infrastructure piece, the information piece, the big data piece, I would say all these are similar to other companies like Fujitsu,” says Reger. “The differentiator is the final piece
With a PhD from the University of Cologne in Germany, Reger has worked in the fields of theoretical physics and computer sciences at institutions in Europe and the US. He joined Fujitsu in 1998 as head of technology marketing, having previously been executive consultant and chief IT architect at IBM.
Soren Berg lorenzen
Nothing beats knowledge and experience in making sure a geothermal project is well planned and executed
The red thread through my professional life is renewable energy. I am passionate about the green transformation of the energy sector. I have increasingly gained this opportunity to combine with my interest in management and work with people and development
Senior Project Manager
Setting ambitious deployment targets can act as a signal to international private developers, investors and technology providers
I am an environmental professional with almost 10 years of experience in climate finance and sustainability and I currently work as senior analyst in the CPI Europe office, with a focus on clean investment, policy analysis, and risk analysis
Director, Projects and Technical Services
My vision for the industry is to see Nigeria one day conceptualise robust engineering products design and then see through manufacturing and then managing the entire products life cycle
Projects Director at Thompson & Grace Invests. Ltd
Many projects find that pre-stressed concrete provides the lowest overall cost, considering production and lifetime maintenance
Loay Ghazaleh, a 1986 Civil Engineering graduate from Texas A & M with Global MBA - Finance from Thunderbird , Arizona is backed by over 22 years diverse experience in government and private businesses spanning many sectors in several countries. Currently I work as the Advisor to H.E. Undersecretary of Works in Bahrain
The traditional construction system is gradually disappearing and new innovative methods will be welcomed by the industry in near future
33 years of design experience in the gulf region and the middle east..UAE, QATAR, KUWAIT, KSA and Lebanon.Experience in designing High rise buildings/ Towers,,Clients and developers awards in Designing Hospitality projects ( Hotel and resorts).
Assistant Vice President
As per my own experience I see that Middle East is still lagging behind the acceptance of the PCM in the construction comparing to what in the international market
A Competent Civil Engineer, 25 years of hands-on work experience.I have accumulated wide internationally recognized experience in many facets of the construction industries.
Area Sales Director
A good and thorough design will enable fast production, optimize cost efficiency and provide best possible quality of buildings
Providing investment goods for the building industry in the form of complete production plants, precast concrete machinery, precast manufacturing solutions for all needs to match highest standards for buildings considering the structural and architectural design.
BIM Practice Leader
It (BIM) also allows for potential site logistical challenges to be modeled and mitigated prior to construction commencement
Chris is a chartered civil engineer with over ten years' experience working as project, information and design manager for projects using BIM within built environment and transportation sectors including for multi-discipline projects at all life-cycle stages of a scheme.
Team Leader (Procurement Process)
Logistics challenges especially for Over Dimensional Consignments needs to be addressed during the procurement for prefabrication construction projects
Lalit Dhamija is team leader (procurement process) at ADCO and the chairman of the CIPS UAE Abu Dhabi branch. He has more than 35 years experience in the procurement and supply chain profession, working in both the public and private sectors.
: The whole intention of introducing modular construction methodologies in construction projects is to make construction quicker and more efficient. These benefits should be shared by both the developers / clients as well as the contractors in a win / win arrangement
An experienced, successful Project Director with a track record of delivering large, complex construction projects as well as effective introduction and execution of innovative business wide operational initiatives.
If elements of the building can be built earlier in a factory and provided their weight and size are such that the transportation of them is not too costly plus placement of these elements in the building is possible, then significant time can be saved and to some extent cost
Have over thirty years of experience in the analysis and design of structures. I started working in 1976 in Iran on the design of steel and concrete buildings against earthquake until 1984. After further education in UK, I jointed Gifford in 1988.
Our long-term strategy and mission is to provide high-end products, which excel in quality and longevity and always having a clear focus on customer's needs
Since its establishment more than 50 years ago, the company Novasina has specialized in the accurate measuring of air and material humidity. The basis was the world’s first, self-developed electronic measuring sensor for humidity measurement.
Amr Mohamed Elsayed Metwally
Head of Architecture Division PMC
Modular construction must come with well-developed Building Information Modeling (BIM) as this will minimize the risk of design errors during the manufacturing process and will allow for a design to be properly tested for clashes and clearance zones
Amr Metwally as Lead Architect Designer for the MENA Region has been a key figure in the region for the past 12 years in developing both sustainable and visionary architectural award winning healthcare.
Mr. Jayakumar V
Labor cost reduction is no longer the key deliverable of Automation. It has been replaced by consistency, accountability repeatability and measurability
Director at Autosys Engineering, Autosys Control Systems, Kore Mechatronics - Project Management Process Control and Automation Operational Excellence Personnel Ethics.
Greater use of prefabrication, preassembly, modularization, and off-site fabrication techniques and processes has led to widespread deployment and use of interoperable technology applications.
Nader Elhajj – Director of Middle East and Africa, FrameCad Solutions, Upper Marlboro, MD - Prior to his current position he was a project manager at the National Association of Home Builders Research Center, overseeing the research and development of alternative building materials and emerging technologies.
Global oil prices have fallen sharply over the past year, leading to significant revenue shortfalls and has put Saudi Arabia under enormous stress to conserve energy by improving efficiency
Director - Business Development at Source Energy/ Director - Rental Business Unit at IES.
Mr. Charles Wemyss
Accuracy is always specified by suppliers but, surprisingly, is of less importance to users. The customer wants to know the reading will be correct day after day, year after year, so long term repeatability is the key metric
Specialties: Oil & Gas flow measurement and especially chemical injection measurement over the last twenty five years; positive displacement meters and coriolis mass meters.
Captain Hung Nguyen
Former U.S. Coast Guard Captain Co-chair
The most significant lessons learned from the oil-spill incident applied to the casualties – as well as increased compliance with the International Safety Management Code
Since his retirement from the Coast Guard, Captain Nguyen has served as a Transportation Security Executive and Director, Global HSE Programs. In these capacities, Captain Nguyen successfully developed and implemented many process safety management tools that enhanced his organizations' performance excellence.
General Manager APAC
Ms. Kaila Haines
Marketing and PR Director
We don’t have a large marketing spend compared to our competitors but this has helped us maintain our competitive edge in terms of cost, although it took the Market studies a few years to put us on their radar, today, I think most people in the industry know we are a serious player with solid products and solutions
With over twenty years of experience in Marketing & Strategic Planning, Ms. Haines played a key role in launching the company's successful foray into smart microgrids and battery energy storage.