Call for more solar digitalisation

3/16/18, 2:02 PM -

Solar and digitalisation are the drivers of a cost-effective energy transition, market integration, smart services and smart grids. This was as strong message from the SolarPower Summit in Brussels.

Lively discussion about digitalisation at the Solarpower Summit in Brussels (from left): Aurélie Beauvais (Solarpower Europe), Megan Richards (EU Kommission), Mathilde Lallemand (ENTSO-E), Steve Blum (Smart Energy Council), Gregor Novak (Sun Contract), Leonardo Botti (ABB).
Lively discussion about digitalisation at the Solarpower Summit in Brussels (from left): Aurélie Beauvais (Solarpower Europe), Megan Richards (EU Kommission), Mathilde Lallemand (ENTSO-E), Steve Blum (Smart Energy Council), Gregor Novak (Sun Contract), Leonardo Botti (ABB).

"Solar is at the heart of the digitalisation of energy in Europe. Now we need the right regulatory framework to deliver the full potential of digital solar. We need policy makers to accelerate the deployment of smart grids, reform incentives for network operators and reward the speed and accuracy that solar can provide in grid supported services," said Aurélie Beauvais, Policy Director of SolarPower Europe at the SolarPower Summit in Brussels.

Use energy infrastructure more efficient

50 leading companies announced their support for further digitalisation of the solar and energy sector. SolarPower Europe's 'Go Digital' declaration was officially handed over to Megan Richards, Director of Energy Policy in DG Energy, European Commission. Key benefits are cost savings, market integration, sector coupling, more efficient grid integration and new business models. Digitalisation could for example make better use of existing grids, the declarations states. The uptake of smart demand response could save $270 billion of investments in energy infrastructure by 2040, the declaration says by reference to a report of the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Opening the door for sector coupling

Alexander Naujoks, Executive Vice President Human Resources and Public Affairs at SMA Solar Technology AG, commented "New digital technologies are breaking down the traditional boundaries within the energy sector, opening the door to a new era of flexibility. Smart demand response, sector coupling and energy systems 4.0 - these are opportunities we must take to fast-track the clean energy transition". Naujoks added 'Digitalisation of the power system has proved to be extremely efficient for network operation and integration of solar, reducing the need for curtailment and market distorting measures such as capacity markets. Our message to policy makers is to maximise the opportunities arising from digitalisation, this will increase the cost-efficient deployment of solar and renewables in Europe".

"The European Commission's Clean Energy legislative package is designed to ensure that the advantages of new and better technologies can bring the benefits of the clean energy transition to European citizens and consumers. The EU Energy Union strategy goes hand in hand with its Digital Single Market strategy, to drive forward progress" said Richards.

Combine blockchain with solar

Gregor Novak, CEO of Slovenian based Sun Contract sees also a huge potential to combine blockchain and digital solar services and platforms. This would offer huge opportunities also for a further democratisation of the energy transition and to strengthen prosumers, he said. (HCN)

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More useful information:

http://www.pveurope.eu/News/Markets-Money/Offer-new-digital-based-services-and-sell-solar-as-a-package

http://www.pveurope.eu/News/Solar-Generator/Digitalisation-and-energy-storage-as-drivers-for-solar

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