Renewables Cannot Adapt To Varying Electricity Demand
It is certainly appealing to have clean, reusable energy for household and business utilities when it comes to renewable energy. But why isn’t the use of these energy sources as common as it should be in a world that strives for environmental stability?
Well, as it turns out, renewable energy sources struggle to adapt to meet changing energy demands. Some of the most common barriers faced by renewable energy sources are summarised below.
While power plants use fossil fuels for a steady supply of energy, renewables are generally more inconsistent. These energy sources rely on weather conditions and daylight hours. This makes it hard to match the supply of energy with the demand for electricity and residential and business gas throughout the day.
Infrastructure and cost
Making the shift from traditional sources to renewable energy means making changes in infrastructure and energy grids. This shift would also need a large financial investment and time to build new facilities or integrate them with existing energy systems. This may be difficult for small businesses and too costly for their SME energy needs.
Renewable energy sources are often distributed geographically. For example, they can be distributed from solar panels on rooftops or wind farms in specific regions. When these sources are integrated into the centralised power grid, it can cause stability issues. This leads to the need for more sophisticated grid management solutions.
Although renewable energy technologies have come a long way, they’re still changing and maturing. And since research and development are still ongoing to improve efficiency and reduce costs, the adaptation of these technologies will likely change as they mature.
Energy demand peaks
Certain industries and facilities like large enterprises may have a peak demand period that can be difficult to fulfil with renewables alone. In these cases, alternative solutions like a backup power supply may be necessary to keep up with large business energy demands.
There have been some improvements in energy storage technologies over the years. But, they still have limitations. This is particularly true when it comes to their capacity and cost in systems like battery energy storage systems.