28 Apr '14, 1pm

Nice Grid Offers a Glimpse into the Future for Solar PV Plus Energy Storage

According to Patrick Plas, SVP of Grid Power Electronics and Automation with Alstom Energy, the project sets out to address four challenges facing the grid side of the energy industry today. “There is an increasing demand for energy, which is then translated into investment in generation and investment in infrastructure.” By 2023, he said, North America energy demand is expected to increase by 27 percent (22 percent in the US), with Latin America growing by 78 percent, Europe growing by 22 percent and Asia, the Middle East and Africa growing by triple digits – 156, 115, and 110 percent respectively. “The growth is huge” and this is the first challenge in front of today’s electricity grids. In the Nice Grid the post office roof is covered with solar panels. Credit: Xavier Ferrandez/Alstom. That growth represents a $12 trillion market for both generation and infrastructure. ...

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