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Global effort to speed up clean energy transition

Posted on 03 Nov 2020 and read 475 times
Global effort to speed up clean energy transitionLeading power system operators have teamed up and joined forces with research institutions including Imperial College London (ICL) to accelerate the ‘green’ energy transition.

Launched last month, the Global Power System Transformation Consortium (G-PST) aims to enable the integration of clean energy into power systems at an unprecedented scope and scale, contributing to a 50% reduction in emissions of all pollutants over the next ten years.

The CEOs of six of the world’s leading power system operators — the Australia Energy Market Operator (AEMO), Great Britain’s National Grid ESO, the California Independent System Operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Ireland’s EirGrid, and Denmark’s Energinet – are leading the consortium.

Audrey Zibelman, CEO of AEMO, said: “Countries around the world are looking to pursue a path to modern, low-emissions energy systems, but face significant challenges in acquiring and applying the technical knowledge needed to operate and plan rapidly transforming power systems.”

Clean energy transitions

This consortium will help meet this need by engaging key power system operators, applied research and educational institutions, governments, businesses, and stakeholders from developed and developing countries to accelerate clean energy transitions at the ambitious scope and scale that is required.

The founding system operators are partnering with more than 25 prominent system operators from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and other regions as well as renowned research and educational institutions to help realise G-PST’s ambition.

Experts from ICL form part of the consortium’s core technical team, which also includes the Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG), the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the ASEAN Center for Energy (ACE), among others.

Professor Tim Green, Energy Futures Lab co-director at ICL’s energy institute, said: “The launch of G-PST is a thrill for us at ICL because we have been working toward this point for more than a year.”

“We have been helping to shape G-PST’s research agenda through a series of discussions with colleagues around the world, in particular exploring how the new reliance on inverter-based resources challenges some of the core ideas that have been used in the past to operate power systems and compels us to look for new control and optimisation approaches.”

ICL is also leading the consortium’s initiative on workforce development, which will see power system academics collaborating on a new university curriculum and developing upskilling programmes for system operator staff.

It is hoped the consortium’s collaborative approach and global ambition will ensure that energy system innovations are shared quickly and widely, enabling their rapid application throughout the world.

Key sponsors and partners of the G-PST Consortium include Wellspring Climate Initiative, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), BMWi (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs, Germany) and Energy Innovation.