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46. Flexible, resilient, sustainable: the making of the XXIst Century Supergrid - Redefining Energy podcast

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Laurent is a Franco-British financier, founder of Megawatt-X, the London-based global platform for Renewable Energy Assets. For the past twenty years, Laurent has been trading and managing...

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Episode 46:  After several black outs in the past months, the irresistible growing trend towards electrification and the relentless rise of renewables, the grid has become the indispensable nervous system of the energy transition. How can the grid manage more intermittent and decentralized sources while ensuring more resiliency in dire and more recurrent weather extremes.  

With Gerhard Salge, CTO Hitachi ABB Power Grids, we encover a modernised XXIst Century super-grid, strengthened through interconnectors and AI, but also integrating new usages such as emobility, heating, and industrial uses like steel and mining. This is a  journey where digisation, virtual inertia, mini-hubs are the new tool to build, manage and strengthen the XXist century supergrid. Massive investments and new mindsets will be key to a cleaner and more resilient electrical world.


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Matt Chester on Mar 16, 2021

I think in the U.S. specifically, a lot of the challenges of the supergrid is the breakdown of responsibility/jurisdiction of different government bodies-- FERC to grid operators to state government etc. While a European supergrid would have to have more of an international cooperation, it somehow seems more straight forward because it's clear who is in charge of what area every step of the way. Do you think it's more viable politically in the European market than the U.S. one? 

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