POWER-GEN Europe and its co-located event Renewable Energy World Europe, the leading conference and exhibition for the international power and renewable industries, has confirmed Dr Martin Giesen, Executive Chairman of the Board of Advanced Power AG as the third speaker for the highly anticipated keynote address is. Dr Giesen will be joining Dipl. Ing Matthias Hartung, Chief Executive Officer, RWE Generation SE & RWE Power AG, Germany; and Mr Vesa Riihimaki, President, Power Plants & Executive Vice President, Wärtsilä Corporation, Finland.
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With electricity demand and output from wind and solar generators oscillating rapidly, the need for flexible power to balance electricity systems is self-evident. What remains under debate is the best means for flexibility. In a new book launched at POWER-GEN Europe, Wärtsilä reviews the plausible solutions. Kenneth Engblom, director of Wärtsilä Power Plants, reports.
In the cafes and bars of Cologne, surrounding the POWER-GEN Europe exhibition this June, one pressing issue sure to be the subject of intense scrutiny is renewables integration.
Despite the economic downturn, the boom of wind and solar energy continues. In the European Union, renewables accounted for almost 70% of additions to electric capacity in 2012, mostly from solar PV and wind power. Continue reading
Industry figures discuss the impact of Fukushima on the nuclear industry on the first day of the Nuclear Power Europe conference
Yesterday, Nuclear Power Europe hosted a panel discussion on investment in nuclear power after Fukushima, providing one of the first opportunities for the industry to come together to debate its position and outlook in light of the disaster. It was moderated by Steve Kidd of the World Nuclear Association and tackled head on the challenges the industry now faces in light of recent events.
Opinion was split between the eight panelists on what direction investment in the future of nuclear power should take. Here’s a selection of the thoughts and opinions of some of the panelists:
- Professor Stephen Thomas of the University of Greenwich believes that it is far too early to predict the impact Fukushima will have on the nuclear industry, but felt that investment into the nuclear renaissance was failing before the Fukushima incident occurred.
- Alessandro Clerici, of ABB Italia drew upon the shutdown of nuclear plants in Italy following Fukushima, stating that extreme political and public reactions have resulted in Fukushima having a more disastrous impact on the nuclear industry than Chernobyl incurred 25 years ago.
- Allan Baker, global head of power of European financial services giant, Société Générale added that in light of Japan’s nuclear disaster, investment in the industry has become problematic. Financing a nuclear plant is not the problem, it is uncertainty in the industry. Many governments have halted subsidies for nuclear development and this uncertainty has prompted lenders to withdraw from nuclear investment.
- Malcolm Grimston, Associate Fellow (Nuclear Policy) of Britain’s world-leading international affairs think-tank Chatham House was keen to point out that the safety of nuclear power plants is underestimated. He emphasised that every nuclear power incident is a special case, and that if you knew it was going to happen then you would have protected yourself against it.
The panel debate is one of the highlights of Nuclear Power Europe’s incisive and high-quality conference programme, which includes speakers representing a broad spectrum of interests from across the industry. There is a full schedule of discussions planned over the next two days, so keep checking the POWER-GEN Europe 2011 blog for more updates.
So that as many people as possible can hear what the European energy industry is talking about, and to ensure that those who can’t attend the show don’t miss out, PennWell will be running a live webcast of the discussion. The webcast will take place at 14:00 CET on Wednesday 8 June, and for more information please visit the POWER-GEN Worldwide site. You can also register your interest so that you don’t miss out on the webcast.
Keeping the smart grid simple: guest blog from Ulla Pettersson, director at e for energy and a member of the advisory board for POWER-GEN Europe 2011.
Smart grid strategies have still to be finalized across Europe as countries strive to lower their greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency and ensure security of supply. A growing number of initiatives are underway, ranging from the small and simple to implement, to the large and highly complex. What’s become clear is that smart grids are challenging to deliver, raising multiple issues around the role that market participants should play, how best to meet consumer needs, and what the optimum technologies, standards, and schemes should be.
How this will be implemented will depend largely on the process of deregulation in the electricity sector, and in respect of the separation of transmission and distribution from the generation and sale of electricity. It is essential that the industry focus on flexible and well structured concepts not too complex to implement and that maintain the structural separation in liberalised markets.
Also, changes in the energy mix are making commercial realisation of smart grids more pressing. The adoption of renewables to meet environmental targets makes balancing supply and demand difficult for utilities, because renewable energy sources provide intermittent power generation. At the same time, demand side management requires tools enabling consumers to better monitor and manage their energy consumption. The provision of tariff information based on time for example, will support ‘peak shaving’ schemes, whereby the consumer is able to purchase power from the utility when tariffs are low, while giving them the ability to turn-off appliances.
However, the most important consideration for any smart grid strategy is that in the same way as a consumer should have the freedom to choose their vendor of electricity based on the most competitive price, they should also have the freedom to choose the best supplier of automation services for their electricity consumption. A smart meter supplied by the grid company that is a monopoly would not afford the consumer this choice. And a consumer able to request a home energy management tool based on their personal preferences is much more likely to use it effectively.
Essentially, the change in the energy mix requires smart metering that gives consumers right tools to move their consumption of electricity according to their requirements, preferences, and in response to periods of high or low supply. Crucially, metering must be the responsibility of the distribution system operator, not the retailer, if smart grids are to be implemented without compromising the important separation of transmission and distribution from generation and sales of electricity.