2019 didn’t bring us much of anything new in the way of sustainable energy. It was more a year with consolidations, but still a move toward healthy, positive sustainability. So, what will 2020 bring us, if anything new?
A quiet year of sustainable technology should tell us that we are achieving what we need to in the way of fossil-fuel generation and we have maturing technology with low-carbon grid. The room for innovation is still there though and that is what we can expect to see in 2020 according to experts.
Some areas that we can expect to see some innovations coming to light are:
Floating solar arrays is growing in popularity on freshwater bodies. Before this sustainable technology can grow any more, the frontier of offshore floating solar needs to be developed. Once it is there, there isn’t any doubt in the minds of sustainability experts that it will go mainstream popular quickly.
So far, static compensators haven’t reaped much attention in the mainstream of sustainability, but it is a technology to keep an eye on as grids try to integrate increasing amounts of renewable energy. The natural frequency-response for renewable-heavy grids lacks the needed mechanism, therefore, compensate are required. This is just coming to light for most equipment manufacturers.
Dynamic export cables
Equinor’s October choice to go forward with Hywind Tampen project’s 88-megawatt was huge news for the floating offshore wind. Experts believe that dwarfing the bottom-fixed market a burgeoning technology may be the answer. The challenge of this is how is connection with a floating platform and a static cable on the sea going to work? Dynamic export cables with high voltages will be on the platform too.
Molten salt reactors
Identifying nuclear energy technology to monitor is tense for several reasons. The debate on the degree to which nuclear be eligible as a clean energy source, the sector’s conventional approach meets ongoing problems in the United States and Europe, and choices such as merging and small modular reactors endure irritatingly far from commercialization.
However, advocates claim that developing technology, the molten salt reactor, might make carbon-free electricity with less radiation risks than conventional nuclear.
Renewable generated hydrogen is quickly leaving the “emerging” category and heading into the “established” category. With ten countries crowding for leading positions in what many are claiming to be the next significant thing in energy.