Last updated: 18 March 2019

At Greenmatch, we like to keep ourselves updated on what is happening in green energy. Therefore, we have decided to share with our readers some of the interesting news and articles every month.

We have gathered some interesting news for you in February. Read and stay up to date on what is happening in the green energy sector in UK and abroad.

In case you've missed reading our January roundup, you can find it here.

1. Storage required to cover 100% renewable energy needs

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Energy analysts wanted to find out just how much battery power is required to be able to exclusively rely on renewable energy in the cold dark months. By using energy production and power demand data, it showed how a 100& renewable energy grid that is powered by wind and solar energy would have significant stretches and a large volume of storage batteries are required to meet the necessary demand.

"You would need a lot more batteries in a lot more places," said Wade Schauer, a research director for Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, who co-wrote the report.

Hi analysis concluded that in order to go from 11 gigawatts today to 277.9 gigawatts in the grid regions that include New England, New York, Mid Atlantic, Midwest and parts of the South, they would need double the current forecast for energy storage nationwide in 2040.

Read more: 100% Renewable energy needs lots of storage. This polar vortex test showed how much.

2. Renewable energy will be dominant by 2040

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Global oil major BP has published their annual Energy Outlook in February 2019, and predicted that renewable energy will be a dominant source of power generation globally by 2040. It also said that energy demand would increase by around a third driven mainly by rapid growth in Asia.

The Outlook again brings into sharp focus just how fast the world’s energy systems are changing, and how the dual challenge of more energy with fewer emissions is framing the future,” said Bob Dudley, BP group chief executive, before adding his subtle caveat: “Meeting this challenge will undoubtedly require many forms of energy to play a role.”

Read more: BP energy outlook predicts renewable energy will be dominant by 2040.

3. Kites and drones to generate renewable energy

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A bunch of researches developed a software that analyses how kites and drones can be used in energy generation while transforming the kinetic energy of the wind into electrical energy that can be used. Airborne Wind Energy Systems (AWES) are a new kind of technology to harvest wind energy. 

"AWES are disruptive technologies that operate at high altitudes and generate electrical energy," explains Gonzalo Sánchez Arriaga, Ramón y Cajal research fellow at the department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering at the UC3M. "They combine well-known disciplines from electrical engineering and aeronautics, such as the design of electric machines, aeroelasticity and control, with novel and non-conventional disciplines related to drones and tether dynamics," he adds.

Read more: Renewable energy generation with kites and drones.

4. Smart charging market for electric vehicles

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UK power newtworks (UKPN) is launching trials to asses the requirements of a smart charging market for electric vehicles. The distribution network operator aims to reduce the demand of charging clusters of cars on local electricity infrastructure and keep energy bills lower.

"However, incentives from networks will not by themselves change people’s charging habits – it will need a mix of lower energy costs from retailers plus the reduced network cost incentives." - says Ian Cameron, Head of Innovation from UKPN.

Read more: UKPN targets UK's 'first smart charging market' for electric vehicles.