This session will focus on the challenges and opportunities of delivering clean energy on EU islands. Islands are a fascinating case study, as some are already integrating very high shares of renewables with the support of innovative energy storage technologies.
Islands can therefore provide valuable insights for the broader energy system as policymakers and citizens confront the challenge of achieving a net-zero emissions power sector by 2050.
The session will kick off with a presentation explaining the major challenges faced by EU islands in their quest to decarbonise. It will explain how islands differ from interconnected energy systems in terms of the technical challenges they face in order to incorporate very high shares of renewables.
Experts from the energy storage sector will present innovative approaches to solving the technical and economic challenges through the deployment of energy storage systems. Many of the world’s first energy storage projects have been installed on islands, and they have delivered valuable insights into energy storage business cases and the technical feasibility of incorporating very high shares of renewables.
The panel will feature discussions between industry experts and representatives of the EU institutions on how the experience of decarbonising islands can inform the energy transition in interconnected energy systems, addressing the topic from different angles. The speakers will explore EU and at local policies, as well as technology developments, that should be implemented to speed up the transition to clean energy on islands.
The event targets policymakers who are seeking new approaches and practical insights on how to support the transition to a decarbonised energy system, both on islands and mainland Europe. The session will also be relevant to a broader audience, including citizens and other industry players keen to learn about the feasibility of achieving a 100% share of renewables in the energy system.