From the world’s first live total -concept smart grid to a real life smart energ y services demonstration.
By Albert van den Noort, Project manager PowerMatching City – DNV KEMA.
Smart Energy and the energy transition
The energy landscape is changing worldwide. The policy of many governments and organisations over the years has become increasingly focused on creating a more sustainable energy system. End users too are making increased efforts to produce sustainable energy at the lowest possible cost. Within ten to twenty years this will lead to a major change in the fuel mix and substantially contribute to decentralised power generation of the energy supply. Consequently, the role of the end user will change to that of an essential player.
Smart grids will play a key role in the energy supply of the future. Technological innovations and new services must keep our future energy system affordable and reliable, and must facilitate the transition to sustainable energy. The essential components of these smart grids will be decentralised power generation, its storage and integration into the regular power grid, interaction with the end user and two-way traffic between energy users and among suppliers themselves. Indeed, a more fitting name for a new system like this is ‘smart energy’.