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Although it is common in several industries to perceive digitization as a threat, it does not hold true for the energy sector. Energy industry experts believe that digitalization could prove key in addressing several pressing challenges in Germany’s energy sector. In Germany, power consumption is poised to increase due to the electrification of transport, heating, and the rise in industrial processes. Furthermore, the share of renewable energy derived is also on the rise. Even if energy efficiency grows in Germany’s energy sector, the demand for electrical power is expected to grow. Moreover, Additionally, Germany will have to electrify more industrial processes to ensure that the country’s ambitious targets to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases are met. This could considerably increase the demand for power in the region.
Consequently, this results in the power supply become highly volatile in the region and making it challenging to manage and balance the power system. Experts at Infiniti Research believe that digitization can act as a catalyst to combat such challenges and prepare the German energy sector for the future.
Handle growing complexity
The way power is produced and distributed is largely changing. Although renewable energy is an effective way to produce energy, they cause increasing volatility and complexity. Also, there is an increase in the number of players at both ends of the power line. Using digital platforms, the energy sector can handle these complexities and promote new forms of collaborations and encourage better trading relations.
Matching demand and supply
Power consumption is commonly a linear process. However, this pattern is set to change with smart power-consuming devices. Smart power consumption devices are constantly connected and leverage the internet in order to transmit information end-to-end. The information available can make smart devices to enhance their performance by optimizing their own consumption. This helps balances the overall power load.
Managing surplus power
The ongoing decentralization of power generation in the energy sector will result in surplus power being generated. This energy must be put to immediate use or must be stored. The growing surpluses can be handled by creating heat, producing synthesized heat, storing in batteries, using smart consumption to match peaks in supply, or through smart distribution that can be enabled through digital platforms.
The recent breakthroughs in natural-gas extraction is a classic example of the sheer speed with which game-changing technologies are transforming the energy industry. With rising environmental concerns and clean energy becoming a necessity than ever before, we can expect to see several groundbreaking clean energy trends over the next couple of years. This article describes some of the key clean energy trends that could revolutionize the energy sector. While not all of these clean energy trends may succeed in the long-run, even if a few of them pan out they could bring considerable changes to the energy landscape. Furthermore, it is also possible that the development of energy technologies is approaching a tipping point that will generate increases in energy productivity on a scale not seen since the Industrial Revolution.
Clean energy trends 2020
Digital power conversion
Large-scale high voltage transformers that were developed in the 1880s lead to the widespread development of the electrical grid, virtually the same technology continues to be used today. High-speed digital switches that are composed of silicon carbide and gallium nitride have been developed for high-frequency power management in military jets to high-speed rail. They are known to be highly energy-efficient and take up only about 1 percent as much space and are more reliable and flexible than the existing transformers. Today’s advanced applications include consumer electronics and variable-speed industrial drives for manufacturing. As such applications expand and the major semiconductor manufacturers begin to produce these technologies at scale, they could replace conventional transformers in the utility industry by 2020. China is particularly well positioned to reap the benefits of adopting digital-power electronics because of the scale of its planned grid expansion.
Blockchain technology would enable the buy and sell of clean energy at optimal times and will largely be driven by IoT and related technologies. This can play an integral role in boosting the performance of energy saving devices. This is a type of peer to peer network that effectively allows customers to trade energy. This may be done through the energy company itself, or even from customer to customer. Either way, this means that the majority of firms will need to capitalize on this emerging market. This can all be done in real-time settings and with the transparency that the blockchain network provides may prove to be beneficial to both businesses and their customers.
Leaders of companies and countries who neglect what is happening on the margins today risk being pushed to the margins themselves in the not-too-distant future.
Such clean energy trends could help coal-fired generators to capture majority of their carbon-di-oxide at a much lesser cost. The viability of this technology could also prevent the closure of several coal plants in the coming years. The same is applicable to plants situated even in China and Europe. However, this cannot be made a reality and be expanded at scale without supportive carbon regulations.
Biofuels and electro fuels
With crude-oil prices skyrocketing, market shares for biofuels such as cane and corn ethanol are rising rapidly. Although second-generation cellulosic biofuels have proved harder to make than many had hoped five years ago, innovative start-ups focused on cellulosic and algae-based biofuels are starting to create high-margin specialty chemicals and blendstocks, generating cash now and suggesting a pathway to deliver biofuels at much cheaper rates in the next couple of years. Furthermore, biopharmaceutical researchers are developing electro fuel pathways that feed carbon dioxide, water, and energy to enzymes to create long-chain carbon molecules that function like fossil fuels at one-tenth the cost of current biofuels.
This year seems to be extremely promising for the renewable energy sector. With an increasing number of nations and organizations embracing sustainable techniques for energy generation, new renewable energy trends are bound to gain momentum. In fact, renewables are now a mainstream option in the power sector in nearly all parts of the world. Renewable energy technologies have also proven to be reliable and now provide the lowest-cost power generation options in many situations. Based on the global trends in renewable energy, our industry experts have curated some of the biggest renewable energy trends that are likely to make an impact in 2019.
Renewable energy trends
One of the key renewable energy trends that are increasingly gaining popularity right now is energy storage. It plays a vital role in balancing the demand and supply of power and also has the power to tackle intermittency issues of renewable energy. By pairing a storage system with a renewable energy source, smooth and steady power supply can be ensured even when the weather conditions are not optimal for energy generation. Batteries are the most common storage devices used in renewable energy systems. The use of these devices is seeing an increasing trend on both residential as well as commercial level.
Deployment of microgrids
Microgrids are local energy grids that have the power to operate either autonomously or when connected to a larger traditional grid. Such renewable energy industry trends are extremely favored due to their ability to offer energy independence, efficiency, and protection during emergencies. Furthermore, artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities can be used with microgrid controllers for continuous improvement of operations.
Grid parity and declining costs
Grid parity occurs when an alternative energy source can generate power at a cost and performance level that is equal to or lesser than electricity generated from conventional methods. Solar and wind energy have reached parity in both price and performance in many regions, and new technologies continue to optimize their competitive edge. Moreover, traditional models of large, top-down and centrally distributed energy production are being replaced by renewable energy trends that are modular, consumer-driven and evenly distributed power generation.
Renewable energy trends in developing countries
When talking about exciting new renewable energy trends and innovations, we often overlook the fact that a significant percentage of the world’s population remains without access to energy at all. While some have unreliable or prohibitively expensive energy sources, others remain without access to energy at all. Although politics often stand in the way of progress, new energy technologies and commitments to promote renewable energy trends from international groups like the World Bank are laying a foundation for providing energy access to developing countries. With their ever-improving cost and performance metrics, we can expect to see renewable energy trends and innovations increasingly deployed to provide power to developing nations.
About the Client
The client, a leading player in the US energy market, was finding it difficult to analyze competitive developments such as expansions, business agreements, product launches, and acquisitions in the renewable energy space. This prompted them to approach Infiniti Research to leverage its expertise in competitive intelligence to develop a competitor analysis template.
The Business Challenge
The energy industry client wanted to leverage Infiniti’s competitor analysis expertise to tactically profile the key players in the renewable energy industry and analyze their growth strategies using a competitor analysis template.
Like the other US industries, the energy industry has shifted its focus from stability to a fluidity as a countermeasure to cope with the ever-increasing challenges. However, our competitor analysis experts suggest that coping with such challenges and exploiting new market opportunities entails adaptation on all fronts. Other competitor analysis strategies include- paying closer attention to the nature of interconnection agreements and regulatory trends in the energy industry. (more…)