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The European associations of distribution (DSO) and transmission system operators (TSO) are publishing today a set of general guidelines on how to reinforce cooperation across the two categories of power networks.

DSO/TSO cooperation is becoming acutely important as the European electricity system moves towards a more renewables-based system, decentralised generation and the involvement of increasingly active customers.

The general guidelines released today set the basis for ongoing and future cooperation between DSOs and TSOs on data management, active/reactive power management, and coordinated network development planning.

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Source: website Cedec.

03 09 2015

ENSEA’s final conference

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The final conference of theEuropean North Sea Energy Alliance, an EU-backed conference on the future of energy in Europe, was held in Edinburgh beginning of September. The two-day event – the first of its kind – attracted the interest of experts and delegates from across the globe. The current and future challenges which Energy Systems Integration requires to address at regional, inter-regional and international scales were presented and debated. Through practical and themed workshops an inter-sectoral ESI Agenda for the Future was developed. Scottish Renewables ran the event.

Using regions around the North Sea as a test-bed, the conference’s Scottish organisers have been working with partners from Norway, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark to explore how we make better use of our energy systems – electricity, heat and transport – to serve homes, business and public buildings.

Director of Policy Jenny Hogan told how changes in the way we live and work, and a desire to save money and cut carbon emissions, mean new ways of delivering the energy we use must be developed. She said: “Political events are changing the European energy landscape and have led to a new focus on getting secure, safe supplies of energy for the continent, while moving away from fossil fuels.”

“Adapting our energy systems and networks to become smarter and greener could solve so many of the problems we currently face as our lives become more dependent on harder-to-source energy. For example, allowing communities to produce their own electricity and biofuel, then use it to power their homes and cars, reduces the burden on both the electricity grid and takes tankers off the road network. Household batteries which store energy from rooftop solar panels and then use it to power an electric car similarly reduces the pressure on our national electricity grid and puts the consumer in charge of their own energy supply.”

“Spare electricity produced by a wind turbine can be used to create hydrogen gas, which can be stored and later used to power hydrogen buses.” On a grander scale, decommissioned oil and gas infrastructure can be repurposed and used for carbon capture and storage projects, reducing the carbon emissions from fossil fuel power stations. The opportunities which appear when we break down the barriers we’ve traditionally placed on energy are enormous.”


18th of June triple-helix stakeholders presented their views on the ongoing energy transition in the North Sea region. Representatives from appealing public-and private organisations as well as knowledge institutes elaborated on key step changes required to tackle bottlenecks in the current energy transition in North-Western Europe.

During this pragmatic conference high-level speakers explained their views on short- and long-term cooperation opportunities based on Energy System Integration thinking and reflect on the effectiveness of existing and future EU energy policy.

Energy transition in the North Sea Region

The North Sea Region has all the important variables in place to speed up the ongoing north-western European energy transition and become an example region for a truly effective energy transition, unparalleled in the world. Effective triple-helix cooperation, supported through pragmatic EU policy can make a significant contribution to realising and surpassing our Energy Union challenges.

Energy System Integration

The ongoing energy transition will push public and private stakeholders to take new roles in the changing energy system.  Energy System Integration provides a methodology for organising these processes efficiently on a regional, national and international level. In this process, demand driven knowledge development (based on integrated energy system thinking) will allow knowledge institutions and private stakeholders to respond cooperatively to opportunities and bottlenecks – often with technological, legal and/or economic characteristics.

During the 4rd Sino-German Energy Conference on ‘Underground clean energy systems and CCUS the University of Sichuan and ENSEA, representing the partners in Germany, Norway, Scotland and the Netherlands, signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The development of cultural and scientific cooperation is considered to be an advantage for both parties. Also the cooperation in energy research and development, especially in the area of System integration of renewable energy will be reinforced.

CO2 emission in China increased from 2500 Mt in 1991 to 10000 Mt in 2013, thus making China the world largest CO2 emitting country, while Germany, with 760 Mt per year, the largest emitter in Europe.

Both countries are together responsible for approximately 31.2% of the total CO2 global emission (29 and 2.2% for China and Germany, respectively). From a global point of view, CCS Technology in cooperation with China (68% primary energy consumption of carbon) could significantly contribute to environmental protection. Both countries plan to reduce CO2 emissions in spite of the continuous growth. Germany wants to reduce its emission by 40% until 2020 and China’s target is to reduce its carbon intensity by 40 to 45% till 2020 compared with the 2005 level.

Although to date China possesses only 6 natural gas stor-ages in porous media with a working gas volume of 1.0 Billion m3 in operation, it also owns 14 storages of natural gas in salt caverns with a working gas volume of approx. 380 Mio. m3 belong to a subproject of the famous West-East Pipeline Project consisting of exploitation and leaching caverns in Jintan (located between Shanghai and Nanjin). China will catch up significantly with Germany’s working gas volume within the next years. With regard to the third phase of the strategic oil reserves as well as the rapid rise of petroleum usage, China is compelled to construct much more storages of crude oil and natural gas than Germany in the foreseeable future.

ENSEA – MoU Sichuan 2015

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