10 things I've learned about renewable energy in the past 6 weeks.
- Oct 12, 2022 11:21 am GMT
I have more than 20 years of experience in the project management software domain, working with companies in the oil and gas sector.
I recently had a conversation with a friend and former client and ..like many others , I thought that installing panels and wind turbines was the solution to the energy crisis, however....
1-The energy transition is an enormously complex problem that (as some of us believed) cannot be solved simply by installing PV panels and wind turbines without planning and control.
2-If we want to rely on low-cost electricity generated by solar and wind energy, it is essential that an effort of equal measure is made to implement large-scale storage in the form of hydraulic pumping, batteries, green hydrogen, and others.
3-While mass deployment of storage arrives, decisive progress must be made in the planned development of renewables: PV, wind, biomass, hydroelectric, etcetera.
4- The reliability and resilience of the transmission and distribution network is a key element. It is necessary to be able to route the electricity generated where needed, when needed.
5-I think we are facing a paradigm shift; In the future, electricity will be created by all of us instead of a generation companies. We are all going to be prosumers. As this report form the Tony Blair foundation indicates https://institute.global/policy/web3-and-energy-transition-policy-primer Web3.0 and blockchain may help in the way of automation, transparency, verifiability and democratization of generation and distribution of energy .
6-The energy transition is a complex problem where incremental solutions must be applied, that is, milestones should be reached ; phasing out coal first, followed by fuel oil generation, then by gas.
7-Gas plants, especially the most efficient combined cycle ones, play an important role in guaranteeing the basic electricity supply, and ensuring we have permanently accessible electricity.
8-Nuclear energy plays an important role, especially with regards to the new modular reactors with lower capacity and faster construction and commissioning periods. Nuclear has a bad name, but we should at least listen to what’s going on in the nuclear energy field before dismissing nuclear energy. Let’s remember the goal is Net zero.
9-Electrification with renewables is a truly exciting sector with enormous growth potential in industry, transport, the domestic sector, self-consumption, etc.
..and 10 - dogmatic positions such as requesting immediate closure of nuclear and gas plants are not realistic. Alternatives should not be ruled out. We must not lose sight of the long-term objective which is decarbonizing the world economy.
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