Technology Innovations: Wind Hybrid
Day: Tuesday, 6th October 2015
Time: 11:30 – 13:00
Room: Hall 1A
For economic, environmental and social reasons, there is a global trend towards energy systems based on 100% renewable energies. Naturally, such systems comprise a combination of the different renewable energy technologies, together with other flexibility options such as storage.
Today, 1.3 billion people still don’t have access to electricity. Providing these people with electricity is a big challenge but also creates huge development opportunities. However, in most areas centralised grids will not be able to reach many of these communities in the foreseeable future, in part because infrastructure costs are very high. For such areas, hybrid systems are the better suited and a more cost-competitive solution. In general, for hybrid power systems all areas without electricity supply from integrated networks but with demand for electrification can be identified as potential markets.
As to financing, challenges are on several levels: Firstly, electrifying villages is challenging, mainly because of the high upfront investment necessary. In order for private-sector initiatives to be successful, government support will often be required. Secondly, when it comes to the operationalisation, assistance could come in the form of setting tariffs that would have to face the double-challenge of being high enough to make the operators and a guaranteed level of Return on Investment, while being low enough for households and productive users of energy in those rural areas to have access to that energy. Thirdly, the productive use of energy is as (if not more) important as the process of making it available and it should be fostered in order to be used in a productive way such that the communities really see their lives changing.
Questions to be addressed by the session
1. How to improve availability of finance, via governments, the private sector and the international finance architecture? Could there be more support for investment in hybrid systems, through setting of tariffs, micro-credit schemes, and through internationally backed programmes such as the Green Climate Fund?
2. How can local productive initiatives be encouraged that support the productive use of energy? How to set best practice standards?
3. Which policies would be appropriate to support the establishment of a local supply chains for hybrid systems?
4. How can the quality of the technical equipment available in a country be ensured? Which international standards need to be applied, which standards require amendments?
5. How could international programmes support capacity building and knowledge transfer?
- Mr. Stefan Gsänger, Secretary General, World Wind Energy Association (WWEA)
- Mr. Morten Petersen, Chair, Danish Small Wind Association, Denmark
- Ms. DipoleloElford, Member and former Chairperson, South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), South Africa
- Mr. Tetsunari Iida, Chairperson and Founder, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies, Japan
- Mr. GadiHareli, CEO, Israeli Wind Energy Association, Israel
- Mr. André Otto, Technical Advisor Renewable Energy, SANEDI, South Africa
Closing remarks:Hon. Dr.NalediPandor, MP, Minister of Science and Technology, South Africa (tbc)