Jornada AEEE – Jóvenes y no tan jóvenes del sector

Organiza: Sección de estudiantes y jóvenes de la AEEE y Enerclub

Fecha: 19/09/2013

Lugar: Club Español de la Energía

cabecera AEEE

Resultó una jornada muy entretenida, e interesante, por las diversas opiniones que se defendieron en las mesas redondas. Incluida una anecdótica intervención que recojo como insólita; Una persona, explicando la tendencia hacia mayores costes fijos en la factura, indicó a los asistentes que quizás “estamos yendo hacia un nuevo concepto de eficiencia energética, en la que un padre no le dice a su hijo que apague la luz para ahorrar sino que le dice; niño, enciende más luces” Desde luego un nuevo concepto, tan nuevo como contrario al significado de eficiencia energética…

Aparte de esta “genialidad”, quiero resaltar en mi blog la participación de Miguel Ángel Fernández-Ordoñez, que con claridad y autoridad defendió las bondades de la competencia y de la huida de la competencia, para acabar con los problemas actuales del sistema energético español. La regulación debe fomentar la competencia, para lograr una mayor eficiencia en el sistema y que ésta se traslade al consumidor. Esta regulación debe ser realizada por las personas con mayor cualificación y con independencia del poder político. Además, la política de “campeones nacionales” es ineficiente y según se ha demostrado, una política que defienda un mejor mercado hace empresas más competitivas y más grandes. Es decir, obtiene mejores resultados que la defensa de las grandes empresas. En concreto en el mercado eléctrico, la integración también equivale a competencia, es decir, un operador/planificador de infraestructuras de red único europeo y la ampliación de las inteconexiones.

No fueron estos los únicos comentarios relevantes, por eso tan pronto tenga el link a la transcripción, la colgaré en este post.

Gridscale PV Lyon – Utility scale Solar – MegaPV

Organized by: ACI

Date & venue: 24-25 April 2013, Lyon

This event was an interesting opportunity for investors, developpers, technical advisors, panelists and utilities to share knowledge and ideas for the development of utility scale and MegaPV Plants.

I want to highlight and share what is a main and public topic related to utility scale Solar Plants. In order for Solar Plants to compete in the electrical market with ordinary/traditional power plants and replace progressively obsolete technologies, solar must not only be grid compliant, but start offering control power and ancilliary services. An easy guess (based on the evolution of the technology) is that in the near future these services will be provided by solar, and in general renewable plants, even improving those of traditional power plants.

Lyon

Technologies that can enable better control power and services include advanced power electronics and control on the inverters, Facts, flywheels, DC powerplants, hybridation of power plants, virtual power plants, power limitation or energy storage. The advanced prediction of resource with different time lapses is key for the controllability and marketization of the generation. Reliable prediction allows the market integration specially for the services.

But it is more than a question of technology, plant and control design, also the regulatory framework is key. Grid codes have to be aligned with the interest of the grid (capacity, reliability, competition, efficiency, sustainability), and markets have to be shaped also for optimizing the transparency, reliability, efficiency and competition. For example, if control power is contracted by blocks of hours it is not as open for solar control power as if it is for single hours. Another, if tender capacities are tendered weekly, it is an entrance barrier whereas if they are tendered daily.

In summary, there are already hardware and software technologies allowing utility scale to add another benefits to sustainability and competitiveness. With appropriate regulatory frameworks, utility PV ancilliary services and control power offering will grow fast.

YEEES Vienna PhD Day

Organized by: Student Chapter of the Austrian Association for Energy Economics

Date & venue: March 2013, Vienna, TU Wien

The aim of the event, as expressed in the call for papers, was to give PhD-students the opportunity to present their work in detail including a comprehensive feedback of senior researchers and professors in the field of energy economics.

For myself it was a very positive experience, for many reasons, I’d like to share my impression and recommend it to other fellow PhD students;

  • It is a great opportunity to present work in progress or a research paper and get very valuable feedback. The feedback is not only from professors, but also from peers, so you get inputs from researchers in the same field or using the same methodologies.
  • As other researchers present their work, you get ideas from methodologies or approaches and get additional contacts for the development of your work, as well as inputs from informal exchanges.
  • A seminar gets you away from daily work and research, where you might think new ideas for your work. You might also get interest in additional research and innovative topics.
  • As in my case, research is quite “lonesome”, getting together with fellow PhD students who share similar difficulties is motivational.
  • ..and of course it’ an opportunity to go out for dinner, some drinks and enjoy.

I’m more used to commercial congresses and conferences, so it was quite different, without the sales pressure and time stress to get business contacts and leads. If anything I missed was an additional entrepreneurial spin to orient research to business.

In short, it was a great and useful experience and highly recommended.