More power outages due to climate change and energy transition

Fri 14 June 2019

New applications for a more sustainable Netherlands, such as heat pumps and electric transport, follow each other at a rapid pace. At the same time, various changes regarding the energy transition also present challenges for the electricity and energy industry.

Since the introduction of the Energy Transition Progress Act in 2018, it is no longer mandatory that the electricity grid is always double protected. This is justifiable for cost reasons, but leads to a deterioration in the reliability of our electricity grid and an increased risk of failure due to a single outage.

Dependent on water

The changing climate also entails risks for our energy supply, according to research from Leiden University. Electricity production is largely dependent on water. Longer periods of drought and the rising temperature ensure that there is not always enough cooling water. As a result, power plants may have to reduce their production or, in extreme cases, even shut it down.

Quality and security of electricity is essential

Monitoring the reliability of electricity will become an increasing challenge in the coming years. Disruptions, reduced capacity or overload cannot be avoided. In order to minimize the impact for businesses and citizens, knowledge of maintaining power quality and the optimal use of security measures is becoming increasingly important.

Are you involved in the electricity grid, electrical installations and their security or quality management? This fall there are a number of interesting courses to follow. On 24 and 25 September you can learn all about Power Quality under the supervision of prof. dr. Sjef Cobben (Eindhoven University of Technology). On 21 and 22 November, under the supervision of dr. Marjan Popov (TU Delft), you can gain the most up-to-date knowledge about the Beveiliging van elektriciteitsnetten (Dutch course). During the courses you can introduce a case so that you can immediately apply the acquired knowledge to your own work situation.

Other interesting courses:

Electromagnetic compatibility
Master lectures Electrical Engineering Delft University of Technology and Eindhoven University of Technology
Blootstelling aan elektromagnetische velden (Dutch course)

Source: AD and

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