Energy-transition-lab
European electricity market responds to Covid-19
Wärtsilä Energy transition lab

Impact on the European electricity market of the global pandemic – explore the Wärtsilä Energy Transition Lab

 
An industry first, we’ve specifically developed the Wärtsilä Energy Transition Lab as an open-data test environment for the energy industry to understand the impact of Covid-19. There is a big demand to understand how the markets are changing. Where do we need to focus? What types of capabilities should be ready when the market picks up?

This tool is updated weekly and provides detailed data on electricity generation, demand and pricing for European Union countries and the UK, combining Entso-E data in a single, easy to use platform. You can also model how systems could operate in the future with higher renewables, helping pinpoint problem areas and highlight where to focus policy and investment in the energy market.

With this platform Wärtsilä wants to help accelerate the energy transition.



Wärtsilä Energy Transition Lab Report

Optimising the UK´s shift to a renewable-powered economy

This report shows what is possible to achieve by 2030 based on current policy ambitions and the technical constraints and market structures that govern the UK energy system today. The UK can go further, faster.

End of inflexible generation
Live session recording
End of inflexible generation? - Coal unprofitable while flexible gas and storage make profit
DURATION: 42 MIN
Value of flexibility is recognised in Germany
Live session recording
Value of flexibility is recognised in Germany
DURATION: 50 MIN
Record-share-of-renewables-in-the-European-electricity-system
Live session recording
Record share of renewables in the European electricity system
DURATION: 43 MIN
UK-Energy-Storage---Live-Talk
Live session recording
UK Energy Storage
Duration: 48 min

Wärtsilä Energy Transition Lab

* The data is collected real-time from publicly available sources and Wärtsilä is not responsible for the quality of the data collected. However, we are continuously updating the platform and working on providing the most recent and accurate data.

Article collection

Ireland showing the way towards a high renewable energy future
06 August 2020

A reliable and secure system operation is a concern often associated to the grid with high share of variable renewables. However, the recent development demonstrates that the European power system is capable to cope with significantly higher percentages of renewables than expected. Ireland is an interesting country in Europe to examine, as it is an isolated system with limited interconnections and with one of the highest levels of variable renewable generation in the region – making it a challenging grid to operate.



A wind of change from Spain
30 July 2020


In late-April we witnessed a week in Spain when the electricity demand was significantly lower (-12%) compared to the same period in 2019. At the same time, renewable generation was extraordinarily high (+45%) due to favourable wind and solar conditions. This increased the daily share of renewable generation up to 65% over the whole week in question, and to around 70% for three consecutive days of 29 April – 1 May in the country.



How the ongoing pandemic and WETL can help us to plan the future energy system
23 July 2020

The first two quarters of 2020 have taken everyone by surprise and the energy industry is no exception. During the strictest lockdown measures in April, the electricity demand in Europe was nearly 20% lower than in 2019. The demand is now slowly recovering but due to the economic slowdown, load continues (as of 22 July) to be down by some 5%. At the same time the wind is still blowing and the sun is shining just like before - causing the share of renewable electricity in the system to reach new records time after time.

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