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      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
      29th January 2023
      The Crisis in Electricity Prices in Europe: Context and Key Insights
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      The Crisis in Electricity Prices in Europe: Context and Key Insights

      Ahmed Al-Balawi, Fateh Belaïd

      The cost of electric power in Europe is soaring. After a steady rise in 2021, prices spiked in the first half of 2022 following the post-COVID-19 economic recovery. Day-ahead wholesale electricity prices increased more than threefold on average in 2021…

      Ahmed Al-Balawi Ahmed Al-Balawi
      Fateh Belaïd Belaïd, Fateh
      17th January 2023
      Status of Global Concentrated Solar Power Installations
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Status of Global Concentrated Solar Power Installations

      Ahmed Al-Balawi

      Concentrated solar power (CSP) is a type of renewable energy that uses mirrors to concentrate solar irradiation onto a receiver and convert it into heat. The heat can then be used directly or indirectly for thermal or electrical applications. CSP…

      Ahmed Al-Balawi Ahmed Al-Balawi
      7th December 2022
      Insights from India’s Journey to Over 100 Gigawatts of Renewable Energy
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Insights from India’s Journey to Over 100 Gigawatts of Renewable Energy

      Shahid Hasan, Yagyavalk Bhatt

      This commentary analyzes the key industry developments, policy and regulatory features, prevailing circumstances and challenges related to renewable energy (RE) in India. It also highlights learnings for other countries. As electricity is a concurrent subject as per the Indian Constitution,…

      Shahid Hasan Hasan, Shahid
      Yagyavalk Bhatt Bhatt, Yagyavalk
      7th December 2022
      Reliability Implications of Unexpected Tripping of Inverter-Based Resources
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Reliability Implications of Unexpected Tripping of Inverter-Based Resources

      Ahmed Al-Balawi, Khalid Alhadhrami

      A recent KAPSARC Instant Insight examined the reliability crisis in electric power grids, and proposed policy measures that can mitigate these risks (Felder 2022). The specific causes for these severe outages and blackouts differ, but the causes of greatest concern…

      Ahmed Al-Balawi Ahmed Al-Balawi
      Khalid Alhadhrami Khalid Alhadhrami
      10th October 2022
      Trends in Global Solar PV Installation in 2021
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Trends in Global Solar PV Installation in 2021

      Amro Elshurafa

      In 2021, global solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity increased by a record 175 gigawatts (GW). This brought the total global cumulative installed PV capacity to around 942 GW at the end of 2021.

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      10th October 2022
      Cost, Emission, and Macroeconomic Implications of Diesel Displacement in the Saudi Agricultural Sector: Options and Policy Insights
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Cost, Emission, and Macroeconomic Implications of Diesel Displacement in the Saudi Agricultural Sector: Options and Policy Insights

      Amro Elshurafa, Hatem Al Atawi, Fakhri Hasanov, Frank Felder

      The Saudi agricultural sector relies on diesel for irrigation, which is provided to farmers at a much lower price than the average global price, implying significant opportunity costs. With the aid of soft-coupled power and macro-econometric models, we assess the…

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      Hatem Al Atawi Al Atawi, Hatem
      Fakhri Hasanov Hasanov, Fakhri
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      24th August 2022
      Keeping the Nuclear Energy Option Open
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Keeping the Nuclear Energy Option Open

      Noura Mansouri, Robert J. Budnitz, H-Holger Rogner, Charles McCombie, Robert N. Schock, Adnan Shihab-Eldin

      Nuclear energy is already playing a crucial role in reducing emissions from electricity generation. However, if this role is not expanded, achieving the international goal of avoiding unacceptable global climate change will be extremely difficult. The evidence presented in this…

      Noura Mansouri Mansouri, Noura
      Robert J. Budnitz Robert J. Budnitz
      H-Holger Rogner H-Holger Rogner
      Charles McCombie Charles McCombie
      Robert N. Schock Robert N. Schock
      Adnan Shihab-Eldin Adnan Shihab-Eldin
      23rd August 2022
      One Year After the Texas Blackout: Lessons for Reliable and Resilient Power Systems
      Electricity Sector Transitions

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

      Marie Petitet, Frank Felder, Khalid Alhadhrami

      In February 2021, Texas experienced an extreme cold snap causing a dramatic electricity blackout that left millions of households without electricity, resulting in over 200 fatalities and economic damages of approximately $100 billion. The Texas blackout has been used to…

