One of the catalysts of the second wave of renewables, the one we are currently in, is the way in which energy production and consumption are intertwined, said Constantin Ichimoaei, Executive Manager at ABB, at the conference “More renewables for Romania”, organized by Energynomics.
The expansion into renewables is possible due to the conjugation of the increase in energy consumption and the increase in the installed base of chargers for electric vehicles, the new wave of electric mobility. This transition was made possible with the help of new technologies. “We already have factories in Italy and Germany that using this integration software manage to have zero carbon emissions,” said Ichimoaei.
“While the first wave of renewables in Romania was a wave of classic infrastructure, now in the second wave, we are no longer talking about a linear energy structure, but about the network of the future, already available today, in which energy production is much closer to consumption, whether it is low-voltage or medium-voltage consumption” declared Constantin Ichimoaei.
From the perspective of the lessons learned in the first wave of investments in renewables, the ABB representative referred to the fact that Romanian installation companies have developed experience and capabilities at the local level to meet the needs. “In the first wave of renewables, investors obtained financing and approved the project, after which they came to us to ask if we had the products and equipment they needed. And they expected to receive them within a week. Now, in the second wave, we have a dialogue with the engineering firms well before reaching the implementation part. Construction firms and investors have seen that it costs them much more to fix on the fly, delay the commissioning of a park and lose production that they would have had if they had better scheduling,” Ichimoaei said. “Now we are being asked for technical and commercial solutions, we are talking about delivery times, manufacturing availability, how commissioning is done, etc. For example, at present, we have some 30 kW medium voltage cells in production and the park has not yet started to be erected.”
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Constantin Ichimoaei also said that ABB can offer advice and recommendations, through the local team or with the help of its experts in Europe. “We are a dialogue partner. At the same time, we are ready with factories and production capacities, whether we are talking about medium voltage cells or the integration of charging stations for electric cars with power plants from photovoltaic sources,” Ichimoaei said.
The conference “More renewables for Romania” was organized by Energynomics with the support of our partners among which ABB, ACE Industrial Software, BCR, Consolight, Eaton Electric, Elektra Renewable Support, EnergoPower, European Energy, Finder, Geminox, Huawei, ING Bank, LAPP Romania, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Phoenix Contact, Photomate, Prime Batteries Technology, REI Grup, Renomia-Gallagher, Valmont, Volt, Wiren România, Wise Finance Solutions.