Introduction to the theme
Distributed energy generation: "The end of the grid as we know it?"
The power sector is witnessing a complete transformation: electricity used to be exclusively generated by large centralised conventional power plants and transported unilaterally from high voltage lines to low voltage lines and eventually to the end-consumers.
Over the past years, the costs of renewable energy sources (RES) - solar panels, geothermal and wind - have been falling dramatically. The large-scale deployment of RES leads to a less carbon-intensive and more intermittent power generation that is more distributed across the grid.
In parallel to that, Demand Response Mechanisms are getting more mature and flexibility mechanisms are becoming increasingly popular. Also, the cost of batteries has decreased sharply, thereby likely enabling more local energy storage in the near future in an economical way.
During the case, we will ask you to build your own vision of this future and to prepare a pitch for one of the following sub-themes (which you can freely choose as a team).