On September 15 and September 29, QuinteQ Energy, in close collaboration with key partners and contributors, organized and hosted a series of webinars around the topic of microgrids. The introduction event took place on September 15 and the Deeper Dive on September 29. Please see below for a recap, videos and supporting materials from these sessions.
Between both events, we were able to bring together a world-class audience of 300+ sustainable energy and energy transition supporters to learn from an international panel of experts about how to boost resilience through military & humanitarian, islands & remote and commercial & industrial microgrid.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 –
THE NEXT BIG THING IN ENERGY, HOW MICROGRIDS ARE TAKING OVER THE WORLD
On September 15, the keynote was provided by Peter Asmus, an internationally renowned authority in the field of microgrids. Peter will be sharing a global perspective on microgrids, recent developments and future resource and deployment trends.
Following this introduction, the session zoomed in on 3 distinct microgrid categories, each presented by subject matter experts in their respective fields:
I) Island & Remote Microgrids by Leon Pulles,
II) Military & Humanitarian Microgrids by Lt. Col. Paul van der Heul
III) Commercial & Industrial Microgrids by Jillis Raadschelders.
Peter Asmus: “Microgrids will be necessary to keep our business going. Microgrids benefit emergency systems and hospitals.”
Leon Pulles: “We need a system change. Investing in microgrids is complex because it is about a system.”
Ltcol Paul van der Heul: “Microgrids are not the silver bullet. You have to integrate them in the systems.”
Jillis Raadschelders: “The ‘next-next’ big thing in energy are connected microgrids operating ogether. Energy hubs wille enable energy stabilization.”
SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 –
THE DEEPER DIVE, HOW MICROGRIDS ARE TAKING OVER THE WORLD
During the follow-up event on September 29th, we have taken an even deeper dive in sharing practical cases and hands-on experience from people involved in designing, developing and operating microgrids as well as people creating the enabling conditions for microgrids to be deployed.
As with the first event on September 15th, we zoomed in on 3 distinct microgrid categories, each presented by an international panel in the respective fields: I) Island & Remote Microgrids, II) Military & Humanitarian Microgrids and III) Commercial & Industrial Microgrids.
Panel Leader and Managing Partner Energy Investment Management
Yunizar Natanael Pragistio (Indonesian Energy Transition Network)
Panel Leader and Lt. Col. with the Royal Netherlands Army
Relevant information links:
- https://dchi.nl/initiatives/energy/ (general information on Humanitarian Energy work by DCHI)
- https://source2gather.com/ (where specific energy challenges by humanitarian organisations are being shared and calls are placed for collaboration)
- an acceleration program on this theme. (DCHI / RVO)
- Impact fest 27 October– Sign up free
Panel leader and Business Director Energy Transition, DNV-GL
Join us in developing a Microgrid movement
The comfort and assurance of a very stable grid on the European mainland has made us complacent and given us a false sense of energy security, assuming the power grid will always be on and will always work flawlessly. However, with the increasing penetration of renewables and continuous electrification of key-functions in society, serious grid congestion issues and resulting energy imbalances are increasing dramatically. Looking at countries with a less reliable grid, including islands nations and remote developing nations, can teach us what works and what doesn’t as the world shifts toward a more resilient and sustainable energy future via microgrids.
Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has also demonstrated that heavy reliance on centralized support systems leads to undesired interdependence and vulnerabilities in society’s key-functions and supply chains. Decentralized energy systems – such as microgrids – will help reduce such risks and improve the resilience of people and communities, both off-grid and grid-connected.
That’s why we will be working with the network created through these events to establish and build out a microgrid community. The goal is to continue to connect, share and expand the development and introduction of microgrids, across the globe. It was a fascinating process to bring together – in two online events – such renowned experts from Island & Remote, Military & Humanitarian and Commercial & Industrial microgrid backgrounds.
For now, a big thank you to all participating partners, panel leaders and panel members for supporting the effort and stay tuned for more movement!
The QuinteQ Team