21st Century Energy Infrastructure Will Greatly Benefit from Integrated Sustainability Technologies
As new and existing technologies expand options for energy consumers, attention is increasingly given to modernizing renewable energy infrastructure.
Team Gemini incorporates industry-leading technology applications to facilitate modern utilities infrastructure, which optimizes universally-relevant resources for industries like electricity, thermal energy, water, and more.
Renewable energy industry stakeholders continue sharing their support for the integration of a modern grid which draws on decentralized and safeguarded renewable energy supplies. Reconciling current and future energy demands and supplies, many technologies exist today—and continue to be refined moving forward—that make a transition into a more modern grid infrastructure very lucrative. To help accelerate the growth of renewables and integrated power supplies, several underlying support structures are being proposed as well:
“To facilitate the ongoing transition to a new power supply paradigm, we jointly call for a sustained, positive effort to build a 21st century grid infrastructure that takes full advantage of technology available today to increase the efficiency and reliability of the grid,” the declaration continues. “Those technologies include demand response, energy storage, and the broad portfolio of grid-scale and distributed renewable generation technologies available today. These renewable technologies include hydro, biomass, geothermal, biogas, waste-to-energy, fuel cells, and combined heat and power as well as wind and solar power.”
The groups provide three support points in the vision, which include:
- Market structures that appropriately value new and existing technologies for the attributes they bring to the grid, including energy, capacity, flexibility, dispatchability, and other essential reliability services.
- Tax reform that protects the current incentives for renewable energy, includes extension of the renewable tax credits that have already expired, and levels the long-term playing field to support investment in the electric power infrastructure.
- Expansion and modernization of the power grid to support the operation and integration of renewables and a more dynamic system of meeting reliability needs, including expanded transmission and greater connectivity between balancing areas, distributed generation, more responsive load, and community power systems.
As an increasing number of working examples showcase benefits of modernizing grid infrastructure, among the most relevant places to continue this trend are industry projects.
Specific to Team Gemini’s offerings in supplying these resources, team members like 2G Energy (combined heat and power), Viessmann (thermal energy et al), ABB (microgrids and resource management and monitoring), and A3 (wastewater treatment and conservation) come to mind. Beyond these, sustainable agriculture also comes into play, as food resources are critical for survival. These companies, among others, provide outstanding technology and service options to fulfill a variety of energy efficiency needs for countless industries.
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