DNV will open a new Strategic Research Unit at DNV KEMA's global headquarters in Arnhem, the Netherlands, which will focus exclusively on the further development of smart grids and super grids. Smart grids and super grids are key elements and a prerequisite to integrate large-scale renewable energy in the future energy system.
As the world prepares for an energy transition towards the low carbon economy, the share of renewables in the fuel mix is expected to grow strongly over the next decades. Smart grids and super grids are essential for the further development of our future energy system.
In November 2012, DNV KEMA already announced a $93.5 million investment in to expansion of its High-Power Laboratory to create the first laboratory in the world in the extreme testing segment for the upcoming market for super grids.
The success of the transition towards a sustainable energy system depends to a large extend on how the existing and new energy systems fit together. Generating power from renewable sources differs substantially from power generation from conventional sources.
Dominant forms of renewables such as wind and solar power are highly intermittent, so the need for more sophisticated power infrastructure and control systems is apparent. The call from different stakeholders in the global energy sector for grid flexibility and enabling power transport and distribution technologies, such as energy storage, smart grids and the expansion of the infrastructure with ultra high-voltage lines is evident, as they enable the energy transition.
The strategic research unit in Arnhem is set up to translate research knowledge into practical solutions and provide results to make the right decisions.