Trends and developments in the world of energy
Energy is one of the most important issues of our time. We depend on energy for virtually everything we do: from powering our cars's and lighting our homes to supporting our digital devices. In recent years, we have seen a number of important trends and developments in energy. In this blog, we discuss some of these developments and how they could affect our future.
Emergence of renewable energy sources
One of the most striking trends in energy is the rise of renewable energy sources. Wind and solar energy have experienced tremendous growth in recent years and are now considered the fastest growing energy sources in the world. This is mainly due to the falling cost of these technologies and the growing awareness of the need to reduce our carbon emissions. Read here a story about Wind Farm Weert.
The heat pump
You've probably heard of it: the water pump. With a heat pump, you heat your home without natural gas, so it replaces the central heating boiler. This makes your home a lot more sustainable. A heat pump runs on electricity and uses heat from the air or soil. So this is not only good for the climate, but also for your bill!
Electrification of transportation
Another important trend is the electrification of transportation. Electric vehicles have become increasingly popular in recent years, and many countries have announced ambitious plans to electrify their fleets. This has led to an increase in demand for renewable energy sources, as most electric vehicles need to be charged with electricity from the grid. We spoke about this the other day with our partner the LWV. Click here for this article.
Digitization of the energy sector
A fourth development is the digitization of the energy sector. Smart meters, smart grids and advanced energy management systems are becoming increasingly popular and help energy companies better manage supply and demand. This can lead to improved efficiency, reliability and affordability of energy supply.
Hoe afhankelijker we worden van hernieuwbare energiebronnen, hoe groter en geavanceerde de opslagtechnologieën van energiebronnen moeten zijn. Opslag kan helpen om de variabele energieopwekking van wind- en zonne-energie te balanceren en een constante energietoevoer te garanderen. Er zijn verschillende opslagtechnologieën beschikbaar, waaronder batterijen, waterstof en thermische opslag. Benieuwd naar de mogelijkheden rondom waterstof? Klik hier voor meer informatie.