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About Celestino Guemes Seoane


Solutions R&D and member of the Scientific Community

Celestino Güemes is in charge of Solutions R&D at Atos Worldgrid Spain, and is the lead architect of the Industrial Data Analytics for Smart Grid Applications platform, where he researches for innovative Big Data analytic solutions to help reinvent its clients' energy businesses. He is also member of Atos Scientific Community, in charge of “Digitalization of Energy” track. He firmly believes in a humanistic, positive view of technology as basic engine for the progress of society. Addicted to reading in any format, electronic or not, he’s an avid participant in social networks (@tguemes), and, as any good, old geek, he is essentially harmless.




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Articles posted by Celestino Guemes Seoane

Long-term vision, short-term shocks: navigating the global energy crisis with digital solutions

It’s clear that the risks of maintaining a secure and affordable energy supply have been seriously exacerbated by the war in Ukraine. While the long-term, the vision for a decarbonized future remains the same, in the short term, there are shocks that governments, the energy industry and energy users…

Building Data Ecosystems in Energy & Utilities, key for the Energy Transition.

Sharing data in a fair and trusted way can be very powerful, bringing a strategic change in attitude toward data ownership and value. It is a concept that we refer to as “data equity”. Data equity is established when members of business ecosystems establish shareholding interests in the collective value of otherwise…

Why utilities adopting AI should put ethics first

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming vital for today’s increasingly complex utility business. In an earlier blog post, I discussed how digital technologies, such as AI, are essential to addressing the sustainability challenge. Franck Freycenon recently published a blog exploring how AI can help energy and utility companies. Franck ended his post by noting that AI also brings with…

Ethics by design: Taking responsibility in the age of machines

Autonomous systems are advancing by the day. Physical robots (such as driverless cars) and pure software (such as diagnostic systems, predictive systems and personal assistants) now leverage advanced algorithms, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI). As they gain capabilities, we trust them to make more decisions on our behalf, increasingly without any human intervention. But…

Why digitalizing the energy value chain is fundamental to saving our planet

Climate change and population growth are two of the biggest threats to the sustainability of our planet. But they’re at odds with each other. The UN Paris Agreement aims to limit global warming to 1.5˚C by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, primarily by cutting back on our use of fossil fuels. Meanwhile, the…

Utility and IT models: a world in transition

For utility companies, both business and IT models are undergoing massive and irreversible changes. The similarities between these changes are striking. With utility business models, we are experiencing changes from centralized to distributed models; the reality of renewables and the emergence of viable storage; the electrification of transport; and parallel changes in commercial, customer relationship and regulatory practices.…

Energy’s Digital Dilemmas: Shining the light on the complex choices ahead

The extremes of mid-summer and mid-winter provide food for thought on the significant benefits digital technology has brought to the way we consume energy. While one half of the planet turns on energy-guzzling coolers to stave off the searing heat, the other half turns up the thermostat to keep warm as the temperature…

Living at the edge: toward decentralized utilities

Do you remember your first mobile phone?  For anybody over fifty, it was probably one of those clunky Nokias or Eriksonns.  To begin with, we used them for more or less the same calls that their corded cousins offered – only mobile.  But even in the early days, there was the feeling that something more was happening – that…

“The digital utility starts here …”

How many industries have been transformed by digital technology over the last ten years? In financial services, online banking has become the norm. In media, digital consumption has more or less put an end to fixed program schedules.  In retail, the Amazon effect has fundamentally changed our buying habits. With utilities, we have not yet seen changes on this scale. Sure,…

Utility and IT models: not quite chickens and eggs

For utility companies, both business and IT models are undergoing massive and irreversible changes.  The similarities between these changes are striking. With utility business models, we are experiencing changes from centralized to distributed models; the reality of renewables and the emergence of viable storage; and parallel changes in commercial, customer relationship and regulatory practices. On the…

Digital Transformation in utilities - Taking time to look beyond the day-to-day

When you’ve got your head down in a project, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s happening in the wider world of utilities - and that’s a shame when there is so much going on. I came across two things recently that really caught my attention.  Although…

Turing’s Grid: from Smart Grids to Digital Energy Platforms

It may come as a surprise that, for a person in ICT and still amazed by its advances, I believe that the greatest engineering achievement of the 20th Century has been the pervasive deployment of electricity to power our societies. We take for granted that a lamp will light when we flick a switch, and we…

Not only for museums: Digital Preservation makes business sense

Sometimes, when I comment to my colleagues about my interest in Digital Preservation, I get a condescending look, and I imagine them thinking: “Oh, here is another museum lover, worried about their grand-grand-grandsons getting his selfies” (Well, they’re almost right: I love museums, I worry about my digital heritage, but no, I don’t do selfies). And…

Beware of the Digital Diogenes Syndrome

Being an avid follower of all things related to Big Data, I must confess that I am a little worried lately. It’s not that the technology may be not yet fully mature, although try convincing a traditional CIO about using something that it is in version 0.20.x (and, please, please, don’t dare to mention him about that porcupine-named tool). Neither it…