T&D World –  Germany’s Evolving Grid Infrastructure Market: Challenges and Opportunities

In the pursuit of achieving a complete nuclear phase-out — a policy launched in 2017 and scheduled to end in 2022 — and reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to a significantly low level, Germany is looking at new challenges in terms of maintaining stable grid infrastructure. With this ongoing decommissioning of nuclear power plants, Germany’s main source of generation is moving toward dependence on renewable energy resources. As a result of this new energy mix policy, the contribution of energy through renewables rose to 46% in 2019. However, German utilities now require constant investment in grid infrastructure to effectively integrate the various sources of renewables, in order to achieve its quest of realizing 100% clean energy in the future. This will require a challenging range of technological advancements.


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Qutab is working as a senior analyst and team leader at PTR Inc. looking after research efforts on grid flexibility and modernization technologies. He manages a team of analysts to develop a global knowledge base around several key topics impacted by the energy transition incl. Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS), Energy Storage Systems (ESS), High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission, and Port Electrification. Qutab has spearheaded several in-house and custom studies for Fortune 500 clients in US and Europe.  Qutab has represented PTR at several internal and external speaking engagements such as webinars, podcasts, conferences and tradeshows. He holds the qualification of an electrical engineer with an MS degree in electrical engineering.