Final March, lockdowns swept throughout Europe, forcing an eerie silence on among the world’s most iconic and bustling cities. It induced a steep drop in electrical energy consumption — placing stress on thermal turbines and giving renewables a higher share of the era combine.
“And all of that has actually supplied us a little bit of a glimpse of the long run to a time the place we could have way more versatile provide on the system and renewables might be persistently taking a a lot higher share of the market,” says Tom Heggarty, a principal analyst at Wooden Mackenzie.
The COVID-19 disaster proved that the European grid can deal with giant quantities of renewable vitality — at ranges we didn’t anticipate to see for one more 5 to 10 years.
So how will we take this information and sport out the long run?
For extra solutions, we flip to Jyrki Leino, a senior supervisor for enterprise growth at Wärtsilä. “We type of stepped to the long run immediately. We noticed the methods in a scenario the place [under] regular situations can be in 5 or 10 years’ time,” he says.
Jyrki and his crew at Wärtsilä needed to assist reply some easy questions: what occurs to European energy markets if the developments we noticed throughout the pandemic persist? And what occurs if renewables are assembly practically all load?
So that they constructed an open-data check setting, known as the Wärtsilä Power Transition Lab or WET Lab. It’s like a fact-based choose-your-own-adventure for vitality geeks. Or a crystal ball.
On this episode, dropped at you by Wärtsilä, we glance into that crystal ball.
Take a look at Wärtsilä’s Power Transition Lab to see the influence of COVID-19 on vitality markets, and for clues about Europe’s clear vitality transition. It’s an open-source knowledge set that anybody can use.