With the growing world economy and the improving living standards in developing countries, the electricity sector is poised to see a rapid rise medium and long-term demand. Total consumption is expected to breach 40 trillion KWh by 2040, as against the present mark of 20 trillion KWh. The sector is going to see huge investments in a variety of domains, such as conventional sources, renewable energy, distributed generation, grid expansion, IT applications, smart grid etc.
In coming years, geospatial technologies like GIS mapping, remote sensing, satellite navigation etc. are going to play an increasingly important role at different stages of project life cycle in this sector. Right from site selection to billing & metering, the geospatial industry has already shown its potential to transform the business. As the awareness about features & benefits of these new technologies gradually spreads among the stake holders, the focus and thrust on making use of it would grow exponentially.
Session 1: GEO Energy at Group on Earth Observations
The Energy and Geo-resources Team of the Group on Earth Observations develops tools and products that cover specific needs of decision makers at multiple levels. For the achievement of this, experts from around the world are coming together and collaborate closely with the appropriate stakeholders. The resulted tools cover energy potentials, access and efficiency issues according to the specific needs of each user.
This session will present some of the key GEO Energy and Geo-resources activities including among else:
Addressing international energy policy issues
IRENA Global Renewable Energies Atlas
Forecasting energy production
Bioenergy Atlas for Africa
Session 2: Geospatial Technologies for Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation
With the increased emphasis on reducing carbon emission of the world, the renewable sources of electricity generation are being explored and promoted. As a result of this, the share of wind, hydro, solar and geothermal in the total installed capacity is going to go up. Geospatial technologies will have a very critical role to play in the thus-evolving scenario. At the same time, the off-grid and distributed generation projects are also gathering pace in several countries with potential for such projects. Not only do these projects take some load off the grid, but also facilitate rural electrification drives. The objective of this session would be to on the role of geospatial technologies in functions like potential mapping of a region, site evaluation, evacuation planning, environment impact assessment etc.
Session 3: Future in Smart Grid and Demand Response
The world is now looking towards an electricity grid that is efficient and responsive. With many countries have big-ticket investments lined up, several research agencies anticipating the smart grid market to be worth around $400 billion by 2040. GIS mapping, among others, constitutes the very foundation of smart grid implementation in an area. Needless to say then that with such huge enthusiasm on smart grid, the geospatial industry too is likely to witness tremendous growth in this sector. It also enables the utilities in successfully running various related schemes that require geo-referenced consumer information. The focus of this session would be on discussing the role of geospatial technologies in a modern-day distribution set up.