The energy sector is traditionally seen as consisting of separate industries - power, gas, heat and fuel - that work in parallel but seldom meet. However, this view is now being challenged by several external factors.
One of the primary drivers is global warming, which is forcing the energy industry to reduce its carbon emissions. In addition, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted the EU to cut its dependency on Russian oil and gas. These factors are compelling the energy industry, governments, regulators, and the EU to accelerate their efforts in transitioning towards a carbon free world and achieve the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Key features of the future European energy industry are a transition of industrial processes from fuel to power, a massive increase in wind and solar generation, the introduction of hydrogen as a key energy carrier, electro fuels to replace conventional fuels and the construction of European-wide hydrogen networks. Achieving these will require a coordinated effort from the industry, transmission system operators (TSOs), regulators, national governments, and the EU.
Included in this training: a field visit to the Hydroville Boat in Antwerp.