by David Lee-Jones, Business Development and Project Manager
As we enter an era in which sustainable and ecological solutions are a priority for global development, renewable energy technologies are becoming a key element of our future. As the challenges of climate change mount and energy demand increases, the need for innovation in the energy sector becomes more pressing. In this context, identifying trends in renewable energy technologies is not only an interesting research task, but also a key element of our long-term planning.
At Forte Renewables, our main goal is to support a greener and more sustainable world. As we face an evolving energy landscape, it is critical that we stay up to date with the latest trends in renewable energy technology. Here are some key insights that we believe are important for the renewable energy industry soon:
- Evolution of solar energy: Solar energy continues to be at the forefront of renewable energy production. Innovations in photovoltaic technology, such as perovskite solar cells and bifacial panels, are increasing efficiency and reducing costs. The number of photovoltaic installations on roofs is growing significantly, and thanks to the development of energy storage technologies, solar energy is becoming a more reliable source of electricity both during the day and at night.
- Advances in wind energy: Both onshore and offshore wind turbines are supplying increasing amounts of renewable energy to electricity grids in an increasing number of countries. Turbines are also becoming taller and more efficient, allowing for more efficient use of wind resources. However, as the industry evolves, it is seeing some reliability challenges with some major OEMs. It is expected that these problems will be solved in the future and wind energy will remain one of the cheapest and most important sources of renewable energy.
- Energy storage breakthrough: Battery technology has undergone a revolution in recent years. Lithium-ion batteries are evolving, and alternative technologies such as solid-state batteries and flow batteries are also emerging. These advances are key to storing renewable energy to ensure the stability of the power grid when renewable access fluctuates.
- The growing importance of hydrogen: Green hydrogen is gaining more and more popularity as a clean energy carrier. The electrolysis process, powered by renewable energy, enables hydrogen production with minimal impact on the environment. Although hydrogen production is energetically expensive, excess renewable energy can be used to power electrolysers during periods of lower electricity prices. Green hydrogen has the potential to play a key role in sectors such as transport and heavy industry.
- Decentralization and the rise of microgrids: Communities and businesses are increasingly using decentralized energy generation through microgrids such as rooftop photovoltaic installations. This enables local energy production, reduces transmission losses, and increases the resilience of the energy system.
- Digitalization and emerging artificial intelligence: Integrating artificial intelligence and data analytics is becoming a key element in optimizing renewable energy operations. Technologies such as predictive maintenance, grid management and demand forecasting are transforming operations into more efficient and reliable renewable energy systems.
At Forte Renewables, we are committed to staying at the forefront of these trends. Our team of experts helps our clients navigate the changing renewable energy landscape, and our goal is not only to provide the best renewable energy solutions, but also to educate and support our clients in adapting to the rapidly changing energy landscape.