After finishing his Masters studies in electrical engineering at the Technical University of Vienna in 2005 “with distinction”, Roland Matous joined the Austrian transmission system operator Verbund APG where he worked as a Market Manager.

In 2007, he joined the Energy Community Secretariat, where he worked as Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB) Electricity Expert.

In 2013, Matous joined the OPEC Secretariat as Research Specialist advising the Director, Research Division. There, he was responsible for drafting the annual Work Programme for the Research Division, set and review its KPIs as well as draft and review the budget.

Furthermore, he has been involved in a number of industry projects showing great initiative.

Since joining the Austrian Railway Operator ÖBB as Head of Power Generation, in 2018, he is supervising approximately 200 employees at 13 production sites.

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Ahead of the 12th Annual Electricity Flexibility, Ancillary Services and Balancing Forum  we spoke with Roland Matous, Head of Power Generation, ÖBB

How is ÖBB involved in power generation and what is your role in this?

Although almost unknown, ÖBB has actually a very long history in power generation – more than a hundred years. Currently, ÖBB operates 8 hydro power plants as well as the world’s first photovoltaic power plant, delivering green energy directly to the catenary wire.

Since January 2018, I am leading the power generation branch of ÖBB Infrastruktur AG and our strategy is clear: To be the top provider of green mobility and, therefore, to produce even more green electricity.

Based on your background and experience, what is the current state of storage and flexibility capabilities throughout Europe?

Taking into consideration the increasing share of relatively volatile renewable energy sources in the European energy mix, such as wind or photovoltaic, energy storage will play an essential role when it comes to stabilizing the power grid. Here we see two mega trends: centralized storage, e.g. pumped storage hydro power plants and decentralized storage such as batteries or hydrogen.

ÖBB have made significant movements towards innovation in the use of energy storage to drive business growth. ÖBB also generates a large percentage of its electricity from renewable resources. What are the key factors that have enabled ÖBB reach to where they are in their innovation and advancements in this area?  

ÖBB is certainly in a very lucky position. We own some of the biggest reservoirs in the Alps. Some of them were built in the 1920s. After upgrading them to pumped storage power plants, they are perfectly suited for storing huge quantities of energy. But we also look carefully in other options such as batteries and hydrogen.

What would be the greatest threats to the progress in electricity flexibility that we are seeing now? How can we best avoid these?

One of the greatest threats is certainly the limited capacity that we see in the transmission system. Europe desperately needs a high capacity interregional transmission grid in order to be able to increase flexibility and to use the potential of renewable energy sources efficiently. Another issue is the increased flexibility of demand. Here, end consumers will also play an important role and contribute when it comes to providing decentralized storage capacity.

What would you like to achieve by attending the 12th Annual Electricity Flexibility, Ancillary Services and Balancing Forum?

I would like to get in touch with thought leaders in the energy industry and exchange knowledge.

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12th Annual Electricity Flexibility, Ancillary Services and Balancing Forum 

Understanding the true value commercial of flexibility and balancing services in light of advancements in storage, demand side response, and renewable generation

18-20 September 2019 
Vienna, Austria 

An interview with Roland Matous, Head of Power GenerationÖBB

In 2019, we are at a critical point in the development of European electricity balancing services as intraday trading takes flight, the pressure to hit European regulatory targets begins to settle in and we see Brexit take place. All of this happens while pilot projects in accessing and monetising electricity flexibility go ahead all across Europe. What will happen in the future will be determined by the actions of today. As the markets develop further, there is an increasing drive to unlock greater flexibility from the markets whether it be through innovations in balancing services or through closer integration between TSOs and DSOs. 

This marcus evans conference plays a crucial part in a strategy that involves keeping ahead and gaining the decision-making edge for system operators, power distribution companies and ancillary services in the energy industry.

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