Decarbonization, decentralization, grid expansion, sector coupling (also known as integrated energy), and renewables: The energy industry is currently facing a number of challenges, because it is closely linked to important industries and will also have to play a key role in meeting the challenges of climate change.
In addition, the energy transition means constant challenges for the industry: The increasing proportion of energy from intermittent renewable energy sources (such as solar and wind power) is having an impact on electricity grids, particularly with regard to the stability and security of supply. Also, the current lack of suitable technologies to store the generated energy means that new power plants – the majority of which are fired by natural gas – have to be built to stabilize the grid.
Drees & Sommer offers clients interdisciplinary cross-industry know-how to meaningfully coordinate the four high-priority areas of action for the energy transition: economy, generation, transport, and storage.
We have been supporting transmission grid operators with the construction and expansion of the German electricity grid – both onshore and offshore – since the early days of the energy transition. But we also advise power plant operators and municipal utilities on the construction of new gas-fired power plants and district heating networks, and on the repurposing of decommissioned power plant sites. In addition to project control, our experts undertake process and approval management roles, advise clients on the establishment of project management organizations, and provide communication support.
Our clients benefit in particular from our interdisciplinary and flexible teams’ wealth of practical experience. Our innovative tools and process, such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), and the transfer of the Lean Construction Management (LCM) approach to the energy industry, also generate added value for them.