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      How Can Bilateral Contracts Support Electricity Trade? A Regional Electricity Model Perspective for the GCC Plus Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      How Can Bilateral Contracts Support Electricity Trade? A Regional Electricity Model Perspective for the GCC Plus Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq

      Marie Petitet, Benjamin Ricaud, Frank Felder, Amro Elshurafa

      Cross-border electricity trading in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) can provide cost and environmental benefits. However, for historical reasons, electricity trading has not reached a mature stage in this region. Based on a bespoke economic dispatch model for…

      Marie Petitet Marie Petitet
      Benjamin Ricaud Benjamin Ricaud
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      11 June 2024
      Assessment of the Potential of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines in the Red Sea
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Assessment of the Potential of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines in the Red Sea

      Ahmed Al-Balawi, Nora Nezamuddin, Frank Felder, Abdelrahman Muhsen, Amro Elshurafa

      Floating offshore wind turbines (FOWTs) have recently gained traction and are being installed in several regions of Europe and Asia. These turbines use the same technology as typical offshore wind turbines but are not directly anchored to the seabed. Instead,…

      Ahmed Al-Balawi Ahmed Al-Balawi
      Nora Nezamuddin Nezamuddin, Nora
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      Abdelrahman Muhsen Muhsen, Abdelrahman
      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      05 May 2024
      Recent Developments and Trends in Cybersecurity in the Power Sector
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Recent Developments and Trends in Cybersecurity in the Power Sector

      Ahmed Al-Balawi, Frank Felder, Muhammad Khurram Khan

      The power sector is a crucial component of critical national infrastructure, and its continuous and resilient operation underpins the socioeconomic prosperity of any nation. Energy security is a priority in many regions of the world, as it is essential for…

      Ahmed Al-Balawi Ahmed Al-Balawi
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      Muhammad Khurram Khan Muhammad Khurram Khan
      26 October 2023
      How Can the European Energy Crisis Reshape the Power Sector Reform Endeavors of GCC Countries?
      Future of Transport and Fuel Demand

      How Can the European Energy Crisis Reshape the Power Sector Reform Endeavors of GCC Countries?

      Marie Petitet, Amro Elshurafa, Frank Felder

      Energy prices in Europe have been soaring, and policymakers are trying to find solutions to immediately contain the energy prices for end-consumers and to enhance the market design in the longer term. This paper discusses some of the current events…

      Marie Petitet Marie Petitet
      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      24 October 2023
      Modeling of the Interconnected Middle East and North Africa Electricity System: Including Uncertainties to Better Inform Policymakers
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Modeling of the Interconnected Middle East and North Africa Electricity System: Including Uncertainties to Better Inform Policymakers

      Frank Felder, Marie Petitet, Shahid Hasan, Amro Elshurafa

      The modeling of power systems can bring about insightful quantitative results to inform policymakers. This commentary reviews the literature on modeling the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s electricity interconnections and trade in the context of expanding variable and…

      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      Marie Petitet Marie Petitet
      Shahid Hasan Hasan, Shahid
      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      26 September 2023
      An Overview of Integration Costs of Variable Renewables in the Power Sector
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      An Overview of Integration Costs of Variable Renewables in the Power Sector

      Faris Aljamed, Frank Felder, Amro Elshurafa

      In recent years, the cost of electricity generated by renewables has significantly decreased to the point where it is cost competitive with conventional plants. However, incorporating variable renewable energy (VRE) technologies like wind and solar photovoltaics (PV) into the power…

      Faris Aljamed Aljamed, Faris
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      4 September 2023
      One Year After the Texas Blackout: Lessons for Reliable and Resilient Power Systems

      One Year After the Texas Blackout: Lessons for Reliable and Resilient Power Systems

      Marie Petitet, Khalid Alhadhrami, Frank Felder

      In February 2021, Texas experienced an extreme cold snap causing a dramatic electricity blackout that left millions of households without electricity, resulting in over two hundred fatalities and economic damages of approximately $100 billion. The Texas blackout has been used…

      Marie Petitet Marie Petitet
      Khalid Alhadhrami Alhadhrami, Khalid
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      10 August 2023
      What Innovations Are Chinese Electricity Startups Pursuing?
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      What Innovations Are Chinese Electricity Startups Pursuing?

      Rolando Fuentes, Dongmei Chen, Frank Felder

      We provide a snapshot of the innovations that Chinese electricity startups are pursuing and compare them with the innovation efforts of their worldwide and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) counterparts. We contrast types of innovation, technological domains and focuses on megatrends…

      Rolando Fuentes Fuentes, Rolando
      Dongmei Chen Chen, Dongmei
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      13 June 2023
      How Firm Capacity and Forced Outage Rate Assumptions of Renewables Impact Capacity Expansion Model Results
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      How Firm Capacity and Forced Outage Rate Assumptions of Renewables Impact Capacity Expansion Model Results

      Amro Elshurafa, Marie Petitet, Frank Felder

      The undergoing energy transition relies heavily on the deployment of renewables such as solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind power for the generation of electricity. These variable and intermittent resources would modify power systems’ reliability compared to the situation where electricity…

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      Marie Petitet Marie Petitet
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      9 March 2023
      Innovation by Gulf Cooperation Council Electricity Startups: A Global Comparison
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Innovation by Gulf Cooperation Council Electricity Startups: A Global Comparison

      Rolando Fuentes, Frank Felder

      The electric power sector is the cornerstone for achieving the energy transition goals of economic progress, energy security and environmental improvements. Substantial and timely innovations are necessary to accomplish these goals. In this commentary, we investigate innovations in the electric…

      Rolando Fuentes Fuentes, Rolando
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      28 February 2023
      Lessons From the European Electricity Crisis
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Lessons From the European Electricity Crisis

      Frank Felder, Marie Petitet

      On January 23, 2023, the European Commission initiated a public consultation to reform the European Union’s electricity market (European Commission 2023) on the heels of extremely high wholesale electricity prices in Europe in the last months and days of 2022.…

      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      Marie Petitet Marie Petitet
      20 February 2023
      Cost, Footprint, and Reliability Implications of Deploying Hydrogen in Off-grid Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: A GIS-assisted Study for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Cost, Footprint, and Reliability Implications of Deploying Hydrogen in Off-grid Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: A GIS-assisted Study for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

      Amro Elshurafa, Abdelrahman Muhsen, Frank Felder

      We quantify the cost, footprint and reliability implications of using hydrogen in off-grid electric vehicle charging stations (CS) using an optimization model coupled with a geographical information system (GIS) analysis for the city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. We also account…

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      Abdelrahman Muhsen Muhsen, Abdelrahman
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      29 January 2023