• Powering grid transformation

    For over 100 years, we’ve been relying on the electrical grid. There have always been power challenges, but today they’re compounding faster than ever before as we race towards decarbonization. Read on to learn about the key issues and how we can help address them.

To decarbonize the energy supply chain, we can’t just look at power generation. Switching to green hydrogen, solar, wind, and other renewables is all well and good, but we also need to rethink power distribution. We must find new ways to integrate renewables effectively into both existing and future power grids. And that’s challenging not just because of the varied types of future power production, but also because of the sheer volume of generation.

In the London power network alone, a move from 300 to 3,000,000 sources of generation is expected—all on a network that was built decades ago and originally designed to be single-flow. Amid accelerating renewable energy production, more and more electric vehicles (EVs), and aging infrastructure, it’s essential to move to modernized ‘Grids of the Future’.

Amid accelerating renewable energy production, more and more electric vehicles, and aging infrastructure, it’s essential to move to modernized ‘Grids of the Future’.

 

Richard Ledgard, general manager, Systems and Services, Power Distribution Division, EMEA

One of the biggest drivers of change in today’s power grids is the tremendous impetus for direct current (DC) in the network. The rise of applications that natively produce or use DC power—including renewable generation, as well as electric vehicles and energy storage technologies—is causing a shift away from traditional alternating current (AC) technologies. To decarbonize the energy system, we must be able to harness these DC solutions. That will demand the seamless integration of new power converters, disconnectors, protection devices, and more.

Switches are another crucial technology for a low-carbon energy supply chain, especially as renewable solar arrays and wind turbines become a more common sight and excess energy is sold back into the grid. Right now, power grids are designed to be one-way. But in networks with a bidirectional electricity flow, the amount of switching must dramatically increase—not just to manage variable generation and complex power consumption, but also to protect the network itself.

Everything as a Grid

Everything as a Grid is our perspective on, and approach to, leading and managing the change in how energy is distributed and managed. Utility power once flowed in a single direction away from centralized sources. Today’s modern power flows bidirectionally, back and forth through the grid, between an increasing number of decentralized renewable generators, microgrid energy systems and electrical loads at the edge to offer cleaner, more reliable power across the world.

From supplying critical components, to integrating new technologies, we can help improve reliability and safety as the world moves fast to decarbonize the energy supply chain. We’re working on the technologies that tomorrow’s energy generators and energy users will depend on, and we have a great track record of solving tough challenges and pioneering new solutions.

It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to support this power revolution and to help create a low-carbon future. We’ll be able to make an innovative contribution to the future power grids enabling ubiquitous renewable generation, millions of electric vehicles, robust energy storage, and more—ultimately building a sustainable future for the next generation.

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  • Discover how utilities can proactively adopt grid modernization technologies to build resilient, efficient, and secure power networks

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  • See how a microgrid enabled our Wadeville site in South Africa to become self-sufficient in terms of energy consumption