Seminar: Power grids of the future

Seminar: Power grids of the future

On March 16, 2023, a seminar followed on the topic of “Power grids of the future. Comprehensive modernization of electricity grids as a key element of the energy transition” from our seminar series “Global Energy Transition” for lecturers and students in Central Asia and the Caucasus.

The lecture by Prof. em. Alexander Kirjuchin and the subsequent discussion focused on the role of grid modernization in the transition of energy supply systems to renewable energies, with an emphasis on the special challenges of Central Asia and the Caucasus. The grid infrastructure in Central Asia and the Caucasus is often outdated and represents one of the biggest obstacles for the countries on their way to a green future. The following questions were addressed during the seminar:

1. How can the base load of the electricity grids be guaranteed using renewable energy?
2. How can renewable energies be optimally integrated into the existing electricity grid?
3. Why are comprehensive energy-saving measures a “must”?
4. What role do electricity storage systems play?
5. What are the requirements for electricity grids with regard to electric cars?
6. What are the advantages of mini-grids? How can they be integrated into the electricity grid infrastructure?
7. What does “smart grid” mean?

Lecturers and students from 14 partner universities from Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan took part in the seminar. The seminar ended with a quiz on the content of Prof. Alexander Kirjuchin’s lecture.