Working towards a low-carbon world is the simplest definition of the energy transition
Flicking a switch to have a bulb go on in your child’s bedroom is an everyday action. But behind this ‘mundane’ action lies a world of energy that has never seen as much change as in recent years. The energy transition is under way and it’s a revolution.
In just a few years, the terminology and technologies have become familiar to you and gained momentum. Think of photovoltaic energy, electric cars, wind power generation, intelligent thermostats, connected objects, heat pumps, not to mention global warming, reduction in CO2 emissions, nuclear power phase-out, population growth, etc. It is a world that is reinventing itself at incredible speed. This is what we call the ‘energy transition’.
The 4Ds of the energy transition
The energy transition can be summarised by the 4 Ds, four areas that redefine the world of energy: decarbonisation, digitalisation, decentralisation and decrease in demand. Implementing this involves giving everyone the chance of ‘experiencing better energy‘.
D for… decarbonisation
A lower-carbon energy system requires the rapid development of renewable energies. They are made much more competitive by the drop in production costs and technological breakthroughs – especially solar power.
D for… decentralisation
Our relationship with energy needs to be rethought. Decentralised production methods such as solar installations will enable renewable energy to be generated locally. To guarantee the viability of these decentralised production methods, ENGIE is developing innovation solutions for storing and redistributing energy in the grid.
D for… digitalisation
Digitalisation requires the development of new connected technologies. From remote control of heating or lighting to the interconnection of devices, there are numerous ENGIE innovations for making the home safer, more comfortable and more economical.
D for… decreasing consumption
Establishing new services and technologies enables energy efficiency to be increased in every sector, for businesses and individuals. Intelligent networks, connected objects, artificial intelligence – the prospects look good.
An international group leading the energy transition
ENGIE will be increasing its momentum towards the energy transition by investing 1.5 billion euros in three main areas over three years:
- digitalisation of energy management systems in buildings
- mobility solutions
- energy storage systems
This ambitious plan needs to enable the ENGIE Group to position itself in the energy world of tomorrow.
Discovering ENGIE solutions
ENGIE uses all of its research and innovation capabilities to meet the challenges of the energy transition, specifically via its ENGIE Labs network and collaboration with Belgian universities.
Here is an overview of some of the projects involved with the energy transition.