Technology Innovations: Wind Grid-based
Day: Tuesday, 6th October 2015
Time: 9:30 – 11:00
Room: Ballroom West
2014 was a record year for the wind industry, as annual installations crossed the 50 GW mark for the first time. More than 51 GW of new wind power capacity was brought on line, a sharp (44%) rise in comparison to 2013, when global installations were just over 35.6 GW. The new global total at the end of 2014 was 369.5 GW, representing cumulative market growth of more than 16%. There are now commercial wind power installations in more than 90 countries, employing over 1 million people.
There are several key trends in the wind industry, such as the following: Firstly, key innovations in recent years, in particular the development of low wind speed turbine designs, have opened up new areas for wind power development, as taller towers and longer blades have increased energy yield substantially. Secondly, electricity generation costs from wind continue to come down, and wind power is the cheapest way to add new generation to the grid in a large (and increasing) number of markets. Thirdly, increased experience with large penetrations of wind power, have shown that large quantities of variable generation can be integrated while maintaining system stability. This can be achieved through ‘grid-friendly’ turbines, a good geographic spread of installations, and intelligent system design.
Questions to be addressed by the session
- What is wind power’s role in a 100% renewable energy economy?
- Is the REIPPPP in South Africa an emergent example of sustainable development and people-planet-prosperity?
- How replicable is the REIPPPP model on socio-economic development around wind farms into Africa?
- What should the role be of community involvement/ownership?
- What is the role of multi-laterals (World Bank, AFD, DFI’s etc.) in supporting national treasuries that underwrite long term Power Purchase Agreements that enable the roll out of bankable wind and other RE projects? How can the contingent liability be taken off the balance sheets?
- What will the value be of wind power in other energy constrained economies in Africa?
- Mr. Steve Sawyer, Secretary-General, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)
- Mr. Johan Van den Berg, Chairman of Board & CEO, South African Renewable Energy Council & South African Wind Energy Association, South Africa
- Ms. Stefanie Bourne, Senior Consultant, DNV GL
- Ms. Ayanda Nakedi, Senior General Manager: Renewables Business Unit, Eskom, South Africa
- Mr. George Pergamalis, Head Business Development Africa & Middle East, Enel Green Power, South Africa
- Mr. FlemmingSchlier, Advisor, VESTAS, South Africa