The changes in electricity production methods induced by the energy transition and the development of a decarbonised energy on a large scale have a direct impact on the construction and operation of electrical networks.
The demand for electricity is increasing to meet the needs of growing populations and the industrial and economic growth of countries around the world. This trend, which will only continue in the coming years, has had a significant influence on the management of local power systems. And beyond the level of production necessary to meet this demand, the changes in production methods towards zero-carbon are disrupting the existing energy mix and directly impacting grids.
Adapting the networks to the growing demand for electricity
A greater consumption of electricity due to the increasing urbanisation of the global population or the industrialisation of countries requires adaptations to the networks which transport this electricity from production plants to delivery points. Modernisation, resilience to consumption peaks and continuity of service are the main challenges for tomorrow's electricity networks.
Integrate decarbonised energy into the grids
The continued development of nuclear power plants and the integration of renewable energies are at the heart of a decarbonised energy mix. But their integration into the electrical networks is not without effect and must be anticipated so that interconnections are made without destabilising grids (considering the variability of renewables or the location of new power plants are key aspects in the equation).
Considering the regulatory constraints of each country in terms of network
The regulations concerning the electrical network are not the same according to the continents and sometimes are significantly different between neighbouring countries. Respecting local norms and standards to develop or modernise the electrical network is therefore also a major challenge for electrical operators.
OUR EXPERTISE IN GRIDS
Assystem's experience for more than 55 years in the energy, nuclear and power sectors allows us to master the practices and constraints to be integrated for the management of an electrical network. Our teams have strong capabilities in transmission and distribution, power system analysis studies and simulation, grid impact evaluation, engineering studies, and requirements management, and are used to manage projects taking full responsibility from start to finish:
- Consulting & Project Management
- Siting, permitting & environment
- Feasibility, conceptual to tender design
- Detailed design and specification of new installations
- Standards assessment and validation
Our strength also lies in our ability to support operators throughout their project: indeed, our teams will be able to participate in the development of new nuclear power plants, in the implementation of renewable projects and to ensure their optimal integration to the local electrical networks in terms of transport and distribution.