15 May 2017 2017 09:45 AM GMT

Smart Renewable Energy Forum: Digitalization Driving The New Energy World

The digital transformation in the energy industry has fundamentally changed the electricity landscape. In the future, the energy supply will be ensured by a range of renewable energy plants, storage systems and consumers acting as prosumers. The Smart Renewable Energy Forum at Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners, is, therefore, focusing on new concepts and technologies for digital networking along the energy value-added chain from May 31–June 2.

From sector coupling to cyber security for the energy industry: At the Smart Renewable Energy Forum, Intersolar Europe is shining a spotlight on diverse aspects of a digitalized energy industry on all three exhibition days. Industry experts from science, industry and associations will come together at the forum to discuss the wide-ranging topic of digitalization. The session titled Holistic Energy Transition: Sector Coupling will focus on intelligently connecting electricity, heat and transportation. Digitalization goes hand in hand with cyber security and new players in the energy industry, which will be discussed in further presentations. Topics related to local power supply, on-site consumption in private households and commercial buildings, and power-to-gas bring the Smart Renewable Energy Forum to a close.

Digitalization Is The Foundation For The New Energy World

Through the Smart Renewable Energy Forum, Intersolar Europe and ees Europe, the continent’s largest exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems, are creating a platform for what may be the most significant development in the energy industry – digitalization. The forum was already a great success at its premiere in 2016 and is set to address the rapid transformation of the energy industry again in 2017.

The future of renewable energies in the power supply depends strongly on digitalization along the whole value-added chain – as this is the only way to ensure that power from decentralised and disparate volatile energy sources is optimally integrated into the grid. Numerous new digital services, products and solutions are currently under development. These will control the decentralised energy market flexibly and safely, and in doing so, optimally coordinate generation and consumption. In addition to this, smart communication between energy producers, smart grids, storage systems and consumers is also necessary. “The large number of players in the communication chain naturally involves risks to grid security and data protection. Cyber security always has to be taken into account in this context. For this reason, we are continuously working on solutions for improving system security,” says Prof. Dr Michael Waidner, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT.

Utilities Within The Energy Transition Award: The Digital Future Is Changing Business

Digitalization is giving rise to new business models and stakeholders. Renewable energies are a major economic factor – and even more so when combined with intelligent forms of marketing.

“Digitalization is fundamentally changing the market conditions of the energy industry on a technological and regulatory level. It will be interesting to see how quickly the established utility companies, which are being put under pressure by innovative offers from start-ups, will adapt,” says Jan-Hendrik vom Wege, lawyer at the law firm Becker Büttner Held and the host of the New Players in the Energy Industry: Digitalization & Energy Management session.

The modern drivers of the new energy world are in the spotlight at the Smart Renewable Energy Forum. On the second exhibition day (June 1, from 3:00 pm) at the Forum, the most innovative utility companies will be presented with a special accolade, the Utilities Within the Energy Transition Award. The winners have been selected by the Bonn-based market and economic research company EuPD Research on the basis of a study of all the utility companies in Germany conducted for the first time at the start of 2017.

The forum is sponsored by Siemens AG, Fronius International GmbH and Viessmann Photovoltaik GmbH.

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Grids Integration, Energy Networks Boosted By Distributed Generation Growth

Renewable energy has continued to develop at ever increasing rates, with remarkable growth seen since the start of this decade. The pace of the energy transition is driving innovation and growth in related sectors. For energy networks and grids integrating small gas turbines, micro-turbines, fuel cells, biomass, small hydropower, wind and solar energy; distributed generation installation provides significant solutions in the restructured electricity regime. This is particularly so, where there is a larger uncertainty in demand and supply.

October 10th 2017
Enel Starts Construction Of Australia’s Largest Solar PV Project

The Bungala Solar One facility is part of the Bungala Solar PV Project and will have an installed capacity of 137.7 MW out of a total of more than 275 MW for the whole project, that will be able to produce 570 GWh per year. The facility will cover an area of approximately 300 hectares and will consist of about 420,000 polycrystalline PV modules mounted on single-axis tracker structures which will follow the Sun’s path from east to west; increasing the amount of energy produced by the plant, compared to PV modules with fixed structures. The overall Bungala Solar PV project is expected to become fully operational in early 2019.

October 10th 2017
EDF Completes Blythe Installation Of Potent New Turbines, Powering 34,000 Homes

The Blyth Offshore Demonstrator project will produce enough low-carbon electricity to power approximately 34,000 UK households, using 8.0MW wind turbines with a power mode uprating them to 8.3MW. It will save around 57,600 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year and is the first offshore wind project to connect using 66kv rated cables. It’s also the first time that a “float and submerge” gravity-based foundation (GBF) has been used for offshore wind turbines. Each GBF is made up of more than 1,800m3 of concrete and weighs over 15,000 tonnes when fully installed on the seabed, and the structures have a total height of around 60 metres from the base to the access platform.


 

   

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