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What If  We Accelerated Energy Innovation?

Existing technologies alone will not deliver the energy transition at the pace that is needed. We need greater innovation. How do we unlock greater innovation in the energy sector?

 

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What Our Community Says

 

I have seen a paradigm shift in the way the energy sector approaches innovation. We see more and more cross-sector innovation initiatives: companies that were viewed as a potential threat to the very existence of utilities now collaborate with many of them on smart engagement with consumers.

Paddy Young, Director, Enlit Europe

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Paddy Young, Director, Enlit Europe

 

The power sector has always been an innovation leader and has delivered unprecedented change over the last 2 decades. But whilst large OEMs continue playing a major role, the decentralisation of energy systems has opened up a different path to innovation at a micro level, that looks both at grid and generation, as well as demand and supply side in a more integrated way. To accelerate further, policymakers will need to work on the risk-reward balance. In many countries, the power sector is still too protectionist of the status quo and governments protect obsolete technologies. That heavily discourages true innovation and entrepreneurial behavior.

Joerg Gmeinbauer, Vice-President, Marketing & Sales, Bureau Veritas

 

Joerg Gmeinbauer, Vice-President, Marketing & Sales, Bureau Veritas

 

Greater Innovation can be unlocked by stronger partnerships, between energy actors, tech startups, and R&D institutes. International cooperation and open-innovation will be accelerators to bridge gaps and make the energy transition faster, easier and cheaper.

Edouard Sauvage, CEO, GRDF (Gaz Réseau Distribution France)

 

Edouard Sauvage, CEO, GRDF

When faced with an existential threat like Covid-19, hospitals are built in days, global PPE production is ramped-up, billions of dollars are pledged for vaccine research and development timelines are slashed. If the same effort and commitment was given to renewable energy technology development, just imagine how quickly we could achieve a carbon-neutral energy system and defeat another existential risk.

Nigel Blackaby, Associate Editor, Power Engineering International

Nigel Blackaby, Associate Editor, Power Engineering International

 

Today, the energy sector is one of the most dynamic businesses. 

Progressive players are combining the disruptive potential of renewable energies and digitalisation.

To unleash the full potential of these innovations, open markets and up-to-date regulation is key.

Matthias Zelinger, Managing Director, VDMA Power Systems

Matthias Zelinger, Managing Director, VDMA Power Systems

The energy sector is facing an uncertain transition, from the traditional vision with few big players and reduced use of technologies to a much larger number of players and distributed generation turning around everything. New market entrants for this big change are needed, facing innovative solutions for the smart communities, smart grids, energy storage or big data management. The changes in the energy sector will have to take care of the customer personal data protection, write new regulations for the new conditions, find the cost-effective products and be able to market the specific solutions for each need.

Francisco Puente, Business Development and Projects Director, Escan energy consulting

Francisco Puente, Business Development and Projects Director, Escan energy consulting

 

Technology related to Energy Transition is a powerful tool to accelerate innovation, but technology without finance is not enough.

 

Sergio Olivero, Head Finance & Business Innovation Unit, Energy Center - Politecnico di Torino; ETIP SNET WG1

Sergio Olivero, Head Finance & Business Innovation Unit, Energy Center - Politecnico di Torino; ETIP SNET WG1

 

More significant innovation can occur within the environments where implementation barriers are eliminated along the way, where large scale testbeds safe and secure testing of new solutions is enabled, where financial mechanisms can effectively support innovation at all stages and are dynamic.

Nathalie Samovich, Head of R&I, Enercoutim; ETIP SNET WG1

Nathalie Samovich, Head of R&I, Enercoutim; ETIP SNET WG1

 

The issue is not innovation per se, it is the roll-out of innovative solutions into the field. The valley of death is broad: large-scale prototype construction, and - especially - full-scale first-of-a-kind commercial plants (FOAKs).

Mark Howitt, CTO and Co-Founding Director, Storelectric Ltd; ETIP SNET WG1

Mark Howitt, CTO and Co-Founding Director, Storelectric Ltd; ETIP SNET WG1

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