In the future, flexible resources, such as battery storage facilities and micronetworks, will play an important role in keeping the power system in balance as the advent of fluctuating renewable generation causes power generation to be spread across various parts and voltage levels on the network. Fingrid is closely involved in research and development projects to identify the best ways of realising the potential of flexible resources on the road towards cleaner energy.
How will Finland become carbon-neutral by 2035 in line with the government’s target? Can electricity and heat generation operations set their sights on being emissions-free by the end of the 2030s? Janne Peljo, Project Director at Sitra considers how realistic these targets are and which technology solutions will be required to reach them without jeopardising the reliability of the power system.
Onshore and offshore wind farms are being connected to the Finnish electricity system in increasing numbers. Wind power is quick to build, and it generates energy without any fuel. Fingrid works with customers to ensure a trouble-free connection to the transmission network.
For a transmission system operator, the basis of operations is slightly different to what it is in many other companies. The aim of development work is not necessarily an increase in market share or the active launch of a product. Neither does the money invested in R&D activity always bring financial benefit in the same financial period. It is, however, also important to do sustained development work.
The days when electricity flowed in one direction from combustion plants to consumer outlets are over. We are now in the midst of a global energy revolution caused by decentralised technologies and digitalisation – and Finland should take advantage of it. PUBLISHED 24.11.2017