Renewable energy, what's next?
The renewable energy market is growing rapidly. With that growth comes exciting new developments in technology to decrease our reliance on fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas. Here, we take a look at just a few of the latest developments in renewable energy which may help to shape the way we power our world in the future.
Hydrogen Fuel Cells
The potential for hydrogen as a source of sustainable and environmentally-friendly energy has been long known. Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe and it’s also the cleanest form of fuel! Although hydrogen has the potential to change the way we fly and drive, there need to be significant improvements in the infrastructure of hydrogen fuel cell production to make it a reality. There are only a few hydrogen fuel stations operating in the UK. If improvements are made in this area, hydrogen could become the clean fuel of the future that it has the potential to be!
Power-to-X is the term for a group of energy processes that turn electricity into other sources of energy like synthetic fuel, hydrogen or heat. Primarily, power-to-x has been suggested as a method to speed up the necessary infrastructure changes to make the future self-sustainable. Using electricity to create the fuel sources we will need to become sustainable means that fossil fuel emissions will plummet and get us on the right track to tackle the climate crisis.
Wider Distribution of Power Generation
With solar panels becoming more popular every year, as well as other forms of renewable energy, the distribution of power generation will widen. Instead of all power coming from centralised hubs, each home, office, school and library will have its own source of energy. This means that grid reliability is improved as well as overall energy efficiency.