      Marie Petitet Marie Petitet
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      Khalid Alhadhrami Khalid Alhadhrami
      14th June 2022
      Investing in Net-Zero Emission Ambitions: Global ESG Frameworks and CCUS Projects
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Investing in Net-Zero Emission Ambitions: Global ESG Frameworks and CCUS Projects

      Fatih Yılmaz, Adam Sieminski

      Achieving global net zero emission (NZE) goals necessitates trillions of US$ of annual investment in various mitigation technologies. While a significant portion of this investment is expected to take place in mainstream mitigation technologies (e.g., renewable energy), low carbon technologies…

      Fatih Yılmaz Yılmaz, Fatih
      Adam Sieminski Adam Sieminski
      14th June 2022
      Policy Responses to the Reliability Crisis in the Power Grid
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Policy Responses to the Reliability Crisis in the Power Grid

      Frank Felder

      From China, Europe, Central Asia, India and to the United States, there is a reliability crisis in electric power grids. Why are power grids so brittle and what should policymakers do?

      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      6th June 2022
      The Implications for the Power Sector from Innovation by Startup Companies
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      The Implications for the Power Sector from Innovation by Startup Companies

      Rolando Fuentes, Dongmei Chen

      We compiled a multi-regional database of 320 startups from 36 countries whose focus is on new technologies in the electricity sector. To reach this number, we performed internet searches with neutral key words such as ‘startups,’ ‘electricity,’ ‘innovation,’ and avoided…

      Rolando Fuentes Fuentes, Rolando
      Dongmei Chen Chen, Dongmei
      25th May 2022
      Understanding the Dynamics of the Renewable Energy Transition: The Determinants and Future Projections Under Different Scenarios
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Understanding the Dynamics of the Renewable Energy Transition: The Determinants and Future Projections Under Different Scenarios

      Fatih Yılmaz

      The global energy system’s current structure has severe environmental consequences that necessitate an urgent transformation toward more sustainable alternatives. Besides many available mitigation actions, such as enhancing energy efficiency, deploying nuclear energy, switching fuels and adopting carbon capture technologies, renewable…

      Fatih Yılmaz Yılmaz, Fatih
      11th May 2022
      Cross-seasonal Fuel Savings from Load Shifting in the Saudi Industrial Sector
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Cross-seasonal Fuel Savings from Load Shifting in the Saudi Industrial Sector

      Salaheddine Soummane, Amro Elshurafa, Hatem Al Atawi, Frank Felder

      Load shifting, that is, moving demand from peak to off-peak hours, is an important type of demand response. It can reduce the overall operating costs of a power system and improve the reliability of the power grid. This study estimates…

      Salaheddine Soummane Soummane, Salaheddine
      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      Hatem Al Atawi Al Atawi, Hatem
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      11th April 2022
      Achieving Renewable Energy Targets Without Compromising the Power Sector’s Reliability
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Achieving Renewable Energy Targets Without Compromising the Power Sector’s Reliability

      Amro Elshurafa, Frank Felder, Nezar Alhaidari

      Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy has set ambitious renewable energy goals. Although the Kingdom’s current energy mix is dominated by conventional energy (>95%), it aims to draw 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. Currently, the Kingdom enjoys…

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      Nezar Alhaidari Nezar Alhaidari
      22nd March 2022
      Renewables, Reliability and Efficiency in Electricity Markets
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Renewables, Reliability and Efficiency in Electricity Markets

      Frank Felder, Marie Petitet

      The choice to use electricity markets to transition to an ultra-high renewable electricity sector depends on whether a high level of reliability and efficiency can be achieved. This study presents a reliability, resiliency and adaptability policy framework for a liberalized…

      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      Marie Petitet Marie Petitet
      29th December 2021
      Will COP26 Recognize a Role for Nuclear Energy in the Clean Energy Mix?
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Will COP26 Recognize a Role for Nuclear Energy in the Clean Energy Mix?

      Noura Mansouri, Adnan Shihab-Eldin

      Next month, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), hosted by the United Kingdom, will discuss the big challenge facing the world’s governments, which is how to limit the average rise in global temperatures above pre-industrial levels to below…

      Noura Mansouri Mansouri, Noura
      Adnan Shihab-Eldin Adnan Shihab-Eldin
      4th November 2021
      Future Trends in Electricity Demand in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Region
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Future Trends in Electricity Demand in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Region

      Long-term electricity demand projections are fundamental for power generation expansion planning and for broader energy policy formulation. Studies show that electricity demand in Saudi Arabia and the GCC region has been growing rapidly over the past decades. This growth has…

      13th October 2021