Power and renewables

Meet Ebbo de Meulemeester…

Ebbo is one of our transmission and distribution experts and has more than 34 years of experience in all aspects of high voltage engineering.

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Ebbo de Meulemeester

Ebbo de Meulemeester

Principal Consultant

Did you know?
The energy transition implies the electrification of energy, shifting away from generation by conventional sources for heat, gas, transport. Electricity demand is expected to rise almost 40% by 2030 and more than double by 2050. This requires significant growth of transmission and distribution grid infrastructure. On top of this, T&D infrastructure is ageing and needs to be replaced or refurbished in the meantime.

Huge grid investments have to done in the next 10 years, and the years thereafter, to accommodate the energy transition. From technology point of view the conventional part (AC infrastructure) may seem to be the simplest but will be an operational challenge due to the congestion in the existing grids, limiting the possibility to de-energize parts of the grid for extension, replacement or refurbishment projects.

On the other hand, the huge increase of electricity requires the introduction of relative new technologies like HVDC and hybrid grids. These emerging technologies are power electronics driven and controlled. This poses challenges to assure the reliable and predictable operation of the grids. Methods have to be developed to validate operational stability.

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Ebbo de Meulemeester

Ebbo de Meulemeester

Principal Consultant

The huge increase of electricity consumption requires the introduction of relative new technologies like HVDC and hybrid grids. These emerging technologies are power electronics driven and controlled, challenging grid reliability and operations.
Ebbo de Meulemeester,
  • Principal Consultant and Service Line Leader Transmission & Distribution Technology
  • DNV GL

Expertise in action: 

Insight in life time extension
Many utilities operate ageing or even old equipment. Refurbishment or replacement may be difficult due to the congestion in the network. However, with progressing ageing, the risk of failure or non-availability may increase. DNV GL was asked to investigate the technical remaining life of gas insulated switchgear and indicate requirements for life time extension. DNV GL developed a method to identify technical end-of-life or possibilities for life time extension. This method is based on assessing the end-of-life limiting factors of the GIS, possibilities to detect/diagnose imminent failures and to propose mitigating actions to prevent loss of the installation. The client obtained a technical advice regarding the possibilities to extend the life of the switchgear, the related risks and the mitigating action to be developed.  

DNV GL and Grid operators
We offer our expertise along the asset live of your grid or equipment. Starting with design services to define your projects, specify the equipment needed, select the right equipment for your specific application, assure the quality during manufacturing, testing and installation. During operation we advise on maintenance and refurbishment/replacement options and perform failure analysis. 

These services are provided by technical specialists and consultants from utilities, manufacturers, and universities. We have the expert knowledge of the equipment: We know how it is designed, how it is manufactured, how it is tested and how it shall or can be applied.

This assures that our services and advices build on experiences of other stages of the life cycle .

Some of the things Ebbo can help you with...

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