A clear outcome of G‐STIC 2017 is that to achieve the energy‐related SDGs, demand‐driven, energy positive community approaches are as important as, if not more important than, supply‐driven centralised systems. Hence a paradigm shift is needed to ensure that
- local, regional, national and international energy planning, provision, etc. give at least the same amount of attention to energy positive community approaches compared to centralised energy systems, and that
- the technologies used to deliver energy to end users reflects both a decentralised, bottom‐up as well as a centralised, top‐down approach.
Decentralised solutions as such do not present themselves as an alternative to a centralised grid, but rather as integrated or synergistic options with a central grid. This demands a balanced approach to energy planning and a number of technology innovations for the integration of centralised and decentralised solutions, such as advanced hybrid management systems and flexible power electronics.
The aim of the energy discussion at G-STIC 2018 will be to bring closer together two worlds. The world of the central energy infrastructures and national energy planning on one side, and the local energy intiatives on the other side. This is essential to provide a stable basis for large-scale long-term investments in integrated solutions. With the energy-related discussions at G-STIC 2018, we want to:
- discuss new opportunities and gaps of new tools for central and local energy planning and scenarios,
- explore specific examples of affordable integrated technologies & services, going beyond the basic energy needs and connecting services as energy, water, health, waste, and to find out how they are included in the planning approaches,
- analyse the impact of decision tools on the decision-making process of national and local governments, investors, large and small energy players.