Intel Technology Helps Power Solution for a More Resilient GridNovember 29, 2023 | Intel
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Ahead of Enlit Europe, Intel announced that its technology is helping power the Edge for Smart Secondary Substations (E4S) Alliance’s new solution to modernize the energy grid. The E4S solution disrupts the existing system, helping it move from a proprietary, closed-hardware architecture to an open, flexible, software-defined energy system. In Europe, there are more than 17 million secondary substations, which enable medium- to low-voltage power conversion. This solution digitalizes the next generation of secondary substations with secure, modular, silicon-enhanced technology and is critical to fully unleashing the power of renewable energy resources.
“With almost 30 million substations worldwide, Intel is powering a tremendous opportunity to reduce climate footprints by adopting cleaner energy sources — an important milestone as countries work toward net-zero global greenhouse gas emissions. Our technology jump-starts the evolution of the traditional electric grid to a smarter, more resilient flexible grid capable of successfully integrating large percentages of renewables at the transmission and distribution levels,” said Mike Bates, general manager of Intel’s Energy Center of Excellence.
Intel is convening industry leaders to shift the energy industry through technology. Intel powers the E4S Alliance with hardware, software, security, applications, artificial intelligence (AI) and communication technology solutions. Some of the world’s largest distribution system operators, including Enedis, E-Redes, Iberdrola and UFD (Naturgy Group), represent the customer point of view, for whom these new E4S specifications are built.
Transition to renewable and clean energy sources is a critical way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But energy generated from renewable sources, like solar and wind farms, cannot always be fully deployed on the grid because of its inherent intermittent nature. The E4S power technology at the substation makes the grid more flexible and able to better accommodate more renewable energy sources when available. Implementing the solution at a single substation reduces carbon dioxide by an equivalent of taking as many as 1,800 gasoline-powered cars off the road, based on estimates from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)1.
Intel has committed to reach 100% renewable electricity in its own operations by 2030. It ended 2022 at 93% renewable electricity globally. The company is also supporting its value chain’s transition to renewable electricity.
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