Therefore, the smart energy system of the future that can provide flexibility and security of supply at an acceptable cost needs to be one that is well thought out and utilises every element of the energy system in the best possible way.
At Ramboll, we see the energy system as consisting of four energy carriers:
- the electrical system,
- the gas network,
- the district heating network and
- the district cooling network.
Traditionally, the four energy carriers are considered separate and have not been thought together. However, they are connected as different technologies brings us from one energy carrier to the other. Combined heat and power production can for instance bring us from the gas network to the electrical and district heating network, and a synthetic gas plant (so-called Power-to-Gas) can convert electricality to gas (e.g. hydrogen). Therefore, one energy carrier can be used as storage for another, and the four energy carriers can provide flexibility to one another.
In conclusion, a smart energy system requires a farewell to thinking in silos and a hello to a holistic view on how energy is produced, consumed and stored across the energy carriers.
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Tina Kramer Kristensen
Global Director, Energy Systems
+45 51 61 81 84
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