Interview Jochen Kreusel - ABB: "I expect to see a proliferation of renewable energy adoption, together with the uptake of e-mobility.''
What are you most eager to share & learn at KickStart Europe 2019?
Power systems are subject to a fundamental transformation, with dramatically increasing shares of renewable energies and distributed resources. This results in new services offered in electricity markets, but also in new demands from electricity markets, for instance for frequency control. For data center operators this means new opportunities, if they understand the electricity markets well. What are they looking for when it comes to energy, what new requirements are they facing? To what new approaches what they be open (e.g. bringing their UPS assets to electricity markets to generate additional revenues) and what concerns do they have?
Here at KickStart Europe, I'm eager to explain how the energy system is evolving, and what impact has on the data center business and solutions.
What future trends do you expect in 2019?
For the coming year(s), I expect to see a proliferation of renewable energy adoption, together with the uptake of e-mobility. New energy management solutions for commercial and industrial sites will take shape.
Moreover some fundamental techno-economic trends, primarily cost decrease of solar PV and batteries, will continue and result in an increasing number of new opportunities.
How do you prepare for these developments?
As ABB, we try to be a step ahead and be prepared. We continuously monitoring the market, discuss with the stakeholders and adjusting our strategy and roadmaps. In addition, we introduced a long-term study work stream called “Power Systems of the Future”, in which we analyze how power systems with very high shares of renewable energies can be operated and what solutions will be required for that.
What is the biggest challenge for your industry?
As the biggest challenge, I see that we should all be ready to capture the various waves coming. The developments in renewables, e-mobility and new market designs shake up the industry and we should be prepared for all of these developments.
Another challenge is the adoption of digitalization and cybersecurity solutions across the segment; that will be a challenge in 2019 and beyond.