UAE’s renewable energy capacity is building up nicely, but grid stability needs constant watch
- May 25, 2023 1:27 pm GMT
A key driver of economic growth and a catalyst for social welfare and national security, energy has been a priority for policymakers for decades. The challenges faced by the world due to unprecedented energy demand and the prolonged use of traditional energy sources dominate government and corporate agendas.
The global energy transition is progressing with the
Over the past decade, the
The nation's goal to generate 50 per cent of its energy from clean sources by 2050 is well within reach.
The ongoing transition is not without hurdles. While clean energy capacity continues to rise, the most prominent challenge remains reliable transmission and distribution. The changed energy mix has impacted the resiliency of the electric grid, exposing its vulnerability.
Unlike traditional power plants that generate constant power output, renewable power sources like wind and solar have intermittent production, causing fluctuations. As the percentage of clean energy increases, fluctuations can cause outages or damage to the grid infrastructure.
Managing these fluctuations and maintaining grid stability during this transformative era requires a approach that prioritizes innovation across all aspects of grid resiliency, from generation and storage to distribution and transmission. To achieve this, the scale of capital required in is unprecedented.
As the percentage of renewables is on the rise, consensus among experts is that the best path is to incorporate many different forms of renewable energy resources. While Taqa's 2GW Al-Dhafra Solar Photovoltaic project with the capacity to power approximately 160,000
Battery energy storage
Smart, timely investments also play a critical role in energy storage, reducing the reliance on fossil fuel-based peaking plants. R&D of storage technologies that accommodate the variable nature of renewable energy sources continue.
But building battery energy storage systems at grid-scale is the real challenge. Renewable energy, such as solar power, can charge those systems. The
Decarbonizing electricity generation and investing in next-generation storage technologies are only initial steps. Achieving Net Zero requires resilient transmission and distribution networks. There is a clear case for financial initiatives supporting infrastructure upgrades with advanced materials and components, which can enhance capacity and efficiency, accommodating higher levels of renewable energy generation.
Efforts should also extend abroad as stronger regional grid integration enables the sharing of surplus renewable energy, thus creating a larger, more flexible energy market while reducing reliance on fossil fuel-based backup generation.
Such efforts are ideally complemented by investments in smart grid technology, including advanced metering infrastructure, sensors, and data analytics. These technologies improve monitoring and control of the grid, facilitating efficient integration of renewable energy sources.
As part of its smart grid journey,
The writer is CEO, Energy & Utilities and Sustainable Manufacturing, ADQ.
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