Projections See U.S. and Canada Lowering Conventional Energy Use With Distributed Energy Resources on the Rise

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DNV GL, a world-leader in quality assurance and risk management services for maritime, oil, gas, power and renewable industries, recently released their annual Energy Transition Outlook for 2019 with projections into the year 2050. This report is DNV GL’s view on the future of energy and what the path ahead most likely will look like. While the United States and Canada are both projected to see an increase in population and wealth, the total energy usage will be lowered by about 30%. Why? An increase in CO2 free electricity by use of Distributed Energy Resources of Solar and Wind.

The study shows that by the year 2050, the United States and Canada are both looking at 24% of their total electricity use coming from solar PV. This will be made possible because by the late 2020’s, 962 GWac of solar power will be generated, being installed at a rate of 35 to 45GWac of capacity per year.

Wind turbines will be generating almost 50% of electricity by 2050, with onshore wind climbing to 26% and offshore wind rising to 22% from 0% of today. Hydro and nuclear power, respectively, will be around 8% and gas-fired generation will hover around 10%. Coal, a non-renewable energy resource, will account for about 0% of generation as early as the ‘30’s. This means that by 2050, over 80% of electricity being generated in the United States and Canada will be coming from distributed energy resources.

Seasonal energy storage wasn’t included in the report. The battery storage systems considered were from flow, lithium ion batteries, pumped hydroelectric energy storage and electric vehicles. Standalone systems that use lithium ion batteries deliver only a small amount of energy storage, while electric vehicles (EV) and flow batteries offer greater energy storage services.

In the coming years, DNV GL anticipates that globally, 12 TWac of solar power will be installed, with China leading the pack—being responsible for a little over 4 TWac, while 2 TWac of that capacity will be coming from India (TWac refers to the nominal power output when converted from DC to AC). At this point in time, DNV GL predicts that one-third of global electricity will come from PV. By the ‘30’s, 600 GWac will be installed annually, with solar power making up 60% of all new electricity generating capacity installed each year.

Regional energy usage will still heavily be composed of nonrenewable resources like coal, oil and nuclear fuels in the foreseeable future. But, the CO2 emissions from these nonrenewable sources will slowly begin to decline due to efficiency gains versus the lack of newer, cleaner sources. By 2050, we’re looking at electricity accounting for 45% of total energy used, with 90% coming from CO2 free distributed energy resources.

At Intersect Energy, we provide analysis, financing and structuring of alternative energy solutions to our clients. Our goal is to reduce your site’s environmental impact while helping to maximize your savings. Our distributed energy resources including solar, wind, cogeneration, CHP and fuel cells help save an average of 20% in energy cost to our clients. Lower your conventional energy usage by trusting in the experts at Intersect Energy for all your green energy needs! To keep up with all the latest news in renewable energy, make sure to follow us on LinkedIn.

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EOUS By Intersect Energy

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Intersect Energy, LLC has developed a revolutionary portable packaging of solar power with a battery system. This system allows for immediate and rapid expansion of remote electrification for rural development, humanitarian relief, commercial and military uses. Intersect’s unit, named EOUS, is a green way to supply power for beyond the grid (BTG) distributed resources. The EOUS system can provide 7-12 kW anywhere in the world for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If more power is needed, another unit can easily be tied into the existing system. We believe our system is also a perfect green solution for rapid deployment when power isn’t readily available due to disasters, weather or blackouts.

Each individual EOUS unit utilizes up to 120 module solar panels and batteries of 300-400 kW sizing to completely optimize the space inside of a standard ISO 20-foot container, allowing for over 40 kW direct current (DC) nameplate capacity for each unit. The battery system is placed in the bottom two racks of EOUS, providing stability for the unit.

At Intersect Energy, we recognize that skilled labor is in short supply in most BTG areas that require this level of power. Therefore, we engineered our EOUS unit’s installation to be as simple as possible. 90% of EOUS is wired out in the manufacturing facility, meaning that the remaining installation is almost as simple as a plug and play scenario. A quick connect electrical system is used to allow someone with little to no experience to set up the system in as little as 4-6 hours with energy becoming immediately available, sourced solely from the sun.

EOUS allows electric energy to be supplied at a much lower cost to rural communities, during disaster or in conflict zones—anywhere in the world. EOUS is rugged and can withstand most weather conditions, making it the best energy solution for multiple initiatives. Each EOUS unit is designed to work independently from an existing grid and can be easily transported, deployed and up in running in no time.

California Naval Base to Test Similar Transportable Battery Storage Systems as EOUS

Interestingly enough, Northern Reliability Inc. (NRI) was selected by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to develop a similar product as Intersect Energy’s EOUS for the U.S. Navy. This Battery Energy Storage System, better known as BESS, is being launched at a Southern California Naval base in early 2020 where it will go through testing and operational use.

The creation of these systems is looking to combine solar energy and the BESS along with Navy site generation to provide backup power to naval equipment and facilities when faced with electrical outages due to combat, blackouts, disasters and weather. Much like EOUS, these naval solar power battery systems will be transportable, rapidly deployable and able to work independently or together with the larger local electrical grid.

Intersect’s Cutting-Edge Technology

With each passing day, microgrids are becoming more common; however, the use of transportable microgrids is a somewhat new concept. Our development is revolutionary—taking away the difficulty (money, skilled labor, time) to connect to existing grids as well as completely abolishing the need for fossil fuel. We believe transportable microgrids could be the missing, essential piece of the puzzle for disaster relief areas and military zones where the power from an existing grid has been disrupted.

At Intersect Energy, we provide turnkey solutions to our customers, offering assessment, design, financing, installation and management services. Our EOUS unit is the best energy solution and should be considered in any sustainable initiative. Decrease your electricity prices by increasing your solar energy consumption with Intersect! To keep up with all the latest news in renewable energy, make sure to follow us on LinkedIn.

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