Flexible grids for demanding challengesGiven the dramatic changes in the energy system, today grids must be able to flexibly manage bidirectional power flow and intermittency, and the entire system and all its operations must be kept absolutely safe and secure at all times. At the same time, new capacities need to be added, existing equipment updated, and grid operation optimized to make the entire infrastructure fit for the future. The integration of renewable energy into existing grids poses new challenges due to the increasing distances between power generation and consumption, the need for more cost-efficient infeed of power from renewables, and fluctuating demand. All of this will not work without making grids smarter, i.e. utilizing the potential of digitalization.
Threats and opportunities of a dramatic change
Where will all the changes of the power supply systems lead to? A sophisticated discussion tries to give answers.
Two brilliant minds share and discuss their views on the reconstruction of the energy system. Günther Brauner, Professor Emeritus, Research group "Power Systems", at Vienna University of Technology, and Michael Weinhold, Chief Technology Officer at Siemens Energy Management, discuss the challenges and opportunities of the turmoil going on in the power supply markets. Digitalization will not only play a growing role in technological progress, but for the development of new business models as well.
Digitally enabled solutions necessary
While some countries are advancing the integration of renewables, others require a different energy mix. These energy-hungry countries need to supply a sufficient amount of affordable and available energy for their rapidly growing economies. Next-wave electrifier countries first need to build an infrastructure to provide their economy with sufficient power. To ensure that the power makes its way in a reliable, safe, and efficient manner in increasingly complex transmission and distribution environments. No matter what starting point they have, all of them need digitally enabled solutions. These solutions must be socially acceptable due to an increase in public awareness.