The joint webinar by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Enlit Europe and Initiate discussed how the 30 innovations identified by IRENA in its 'Innovation landscape for a renewable-powered future' project are accelerating the energy transition.
The webinar stressed the importance of a systemic innovation approach, meaning fostering innovation in four dimensions: enabling technologies, business models, market design and system operation. The role of those innovations were discussed in the context of the ongoing disruptive trends in the power sector:
These trends are changing paradigms, unlocking system flexibility for a high share of VRE penetration. They are changing the roles and responsibilities of actors and opening doors to new entrants in the sector.
Nigel Blackaby, Content Director, Enlit Europe
Systemic innovation for a renewable-powered future, Dolf Gielen, Director Innovation and Technology, IRENA
Presentations on the three innovation trends in power sector:
Electrification: Mark McGranaghan, Vice President, Innovation, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Decentralisation: Michele Governatori, Professor of Environmental Economics & Resource Economics, University Suor Orsola Benincasa
Digitalisation: Maher Chebbo, Co-Chair of the ETIP SNET Digital Energy
Initiate, Vaitea Cowan, co-founder, Enapter
Panel discussion and Q&A
Annegret Groebel, Director of International Relations at the German Regulatory Authority BNetzA, CEER President
Norela Constantinescu, Manager, Research & Innovation, ENTSO-E
João Torres, CEO, EDP Distribuição
Enno Böttcher, CEO of NODES
Moderator: Nigel Blackaby, Content Director, Enlit Europe
Dolf Gielen, Director Innovation and Technology, IRENA
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