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Humanising Energy

People advancing a sustainable energy future for all

Produced by BBC Story Works Commercial Productions, the Humanising Energy series features 3 new Hitachi Energy stories. Discover the people, passion and technologies behind the energy transition, focusing on advancing a sustainable energy future for all.

Our people and technology behind the energy transition

For over a century, many of Hitachi Energy’s transformer factories across the world have been an integral part of people’s lives. One of those places is Ludvika, an idyllic town set amidst pristine forests and lakes in Sweden, producing some of the largest transformers in the world. Behind the transformers are our highly skilled and passionate people who continue to make tailor-made transformers by hand with great care. Our rich history and deep connection in this small town have allowed families to work for us for decades and across generations towards a sustainable energy future.

Fighting wildfires with innovation in Australia

In Victoria, Australia, Hitachi Energy played a significant role in building a climate-resilient and reliable grid, effectively mitigating risks of wildfire in the area. The Spark Prevention Unit is an innovative technology that prevents sparks or arcing from surge arresters, putting a stop to fires breaking out even before they start. Victoria’s resilient grid goes beyond preventing fires, it protects communities, wildlife and the environment.

The quality of life for cities of the future

In Nantes, France, Hitachi Energy’s unique flash-charging technology, Grid-eMotion™ Flash, is helping the city to transition to sustainable mobility. Grid-eMotion Flash enables Semitan, the bus operator, to flash-charge its e-buses within seconds at passenger stops. Moreover, the reduced size of the batteries increases passenger capacity. Thanks to this solution, passengers now enjoy a cleaner, quieter and smoother journey.

Resilience in a remote fishing town

In Cordova, Alaska, we helped to establish a microgrid that supports the adoption of renewable power from multiple sources. This enables the community to reduce its reliance on diesel.