Convergence is the foundation that Enlit is built on
Enlit Europe director Paddy Young believes the convergence question is the ideal first topic for our What If series, because it sums up the evolution of the energy sector.
“Convergence is inevitable and essential – and it is the powerful foundation that Enlit will be built on,” he says.
However, he adds that although he finds the word ‘convergence’ both powerful and dynamic, he finds it “hard to picture the idea of all these disparate elements coming together”.
Instead, he finds it easier to visualise a “system of systems – or a whole system approach. The concept of one system demonstrates inclusivity.”
"Convergence will need innovation in regulation, technology, business models and young talent"
He says that for Europe to hit its carbon-neutrality targets between now and 2050, “utilising and developing current assets in the most cost-efficient way is essential”.
Sector coupling and the whole power-to-X developments really point the way to a whole system approach. A digitised, increasingly green and renewable gas, electricity, heating and cooling system, linked with an overlaying data system, will accelerate the energy transition.”
He says that in the broadest sense, a “resilient system that maximises energy efficiency will help decarbonise commercial property, industry and the transportation sector”.
And he adds that this whole system approach “will need innovation in many ways: regulatory, technological, and in business and financial models, as well as through young talented people entering the sector”.
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