Mr Barry MacColl

GENERAL MANAGER – RESEARCH TESTING AND DEVELOPMENT ESKOM HOLDINGS (SOC) Ltd

Barry has been with Eskom for 25 years and is currently the General Manager of their Research, Testing and Development center at Rosherville. The work centers on provided applied research, specialist testing and technical consulting services internally to Eskom. Their mandate is to provide the Eskom leadership with knowledge on the entire value chain of electricity production in order that sustainable decisions are made based on facts rather than opinion. Key to this conference are focus areas on advanced analytics, smart customer technologies, energy storage, eMobility and online asset management. As an electronics engineer Barry enjoys the endless possibilities the internet of things holds for the future of electricity.

Synopsis of Topic: In the world of electricity provision to a future customer, what are the functionalities and technologies required, and what opportunities will these awaken in the boring world of electricity distribution. What would be the incremental cost and benefits of such enhancements and how should the electricity industry embrace such possibilities.