Focus Session

Clean energy systems

Enabling clean energy systems with hydropower

Developing clean energy systems

Wednesday 15 May 2019 | 15:45-17:00

All the systems that have succeeded in providing 100 per cent renewable electricity rely on hydropower. Hydropower, where available, plays an essential and vital role in creating and maintaining energy systems that are reliable, affordable and sustainable.

Hydropower’s flexibility can help balance variable renewable supply, ensuring a firm power output to the grid and reducing spinning reserve requirements.

Other systems may add other renewable generation technologies to existing hydropower systems, taking advantage of existing infrastructure and creating new revenue streams. Innovative hybrid systems are wide-ranging and can solve numerous problems facing modern energy systems. Hybrid systems can also have extensive and significant related social, economic and environmental benefits beyond just providing stronger and more efficient power systems. Hybrid energy systems, along with renewable energy storage, may be key to the future of renewable energy.

Session objectives:

This session will highlight innovative and existing solutions involving hydropower that provide answers to some of the challenges facing modern power systems. It aims to kick start discussion on how renewables working together can help ensure the provision of reliable, sustainable and affordable energy and water services for all, and how they could help meet and achieve global sustainability and climate goals.


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Roland Roesch


Markus Rieck

CSO/CMO, Voith

Linn Emelie Schaeffer