The European power sector is undergoing a period of rapid transformation. Power generation has become progressively more decarbonised, distributed and renewable. Wind power and solar photovoltaics have formed part of this trend and will continue to dominate in the future. As these sources increase in market share, so too will the volatility of the power system supply-side. In parallel, power systems are increasingly digitalised and interconnected with other sectors and infrastructure. Information Communication Technologies (ICT) have opened new possibilities in the active management of power systems and strengthened the ability of the demand side to react to changes to the price of electricity. Standards offer the technical foundation for this transition. Our goal is to ensure a clean, smart and secure power system.
Hydrogen is often proposed as a promising solution for climate neutrality, especially in those sectors where electrification seems difficult to achieve, including heavy industry, maritime transport and aviation. But can it really save the day?
The simplest, lightest and most plentiful element in the universe, hydrogen quickly rose on the political agenda as an easy way to decarbonise energy systems. Unfortunately, it is rather far from being a clean solution.
Adopting sustainability requirements for batteries is crucial, as the electrification and decarbonisation of various sectors, such as mobility and energy storage, depends on the rechargeable battery technology.