Newsletter 3, March, 2019
100% Renewable Energy Needs Lots of Storage. This Polar Vortex Test Showed How Much. According to Inside climate news the key for the use of green energy supplied by wind and solar farms is energy storage, this has been shown in the cold January days when if renewable energy had to be used much more battery storage capacity would have been required. “Energy storage is a key piece of the power puzzle as cities, states and supporters of the Green New Deal talk about a transition to 100 percent carbon-free energy sources within a few decades. US would need to transform its grid in a way that could meet demand on the hottest and coldest days, a task that would involve a huge build-out of wind, solar and energy storage, plus interstate power lines.” https://insideclimatenews.org/news/20022019/100-percent-renewable-energy-battery-storage-need-worst-case-polar-vortex-wind-solar
“New data from Eurostat shows how many European Union member states have reached their 2020 renewable energy goals, as of 2017. The EU as a whole aims to get 20 percent of all its energy from renewable sources by next year. But its 28 member states all have different goals, ranging from 10 percent to nearly 50 percent of energy share. Thus far, 11 of the countries have already hit their goals, including Sweden (which now gets more than half its energy from renewables) and Finland (over 40 percent). A few other countries, such as Latvia, Austria, and Greece, are very close to hitting their marks, as well. Considering these are 2017 numbers, it’s possible a few of these nations have since reached their goals. But the majority of the EU member states have yet to meet their goals, and it’s not looking good for countries like France and The Netherlands. https://electrek.co/2019/02/20/egeb-eu-renewable-energy-targets-texas-solar-farms-china-solar-subsidies/
Newsletter 1, October, 2017
GridAbleis progressing successfully to deliver value to the renewable energy space, including wind and solar energy.
GridAble is a EC funded four years project, which started on January 1st 2017, with value of 8.3 m EUR, including EC and private partner contribution, to support breakthrough innovation for boosting the growth of renewable energy sector thanks to more efficient energy storage and transportation, achieved through newly formulated, functionalized materials with low C-footprint.
The aim of GridAble is to develop PP/SiO2 nanocomposites with proper nanoparticle functionalization and dispersion, demonstrating the improvements this novel material can bring to the state of the art of HVDC cables and DC capacitors insulation. In HVDC cables PP/SiO2 are to replace current technology based on XLPE based manufacturing, thus significantly lowering the total energy consumption of the PP/SiO2 processing and meeting Circular Economy requirements. While in DC capacitors the benefit is to reduce the thickness of PP film by using the potentially more reliable nanocomposite film. This would allow to make smaller capacitors, which brings relevant savings and therefore facilitates greatly the penetration of renewable technology.
GridAble received funding under EC Horizon 2020 programme.