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Hitachi Energy: Drive toward the electric future

Offshore windmill park in the ocean, aerial view.

Hitachi Energy is advancing a sustainable energy future for all by integrating renewable sources into the next generation of energy systems.

The significance of transportation in sustainable development was first recognised at the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit, with Agenda 21 highlighting its role. The UN General Assembly in 1997 reiterated that transportation would be a key driver in increasing energy demand. Today, it is the largest energy end-user in developed countries and the fastest growing one in developing nations.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) underscores the centrality of the transport sector in achieving the Paris Agreement goals. With transport contributing nearly a quarter of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, a figure expected to rise, its role in climate change cannot be overstated.

The transition to sustainable energy is vital for environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Globally, nations are setting climate targets to address these challenges. For instance, Ireland’s Climate Action Plan 2021 aims for 80 per cent renewable electricity and net-zero emissions by 2050.

Electrifying energy, transport, and infrastructure is key to meeting these goals. Renewable energy, including predictable sources like hydropower and geothermal, as well as variable ones like solar and wind, is expected to lead to a carbon-neutral future. However, maintaining system stability is essential. This involves using existing and emerging technologies, such as battery energy storage systems (BESS), pumped hydro, and renewable hydrogen, to integrate renewables without compromising energy security.

In this context, multi-sourced electricity will become vital, powering everything from transport to industrial processes. Hitachi Energy is playing a pivotal role in this transformation.

In Ireland, the company offers innovative solutions across the electrification value chain to various sectors, including utilities, industry, transport, and infrastructure.

Solar power farm aerial view.

Hitachi Energy enables its customers’ success – from clean energy generation to network infrastructure and electrification of end-use sectors.

As renewables replace fossil fuels, Hitachi Energy helps power systems remain resilient and adapt to fast-changing demands, with as little disruption as possible.

Hitachi Energy offers its customers industry-leading expertise spanning the full range of renewable energy project challenges, including:

  • financial services;
  • consulting services;
  • front-end engineering and design (FEED) solutions, development, construction, operations, and maintenance;
  • service and digital transformation support; and
  • energy and renewable energy certificates, trading, and risk management.

As the energy system undergoes a comprehensive transformation, Hitachi Energy’s expertise becomes increasingly crucial. The company aids in integrating renewables into the power grid, ensuring its resilience and adaptability to rapid changes.

Hitachi Energy’s offerings include financial and consulting services, FEED, development, construction, operations, maintenance, digital transformation support, and energy trading and risk management. Its comprehensive approach makes it well-equipped for renewable energy projects.

With over a century of experience in rail and urban transportation, Hitachi Energy continues to innovate in electrification and digitalisation, supporting transport operators in their shift to sustainable options. As urbanisation increases and the push for reduced CO2 emissions intensifies, the need for sustainable mobility solutions grows. Hitachi Energy’s Grid-eMotion®1 Fleet offers efficient charging solutions for large electric fleets, complemented by digital asset and energy management.

A recent collaboration with Bus Éireann exemplifies this. Hitachi Energy Ireland is electrifying the Roxboro depot, involving the installation of a new medium voltage electricity substation, 24 charging points, and all necessary civil and cabling works. Funded by the National Transport Authority, this project marks a significant step in transforming Ireland’s urban bus fleets towards zero tailpipe emissions.

In summary, Hitachi Energy is leading the way to an electric future, offering cutting-edge, secure solutions for integrating renewables and electrifying transport, thereby playing a key role in the global shift towards sustainable energy.

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