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Sufficient and effective physical infrastructure—either electricity cables or gas pipelines—is vital for a successful energy transition. But the planning and building of any new such infrastructure has not received the attention it deserves with most debates focussing on the scaling up of renewable energies or on market rules for power, gas and hydrogen.
With the goal of practically eliminating gas from the energy mix and depending on electrons for our power, scaling back the pipelines and extending the cables over the next two decades is a huge undertaking.
In this special live podcast—recorded at an event organised by Agora Energiewende, the Regulatory Assistance Project, Energy Cities and FORESIGHT Climate and Energy—we discussed how moving away from fossil fuels is more than just a fuel change.
Our guests on the podcast this week are Dennis Hesseling, head of gas, coal and power at the International Energy Agency; Katharina Umpfenbach, head of infrastructure and energy systems at the German energy agency, Dena; and Michael Liebriech, CEO of Liebreich Associates, managing partner of EcoPragma Capital and host of rival energy podcast, “Cleaning Up – Leadership in an Age of Climate Change”.
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Green hydrogen's role in the energy transition is a given, but just how far and how fast the technology will spread remains up for debate
By the end of this decade, Denmark aims to be a net exporter of green energy and fuels, helping Europe meet its net zero ambitions while curbing the reliance on energy imports. It rests on a massive expansion in both renewable energy generation and electrolysers as well as hydrogen infrastructure
Grids need to accommodate a host of new and variable low-carbon assets, but who should manage how they operate and what they get paid remains a thought exercise despite the changes already happening
Seeking cheaper alternatives to expensive and time-consuming physical upgrades, grid operators are increasingly turning to digital solutions. While some projects are already underway, slow-changing regulatory frameworks mean the rollout is sluggish
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On Canada's East Coast, investment and interest in green hydrogen is increasing, fueled by government policy and the promise of an energy transition at home and abroad
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The term “electrolyser” covers technologies with varying capabilities and degrees of suitability for different applications that power-to-X project developers should be aware of, says Stephan Kim from Green Hydrogen Systems
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