How investment in distributed energy networks can boost renewable energy

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Distributed energy, New Gen, Renewable energy / 30 August, 2021

Andrea Daly Aurenty Journalist

It is impossible to talk about distributed energy without highlighting its close relationship with renewable energies. Decentralization of electricity generating plants, regardless of the resource used to generate it, is already an important step for the daily development of population centers, industrial parks and entire cities.

The importance of implementing decentralization measures can be highlighted, as this guarantees the full operation of the systems, avoids saturating the distribution networks, significantly reduces the loss of energy if the source is located at a great distance from its final destination; We can even speak of a feedback within this powerful system, where the generating plants can be from different sources, whether wind, solar panels, biomass and/or biogas processing plants; the possibilities are many and the results guarantee not only access to a stable source of electricity, but also make the most of the resources, leaving little room for resource loss.

 

Benefits of energy distribution networks and renewable energies 

  • The everyday, resource-conscious use of resources: imagine waking up one morning before going to your place of employment, using the shower that recycles water for your toilet, preparing your breakfast and using organic waste either as fertilizer for your garden or collecting it for your local biomass plant to use; you have the option of driving your electric vehicle that is not only powered by your home’s grid, but in case of emergencies can power it, even if that grid uses solar panels, small wind turbines, batteries in your home or just your community’s direct grid to power it; you can also ride your bike or take the electric bus into the city. Along the way you can glimpse thermoelectric plants, thermonuclear plants, recycling and biomass or biogas plants, all part of the decentralized network that keeps your environment running and helps to reduce living costs, conserve resources and make the most of the energy produced.
  • From the micro to the macro: there are three types of networks, the first being off-grid, where the user has at his disposal a small energy network and even has storage units such as batteries. Then comes a peculiar and interesting combination, where users retain their connection to a centralized grid, to which they can resort at times when there is no available connection to renewable energies, sometimes due to the natural intermittency associated with these sources; they can also choose to use batteries, thus guaranteeing access to three or more energy sources at the same time.
  • Individual and collective connection and backup: by building networks of various scales, which are responsible for power generation and are spread throughout the territory, they offer various backups to users.

The fact that distributed energy projects are designed to ensure not only access to a constant and environmentally responsible source of electricity, but also consider the integration of diverse methods of energy production and storage with a focus on renewable energy production styles is an excellent example of how integrated and decentralized systems are the true future of humanity and investment in them is an investment with positive results.