The availability of land and sea – and consent to use them – is the biggest bottleneck renewables face, says Mads Nipper, CEO of Ørsted, the world's biggest offshore wind developer, in conversation with Energy Monitor. He also stresses the critical role of grids and hydrogen.
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Vast offshore generation is not a goal in itself, costs for new ‘transit' infrastructure need redistributing and hydrogen needs a business case, says Christian Zinglersen, director of the EU agency promoting cooperation among energy regulators.
The European Commission's 'Fit for 55' package has big plans for energy efficiency that are indispensable for net zero, but they are likely to face age-old political and practical headwinds.
The business case for hydrogen has received a boost with the European Commission's ‘Fit for 55’ climate and energy package.
The European Commission’s latest attempt to align national fuel taxes and reward cleaner alternatives was always going to be a long shot, but its leniency towards natural gas may make it more palatable to member states.
Emerging partnerships between countries like Germany and Australia, backed by business interests and financial incentives, are laying the foundations for a global, green hydrogen market to replace fossil fuels.
EU rules could undermine, rather than bolster, efforts to meet more ambitious climate targets, and offshore wind and hydrogen goals, warns Manon van Beek, CEO of Dutch national grid operator Tennet.
Business models have traditionally focused on churning out evermore efficient new products. The future is using machine learning to make existing products as energy efficient as possible, says Jon Lindén, CEO of Swedish edge computing start-up Ekkono.