MEE 2021: Grid upgrades essential for energy transition

MEE 2021: Grid upgrades essential for energy transition

1 Jun 2021

The falling cost of renewable energy solutions and battery storage has seen a large rise in projects, but in many cases distribution grids have not been upgraded to cope with this surge, Dr. Frank Umbach, Research Director at the Centre for Energy Security Studies told Middle East Energy 2021

The falling cost of renewable energy solutions and battery storage has seen a large rise in projects, but in many cases distribution grids have not been upgraded to cope with this surge according to Dr. Frank Umbach, Research Director at the Centre for Energy Security Studies.

Speaking at the Middle East Energy Online 2021 conference, Dr. Umbach cited Germany as an example of a country that has seen a huge rise in renewable projects over the last decade. He told delegates that while the country was now generating 40 per cent of its electricity via renewable energy, there was still major issues in the national grid as a result of inadequate planning.

“There is a problem transporting [renewable energy] as the [German] grids have not been updated due to issues such as the elongated planning procedures and opposition in urban areas,” Umbach said. 

The official said that the lower cost of batteries was allowing for more large-scale storage projects being installed, but urged governments to plan grid upgrades alongside new renewable projects. 

Middle East Energy Online 2021 is being held over a four-week period from 17 May to 9 June.

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