According to Huawei Technologies Hungary, the performance of installed power plants is growing steadily in both the industrial and residential segments, and this year the solar boom has started in a new area: the demand for solar energy storage is jumping significantly due to rising energy prices.
At the Huawei Tech4Green – Digital Power Summit, key players in government, industry and academia discussed the renewable energy market and the growing role and potential of technology in the environment, the circular economy and energy production and storage. territory.
„A successful energy policy simultaneously promotes security of supply, affordable prices and sustainability. To find a balance between these often conflicting expectations, the government is reviewing the National Energy Strategy in the light of new challenges. Our long-term ambitions remain unchanged, with a 2050 deadline for achieving climate neutrality. We plan to get at least 21 percent of total consumption from renewable sources by the beginning of the next decade. After 2030, the increase in consumption in excess of 2005 can only be covered by carbon-neutral solutions”
– said László Palkovics, Minister of Technology and Industry, at the conference.
In the coming years, it would be necessary to build 100 megawatts of energy storage capacity in Hungary in order for the new solar cell investments to continue at the pace of the recent period and for the 630 Hungarian solar cell target to be reached by 2030. The increasingly burdensome network fluctuations caused by solar power plants can be balanced by energy storage, which is one of the keys to the transition of households and organizations to renewables in the long run. The technology is available, but further regulatory changes and incentives would be needed to allow energy storage to enter and operate profitably in the market for system-level services, as in international models. Storing energy locally would not only be good because of grid stability, it would also make it more predictable for power plant owners to know how much electricity is being fed into the grid.
„We already have the technology, and legal, market and energy trade regulations will follow this sooner or later. It is not necessary to change solar targets, but to create a system and regulatory environment that allows the integration of existing technologies”
Said Radoslaw Kedzia, vice president of Huawei Technologies’ North and Central Europe region.
The solar boom is starting in a new segment
Energy storage is also key because the market-user demand is huge, the Hungarian solar capacity is expanding at a much faster pace than expected, while the flexibility of the system has not improved. In recent years, the performance of power plants has been steadily increasing, both in the case of industrial-scale power plants and in the residential segment. According to Huawei, four to five years ago, power plants with a capacity of 500 kilowatts were the most popular for industrial use, and 50 megawatts are already being built this year, covering more than 100 hectares. The situation is similar among the population: last year, the most popular systems were those with a 10 kW inverter, compared to 6-8 kW a year earlier.
Due to the drastic increase in energy prices, demand in the commercial-entrepreneurial segment may double or triple in 2022 compared to last year. The solar system is an increasingly attractive investment in the budgets of companies, while in the past institutions applied for and developed resources, now in the field of production, manufacturing and services, investments in solar panels have all increased on their own.
In his presentation, Péter Kaderják, the managing director of the Hungarian Battery Association, also emphasized the importance of grid energy storage:
„Energy storage is a key technology of the green switchover, as part of which battery energy storage and related industry investments have started to grow significantly in Hungary in the recent period. However, in order to further develop and maintain adequate industrial performance, in addition to local production and assembly, products developed in Hungary must be sought. Renewable energy systems, whether for industrial, domestic and transport use, are highly dynamic segments, and in order to provide capacity and develop flexibility, a significant amount of tender support is expected in the future specifically for the construction of energy storage facilities.”
The CEO welcomed the fact that Huawei was a founding member of the organization and is still the only one in the alliance with expertise in both solar inverter technology and energy storage technology.
MI and cloud computing help with self-sustaining energy management
In the residential solar market, the demand for so-called hybrid inverters has increased significantly. These are devices to which a solar energy storage device can already be connected. In the case of households, the need for self-sufficiency is becoming more tangible, with many systems already being designed so that they can be expanded later. Anyone who only covers their electricity consumption from solar energy today is already thinking that in the future they will produce the energy for heating themselves or even charging their electric car in a few years. Technology can also be of great help to households in their transition to self-sufficiency. For example, Huawei’s latest artificial intelligence (MI) and cloud-based smart solar energy management service enables you to manage your energy based on your household energy demand, consumption, grid information, current and expected weather, and helps you compute at the most optimal time possible. use energy (for example, charge the e-car when it is cheapest).
Digitization and greening go hand in hand
The use of new, advanced technologies is therefore one of the cornerstones of achieving carbon neutrality and sustainable economic growth. In addition, it is at least as important that the infocommunications sector itself is based on green technology. Due to new technologies driving the digital transition of companies – 5G, virtual and augmented reality applications, IoT devices – the demand for data is growing rapidly. The number of data centers and devices is growing, requiring much more energy locally.
“The infocommunications sector, through its own greening, can also play a key role in accelerating the transformation of other industrial sectors towards higher levels of digitalisation and lower carbon emissions.”
– said Tamás Bóday, Huawei’s head of integrated services.
A 5G base station that generates power itself
One of the excellent examples of the greening of the ICT sector in Hungary is the recently launched large-scale energy efficiency project of the tower company Vantage Towers, which may affect nearly 2,000 base stations in Hungary in the future. As a first step, the company upgraded the energy systems of two base stations, one in Vác and one in Solymár, with Huawei’s intelligent solar solution.
„Thanks to the development, these devices have become self-sufficient in terms of energy, ie they not only run on renewable energy, but also generate extra energy in the event of the right weather. Compared to traditional technologies, each device that also serves 5G mobile networks saves twice as much energy per year as the average annual consumption of a Hungarian household, and is also able to produce as much energy plus the annual consumption of two households.”
– said Dr. Gergő J. Budai, President and CEO of Vantage Towers Hungary at the conference.
„This is a clear example of how infocommunication technology is doing what we can to live in a more sustainable world.”
Huawei’s Digital Power Solutions solutions are also used in many countries and regions around the world to help reduce our carbon footprint, improve energy efficiency, and ultimately make phone calls and Internet use more environmentally friendly.
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