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- Roger Kranenburg
Grid reliability and, importantly, resiliency is paramount and will increasingly become more important as we electrify energy demand in the quest to decarbonize the energy system. Weather patterns are more severe and changing around the world. Being resilient to weather impact is both the ability to withstand a severe event as well as recover from its impact. Emerging innovations, changes in planning and operations, and application of new technologies and techniques will all be necessary to respond to this challenge. The US federal government has recognized this need and is providing significant support in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)for this new world.
The transportation sector(s) are increasingly electrified over time. How and when does this significantly impact commercial or government fleets? How does the transition impact urban versus suburban (last-mile) applications and interstate long-haul applications differently? What are regional government, coalition, and/or utility policies providing to harness this development? Are smart-city initiatives a leading or lagging factor to electrification? What other fundamental technologies, such as connectivity, autonomy, population trends, telecommuting, etc., will drive this transition? Is the overriding rationale to address carbon and climate issues, or is the focus on business margins and cost efficiencies? Or both?
Energy cities are well positioned to define the smart city of the future starting from their foundation of energy. With energy fueling everything that makes these urban environments so attractive—from transportation to comfort, information, commerce, and entertainment—these cities will show the way. They will leverage advanced technologies in clean energy, autonomous transport, ultrafast telecommunications, artificial intelligence, and many other benefits to make them attractive places to live, work, and play.
Decarbonization of the energy system is generating unprecedented interest in long duration energy storage (LDES) technologies. A flurry of LDES innovation is underway to manage structural issues in the electrical power industry and to compete with lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries. What are the characteristics of the key technologies and their opportunities? How can current obstacles of cost and inefficiency be overcome?