Decarbonising the energy sector by accelerating the adoption of renewable energy is essential to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. To meet the long-term goals of the agreement, the share of renewable energy in the world’s primary energy provision must be raised from the current 15% to 65% by 2050[1]. The required acceleration of the global shift to low carbon energy supply can only be achieved through a combination of clean energy generation, modern transmission technologies, and electricity grid interconnectivity, which all play important roles in the transition. The transition in the energy sector is well underway. However, due to its volatility of renewable energy generation, the integration of this non-controllable renewable energy faces severe challenges to the current energy system.

Many digital technologies play an important role in the energy transition by monitoring supply and demand, automatically flowing power through the grid to deliver more reliable energy supply, better forecasting consumption and generation from renewable sources as well as energy consumption to address the balance of energy generation and consumption.

 

[1] IEA: https://webstore.iea.org/download/summary/237?fileName=English-ETP-2017-ES.pdf

Nr Country/ region Short description Contribution to NDCs Type Technology deployed
E1 USA Brooklyn Microgrid, a community level small scale small grid application To facilitate integration of renewable energy; Technology deployment Blockchain
To enable community level of climate action.
E2 Brazil Smart Grid using LTE in Atibaia to improve efficiency of grid To improve efficiency of the electricity transmission; Technology deployment Fast Internet; IoT
To enable integration of renewable energy with existing system.
E3 Macedonia Renewable Energy Generation Forecast for Transmission System Operator (TSO) To enable deployment of small scale solar power plants and wind power plants Technology deployment; ICT Conceptual Framework
Policy initiative
E4 East Africa A company rents consumers a solar home system that comes with a battery, a charge controller, a solar panel, LED bulbs and a mobile charger. Consumers use basic mobile phones, widespread in East Africa, to make payments on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. To increase power generation capacity in a sustainable way. Financing Digital access
E5 Sub-Sahara African (SSA) Pico Solar power or pico pv, that uses small compact and light weight solar photovoltaic panels to generate just a few watts of power in a wide range of small and portable applications has seen a rapid update in SSA. A major factor contributing to the trend is new mobile phone and mobile banking payment systems that have greatly increased the number of people that can access and pay for these relatively low-cost devices. To provide clear and sustainable energy to home for cooking and other basic functions. Financing Digital access
E6 The Netherlands More than 43% of Dutch households cannot install solar panels because they live in apartments, do not own the building or have too much shade on their rooftop. WeShareSolar connects site owners who have a suitable roof (but are not able to invest in solar themselves) with consumers that want to buy a solar panel but do not have a suitable roof. To contribute to the country’s commitment to increase of renewable energy target to 32% by 2030. Financing Digital Access

 

 

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