Energy Technology

Integrating renewable energy sources into innovative technology

The transition to clean energy is forcing energy providers to identify renewable energy sources that have no connections with fossil fuels. Additionally, the developers must identify methods that can channel the energy into the existing district heating systems without incurring high costs for piping, installations, and other equipment involved. This trend implies that the district heating system will be more complex in the coming years forcing the energy developers to find smart solutions for incorporating renewable energy and the excess heat in an efficient, affordable, and reliable method. The essence of this requirement is to thin out the pollutive sources and to resolve the climate change crisis.

Moreover, it would be ideal to reuse the energy from renewable energy sources as heat energy instead of focusing on their technologies and the consumption of more resources to generate it. This move would minimize the pressure on the natural resources that are slowly diminishing and becoming extinct due to overexploitation. Additionally, the energy regulators must develop systems that ensure the generated heat energy does not contribute to climate change and that it is free from fossil fuel associations. This concept must be achievable within the available resources and not strain the other systems to dish out more.

One of the primary problems is that renewable energy is normally available in excess when its demand is low and vice versa. For instance, the mega solar panels convert sunshine to solar energy for heating. However, these plants must be integrated with big heat storage utilities to ensure that consumption and production are the desirable levels. Heat energy from renewable energy sources has always been treated as a solution when the energy comes in excess quantities. The future will require firms to develop utilities that dedicate their resources to collecting heat energy from the renewables to meet demand.

Grundfos came up with the idea of iGRID to increase energy efficiency by subdividing it into zones depending on the nature of the buildings. The program allows for the infusion of renewable energy as surplus heat in smaller quantities into the local grids. The technology allows the inception of low-temperature energy before it is stepped up to high-temperature energy and subsequent utilization for district heating.

District heating becomes achievable provided that energy can be extracted from its source. The advantage of this technology is that it can run on the renewable energy sources available even on a smaller scale. The iGRID Temperature solutions and the heat pump are technically advanced ideas that can minimize the piping costs while increasing the heat energy generated.