Category: Tech Talk

How charging in buildings can power up the electric-vehicle industry

While EV charging stations in private residences are quite common today, on-site commercial charging will need to become a standard building feature in the next ten years to meet consumer demand. Across the three most advanced EV markets—China, the EU-27 plus the United Kingdom, and the United States—charging in residential and commercial buildings is the dominant place for the foreseeable future and will remain key to scaling the industry.

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Strategies for cost reduction of green hydrogen

Gaps in cost and performance are expected to narrow over time as innovation and mass deployment of different electrolysis technologies drive convergence towards similar costs. The wide range in system costs is expected to remain, however, as this is very much dependent on the scale, application and scope of delivery.

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Virtual power plants to become a key driver for renewables adoption and integration

A VPP is essentially a network that aggregates multiple smaller-scale generation sources, alongside energy storage systems and flexible power consumers. These VPPs relieve grid load with smart software applications that will enable the balancing and management of power sources to support both the integration of intermittent renewable sources and the adoption of more distributed energy resources (DERs), largely in rooftop solar.

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How PV-plus- storage will compete with gas generation in the U.S.

The combination of ever-cheaper energy storage systems and state and federal policy support has heightened utilities’ interest in hybrid projects combining solar photovoltaics and storage (known as PVS for short). There are now over 19 GW of PVS projects in the pipeline in the U.S and expected to come online by 2023, and an additional 80 GW of projects in the interconnection queue.

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Why artificial intelligence is a game-changer for renewable energy

AI is revolutionizing the renewables industry, with improved demand forecasting, superior asset management, and operational excellence through automation. As the low-carbon transition gains pace, AI’s ability to seamlessly integrate an enormous increase of intermittent renewable energy will be needed to ensure a stable and reliable grid.

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Unlocking South Africa’s hydrogen potential

There is little doubt that hydrogen will be a major force in achieving the 2°C scenario and that South Africa stands in an unprecedented position to partake in the global hydrogen economy — both through direct use of hydrogen technology and through supplying the raw materials that enable it.

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Data exchange via virtual assistants is key to unlocking the full potential of the future energy system

Connecting buildings to a cross-sectoral, decentralized energy system is a proven means of integrating more renewable energy sources and further increasing energy efficiency. However, the operation of such highly interconnected energy systems is becoming painstaking. Data and algorithms will be the key to overcome these pains and to unlock the innovative systems’ full potential.

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Solar Power Finds Ripe New Market in Crop Protection, says BNEF

The fusion of agriculture and solar – where elevated panels shelter crops beneath – can be seen in two ways: it makes the same piece of land doubly productive, or it slices away performance from both. There is something to be said for both arguments, as more and more so-called agroPV projects are being rolled out globally.

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Bifacial emerges as a prominent technology for utility-scale projects

Efforts are on worldwide to develop more advanced technologies with higher efficiencies for maximum gains. In this evolutionary process, bifacial technology, which is one of the most important technological shifts in the solar PV market, is driven by the increased adoption of advanced cell architecture and focus on system efficiencies.

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Hydrogen ‘required’ to meet UK net-zero goal, says National Grid

The UK will need hydrogen to meet its goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, according to the latest National Grid “future energy scenarios”. Hydrogen “could be the solution to many of the hardest parts of the transition to net-zero”, National Grid says, particularly in long-distance freight, shipping and heavy industry.

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