In 2018, a number of trends in the renewables and other energy space are expected to float around. The advancements in the digital grid will surely lead but there will some other important trends too to keep a close eye on where the sustainable energy is concerned. Here are the three most prominent 2018 renewable energy trends:
The knowledge of energy storage: With large pool of people taking up the call for the deployment of a fleet of energy storage themselves in order to support the integration of renewables into the power mix, a significant effort to understand the working of the storage and its most beneficial area can be observed. In 2017, the energy storage pilot, trial projects, and demonstration cropped up all across the world.
Wind plus storage: 2017 popularized solar plus storage at a tremendous pace. The increasing awareness about the inherent benefits of solar plus storage that it provides to homeowners and the rising interest of companies, such as Tesla, which opened a new showroom for solar rooftops, electric vehicles, and batteries in New York in 2017 end, had a big hand is popularizing solar plus storage. In the New Year, utility-scale wind plus storage is likely to follow the paths of its behind-the-meter counterpart.
Offshore wind hot spot: The U.S. East Coast emerged as one of the hot spots in the offshore wind sector in 2017, which, most probably, is not going to change much in the New Year. The existing projects are expected to start maturing through the growth process and the smaller issues will surface on the environmental and several other fronts that will serve as lessons to many projects down the line.