Germany to expand its knowledge to further grow its booming renewable industry
Published: 13 Jul 2016 By Grace Kimberley
It’s no secret that Germany is painting the picture for every country wanting to grow its renewable sector. The country is positively booming in terms of clean energy, especially in wind and solar and has been the third major contributor to the 5% increase in global Renewable energy jobs this year. But, what is Germany’s secret? Well, where other countries have either failed or succeeded considerably less than Germany in providing support to the industry, Germany has continued to invest in its knowledge of renewable energy technologies and the success of new projects.
Despite Germany’s success in the Renewable sector, the country is absolutely looking towards the future and to further growing its thriving industry to the best of its potential. Considering Germany are at the top, this will require extensive knowledge of renewable technologies such as wind turbines and solar panels.
Last month, German meteorologists, utility firms and various engineers began the testing of machines to determine if big data could be an option in making Germany’s power sources more compatible with the grid. Now Germany’s wind capacity is currently the third largest in the world, with Renewables providing one-third of household electricity, but the issue is that with renewable energy, it really is dependent on the weather. If the breeze is calm and the sky is cloudy, grid operators have no choice but to use conventional power stations to meet the country’s energy requirements. There are also major highs in terms of the weather, such as the 8th May, where Germany was running solely on renewable energy for approximately four hours.
This is incredible show, but unfortunately something that can’t be predicted or controlled. So, how can Germany combat this uncertainty? Well, there are various weather models that predict the arrival and complexity of storms and other similar weather fronts in each region, but these can’t make assumptions about the strength of wind, which isn’t helpful in this sense. Usually, wind turbines are fitted with devices that measure wind speeds at their hubs and many solar panels withhold a similar system to measure sunlight. After many tests and many brainstorming sessions last June, a final idea was materialized that would heavily involve these power forecasts.
The eventual aim is to use the power forecast to adjust how much power is produced, therefore combatting the changes in weather and other factors, at least to a considerable extent more than what’s possible currently. It’s thought that in roughly 2 years’ time, this idea could absolutely be operational in Germany.
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