4 rea­sons why sec­tor cou­pling is pro­gress­ing slowly

The con­ver­gence of the elec­tric­i­ty, heat and mobil­i­ty sec­tors has been dis­cussed in the ener­gy indus­try for years. Despite some progress, oppor­tu­ni­ties for new busi­ness mod­els and poten­tial sav­ings are not always ful­ly under­stood. Kiwigrid’s CEO Frank Schlicht­ing explores why sec­tor cou­pling is pro­gress­ing slow­ly in an opin­ion piece for PV Mag­a­zine Germany.

There are four main rea­sons behind the slow imple­men­ta­tion of the urgent­ly need­ed con­ver­gence of the elec­tric­i­ty, heat and mobil­i­ty sectors:

1. The tech­ni­cal com­plex­i­ty is extreme­ly high. Huge amounts of data have to be man­aged, while numer­ous sys­tems and devices from dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ers dis­trib­uted over a large num­ber of loca­tions and build­ings must be connected.

2. The oper­a­tional imple­men­ta­tion is both tech­ni­cal­ly and logis­ti­cal­ly chal­leng­ing. End-users face many hur­dles, from ini­tial instal­la­tion to sys­tem maintenance.

3. Cus­tomer require­ments have changed as a result of a major shift in envi­ron­men­tal aware­ness. To meet the wide range of needs, we need intel­li­gent, inte­grat­ed offerings.

4. Polit­i­cal reg­u­la­tion. Ger­many has long been a fron­trun­ner in adopt­ing renew­ables, though is now lag­ging behind oth­ers in imple­ment­ing EU requirements.

Read the full arti­cle which dis­cuss­es how to meet these challenges

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