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Renewable energies: the power of water

With a share of around 50 per cent, water is still the most popular renewable energy source in sustainable electricity generation. Impulse - the ifm magazine takes a look at well-known and less well-known forms of energy generation using the power of water and shows how digitalisation is helping to overcome existing challenges.


Topics of this edition


  • Application I: Central monitoring: How the energy company CVA keeps an eye on the maintenance condition of its hydroelectric power plants. (0:00 – 4:47)
  • Interview I: Marco Cantamessa, Chairman of the Board of Directors of CVA, on the future profitability of hydroelectric power and the role of digitalisation in this context. (4:48 – 11:24)
  • Interview II: Tord Johnsson, Supply Chain Manager at CorPower, talks about the potential of wave power plants, their interaction with wind turbines and the importance of condition monitoring for the economic development of this new type of energy generation. (11:25 – 19:18)
  • Application II: Condition monitoring: CorPower relies on robust remote monitoring solutions from ifm to monitor and control its wave power plants. (19:19 – 21:49)
  • Interview III: Mohamed Al Kadari, Vice President Global Business Development Industrial IIoT, talks about the progress of industrial digitalisation, existing challenges and the role of AI in moneo, ifm’s IIoT platform. (21:50 – 30:08)




Marco Cantamessa is a full professor in the Department of Management and Production Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino. Alongside his academic activities, he has had years of experience in the field of innovation, in particular as President of I3P, the Innovative Companies Incubator of Politecnico di Torino, and of Neva Finventures, corporate venturing company of the Intesa Sanpaolo Banking Group. He has been President of Compagnia Valdostana delle Acque since 2017.

Tord Jonsson is Supply Chain & Quality Manager for CorPower Ocean. He is building a global supply chain and relationships with innovative suppliers with a strong drive to support the introduction of a new clean renewable energy resource to the world, focusing on logistics, capacity and cost-efficient manufacturing methods or product solutions to make wave energy competitive on the market.

Mohamed Al Kadari, VP Global IIoT Business Development, is responsible for the go-to-market strategy of ifm’s moneo IIoT platform.

After working at Google for over 8 years, he returned to his mechanical engineering roots and joined ifm over a year ago. Together with his team, Mohamed works on reducing friction to transform automation data into valuable insights - from sensor to cloud. In his spare time, Mohamed is a passionate marathon runner and leadership trainer.

Impulse - the ifm show for you

Experience automation in an unprecedented form. The ifm show Impulse highlights the most important trends and topics in automation. We talk about industry-specific challenges and present answers – from innovative products to holistic solutions. While also showing a series of successful automation examples from the real world, we let both our experts and our customers have their say in equal measure. Information meets inspiration - welcome to Impulse!