AKUCAST: TRENDS IN FVE CONSTRUCTION AND SUPPLY OF SOLAR COMPONENTS
Is it worthwhile for companies to invest in PV today? In this episode of AKUCAST, we focus on the construction of PV power plants and the supply of components for the whole sector, including large installations. We discussed the challenges facing the industry as well as the latest trends in technology, sustainability and customer behaviour. Martin Palarčík, CEO of SolidSun Group, and Martin Navrátil, manager of Nanosun, accepted the invitation to the studio this time.
1.8.2023 | Online
AKUCAST: AGGREGATION FLEXIBILITY IN THE CZECH MARKET
Aggregation of flexibility is still a relatively new topic in the Czech Republic, but it is already being talked about a lot. At the same time, many new flexibility aggregators are emerging on the market, and the topic – together with energy storage – is crucial for the safe development of RES. That is why we decided to dedicate an entire volume of AKUCAST to this topic. Our guests are Petr Klimeš, responsible for energy purchasing at E.ON Energie, and Petr Řeháček, director of the Association of Flexibility Aggregators and Providers (SAF) , which was recently established under the AKU-BAT association.
Today, we talked with both gentlemen not only about flexibility aggregators, but we also discussed the lack of an independent aggregator in the legislation and looked at how the Czech aggregation market actually looks today.
28.6.2023 | Online
AKUCAST: CHALLENGES FOR FVE AND ENERGY STORAGE
With the Solar Energy and Storage 2023 conference coming up on May 30, hosted by the Solar Energy Association, we decided to dedicate this episode of AKUCAST to the topics that are driving the world of PV, storage, flexibility aggregation and the overall modern energy industry. This time we talked with Jan Krčmář, Director of the Solar Association, and Pavel Doucha, Partner of AK Doucha Šikola, member of the Solar Association and AKU-BATU and well-known energy lawyer. Together we discussed non-connection of new PV plants, storage and flexibility, Lex RES II, community energy and much more. What’s going on positively in the market? What is holding the market back? And what are the challenges ahead? Listen to the next episode of our podcast.
23.5.2023 | Online
AKUCAST: WHY INSTALL BATTERY STORAGE IN LDS?
What are the differences in the use of BESS in Slovakia and the Czech Republic in industrial sites and local distribution systems? Is there sufficient government support for BESS in LDCs or industrial plants? This time we will talk to Martin Michko, Director of the Czech Association of Local Distribution System Operators, who says that new technologies will always increase in importance with a sensible project. What does Martin base his ideas on? Find out in the next episode of AKUCAST. This time the episode is hosted by Ivan Trup, head of the AKU-BAT technical working group.
3.5.2023 | Online
AKUCAST: RESIDENTIAL FLEXIBILITY
The topic of the 12th part of AKUCAST is very topical, widely discussed, attractive – Flexibility, especially at the low voltage (LV) level, i.e. mainly residential flexibility, or smaller companies. We will probably have to wait a while for a more massive involvement of households in flexibility, but it is already clear that the potential is great. Experience from Western markets such as the UK, France and Belgium shows that flexibility aggregators can not only partially replace fossil power plants, but also enable the transition to digital and sustainable energy and can reduce countries’ costs for stabilising electricity systems, similar to energy storage.
We are delighted that two of our distinguished members, Jan Hicl, Product Director at Nano Green from Nano Energies and Tomas Molek, Senior Flexibility Consultant at Flexigy from Unicorn, have accepted the invitation to participate in the next part of our AKUCAST.
13.4.2023 | Online
AKUCAST: THE ROLE OF TRADITIONAL “COAL” COMPANIES IN THE ERA OF ENERGY TRANSITION
The topic of the next AKUCAST episode is “The role of traditional “coal” companies in the energy transition”. We discussed with representatives of two publicly well-known companies in this field, namely SUAS Group (member of the AKU-BAT Association) and Pavel Tykač’s Sev.en Group. Pavel Tomek, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Sokolovská uhelná and Pavel Farkač, Head of Transformation and Development Projects of Sev.en Group, accepted the invitation to the studio. And the reason why we chose this topic for our podcast is the bold plans of both companies in the field of energy transformation, RES construction, battery storage, hydrogen and the entire battery Value Chain.
9.3.2023 | Online
AKUCAST: Banks and modern energy
How do our banking house members, Komerční banka and Česká spořitelna view the current turbulent events in the energy sector in general? Are the banks focusing, for example, on favourable loan financing for the acquisition of a home or business PV plant with a battery? How does the lack of legislation affect the banks’ attitude towards financing battery storage? And will the attitude towards financing modern technologies change when the amendment to the Energy Act is adopted, where the anchoring of storage or aggregation flexibility should already be reflected? Not only on these topics we talked with representatives of both banks, Pavel Beran from Komerční banka and Miroslav Brajer from Česká Spořitelna.
18.1.2023 | Online
AKUCAST: The impact of electromobility on the grid and e-mobility as a potential source of flexibility
The theme of the pre-Christmas AKUCAST is “The impact of electromobility on the grid and e-mobility as a potential source of flexibility”. The aim of the discussion this time was not to deal with the advantages and disadvantages of electric vehicles, but with distribution and flexibility experts, Stanislav Votruba from PREdistribuce and Tomas Cmíral from LEEF Technologies, we talked about the future impact of these “batteries on wheels” on the distribution system, how to use electric vehicles smartly to stabilize it or how they can be a source of flexibility.
20.12.2022 | Online
AKUCAST: Improving power grid quality with battery storage
This time we talked to Peter Gaman from PATRIC about improving the quality of the power grid with battery storage. Petr Gaman is an energy expert who specializes in battery storage and e-mobility. He has worked at GE Transportation, Hutchinson, ŠKODA ELECTRIC and AERS. He is currently on the board of PATRIC Technology Center. In our next episode of AKUCAST, we discuss not only why power quality is an important indicator and how quality is assessed, and how one battery storage system, for example, can provide multiple applications.
24.10.2022 | Online
AKUCAST: PRIORITIES OF THE CZECH PRESIDENCY IN THE ENERGY SECTOR
We took a thorough look at the Czech Presidency’s priorities in the energy sector and took a peek under the hood of what the Energy Attaché is in charge of, and how the Czech Presidency is cooking. We also discussed the European legislation that is being prepared and, since we are in AKUCAST, we last but not least opened up the topic of hydrogen, which is also one of the key topics from the point of view of AKU-BAT. You can listen to AKUCAST on Spotify and on the AKU-BAT YouTube channel.