Solar and wind: our ambition in renewable energies

Wind farm on the Faroe Islands

The world’s energy future is being shaped by the dual challenge of climate change and rising demand for energy. Our ambition to get to net-zero emissions for all our businesses by 2050, together with society, means taking these realities into account by investing heavily in renewables. We are focusing our efforts on the fast-growing solar, onshore wind and offshore wind segments, leveraging the many advantages that these abundant, clean, flexible, efficient and competitive sources of energy have to offer. 

Why we believe in renewable energies

> 30%*
Renewable energies will represent more than 30%* in the global energy mix by 2040
* Source: IEA SDS
According to the Sustainable Development Scenario (SDS) from the International Energy Agency (IEA), the share of renewable energies in the global energy mix is expected to increase sharply, from 14% in 2019 to 36% in 2040. Alongside natural gas, the least carbon-intensive fossil fuel, renewables will make it possible to meet the world’s growing demand for electricity while at the same time limiting global warming.

Total’s ambition for renewable energies

100 GW
Target for installed renewable power generation capacity by 2030

Getting to net-zero emissions for all our businesses by 2050, together with society, requires developing new industries, new activities and cutting-edge technologies in renewable energies, with the aim of expanding their share in our portfolio. 
To achieve this, we are focusing on:

1.    Development of large solar and onshore wind plants

We design, finance, build and operate large solar and onshore wind plants. Leveraging our longstanding presence and deep roots in different parts of the world, we deliver projects that are both reliable and sustainable over the long term. For example, we have entered into agreements to develop an 800-megawatt (MW) solar plant in Al Kharsaah, Qatar. The facility will meet around 10% of Qatar’s electricity peak demand and will reduce its CO2-equivalent emissions by 26 million metric tons throughout the life of the project.  

2.    Development of large offshore wind projects

Backed by our recognized expertise in managing offshore projects, we decided in 2020 to become a player in offshore wind.

First, we entered into Seagreen 1, a major fixed-bottom offshore wind project in the United Kingdom. Featuring a generating capacity of up to 1,500 megawatts, the facility will cover the energy needs of around 1 million U.K. homes and will be one of Scotland’s largest offshore wind farms. With this ambitious project, which is scheduled to start up in 2022, Total has moved up a gear in fixed-bottom offshore wind.

We have also signed three agreements to develop floating offshore wind projects in the United Kingdom (100 MW), South Korea (up to 2,000 MW) and France (30 MW), positioning the Group as a pioneer in this high-potential market. 

3.    Distributed power generation solutions

Consumers, municipalities, companies – nowadays everyone wants to gain control over their electricity production, not to mention their consumption. To meet their needs, we provide a range of tailor-made photovoltaic solar systems that can be installed on rooftops, parking lots or vacant land. 
By enabling our customers to produce and consume their own energy, these solutions allow them to make a lasting commitment to fighting climate change while also reducing their electricity bill.

4.    Stationary energy storage solutions

Due to the intermittent nature of wind and solar energy, large-scale storage of renewable electricity is critical to ensuring grid stability.   
That is why Total is investing in stationary storage capacity. In Dunkirk, for example, we have launched the largest battery storage project in France, with an overall capacity of 61 megawatt-hours to be rolled out in two phases: Dunkirk I (25 MW) and Dunkirk II (36 MW). 

In addition, our affiliate Saft designs, produces and sells high-tech batteries for industry, developing solutions that combine superior energy density, longevity and performance to cater to renewable energy applications. Energy storage is a critical ally for the growth of renewable energies.

5.    Electricity solutions for our customers in Europe

Our goal is to expand our portfolio of European gas and power customers from 9 million in 2020 to13 million in 2025. 

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Power storage: The key to renewables’ success

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Storage is quite possibly the greatest challenge currently facing the renewables industry. For these energies to become indispensable, we must be able to deliver the power they produce at the times we need it most, namely at night and in the winter. This means storing energy when it is produced (when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing) and distributing it outside these periods.
 
At Total, we are convinced that optimizing storage is key to the expansion of renewable energies, provided that it is backed by technologies that are safe and competitive, both economically and technically. To rise to this challenge, we are investing in stationary storage capacity in Dunkirk, for example, where we have launched the largest project of this type in France. We also draw on the expertise of our affiliate Saft, the world leader in advanced-technology batteries for industry, whose next-generation lithium-ion batteries can store a large amount of electricity in a small amount of space.
Panneaux solaires installés sur le toit d’un vignoble en Italie

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