Symposium on Distributed Solar Power Generation

The Symposium on Distributed Solar Power Generation, sponsored by Netbeheer Nederland, took place in the new Flux building on 15th of January 2015, the first symposium to be ever held in the new building.

The meeting was there to demonstrate the importance of photovoltaic (PV) systems but also to emphasize challenges with the introduction of a distributed electric power network. The symposium brings together professionals, students, researches and policy makers to communicate new knowledge and provoke participants to think about issues concerning the introduction of PV systems.

Nearly 70 participants took part in discussions about the future of PV systems, quality of service, human habits and possible solutions.

Over the course of the day, 5 presentations were given by experts on topics across the spectrum of PV systems. The first sessions of the symposium, presented by Sjef Cobben, laid out our most current knowledge and challenges, including:

  • What is the current state of PV and other renewable energy systems in The Netherlands?
  • Is it feasible to introduce PV systems into the national network efficiently?
  • Will quality of service suffer?
  • Can end users be made aware and be engaged in the efficiency of the national distribution network?
  • What challenges are there with the introduction of such systems?

Sjef presented the background for the research, solutions and challenges that would be presented throughout the symposium.

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Martijn Bongaerts from Netbeheer talked about the impact on local and national energy distribution networks if distributed PV systems would be introduced endlessly. He showed that the current infrastructure can accommodate the introduction of distributed PV systems upto a scale but would be problematic after that. Also the importance of energy storage systems and several other possible solutions were discussed.

After a short break Evert de Haan talked about reliability, sustainability and affordability of PV systems. Among other challenges, the upcoming popularity of electrical vehicle’s and the strain this popularity will cause onto the national distribution network was discussed. The importance of beter and intelligent data collection and also intelligent short and long-term balancing within the national network was presented.

Following Ton van de Ven of Alius Energy Systems presented the feasibility of energy neutral buildings by showing a building designed and built by Alius, sharing design decisions and elaborating on the consequences of these decisions. In general the feasibility of energy neutral buildings was demonstrated.

Finally Wim Sinke of ECN presented the future of PV systems in the global energy market and talked about the impact of the introduction of distributed PV systems onto the global market. The impact on local, national and global networks were discussed and the challenges of small scale as well as large scale industrialized power generation and storage was presented.

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As a closure, participants were presented with 6 theorems concerning the future of distributed PV systems. Participants were allowed to discuss these theorems among themselves during and interactive workshop and were asked to present their opinion concerning these theorems. After a lengthy discussion about these findings participants were invited to The “New” Walhalla were another first took place. The first ever drink was held in The “New” Walhalla were under the enjoyment of a cold drink participants discussed their findings.

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