Renewable energy sources tend to be intermittent and fluctuate according to the weather conditions, such as the amount of sunshine or how strong the wind is on any given day. Passing clouds and wind gusts can cause spikes in energy production. Despite this, renewable energy production is on a huge upward curve.
As greenhouse gas emissions rise, more industries, communities, and private individuals are starting to turn to renewable energy sources to supplement their energy needs, but switching to renewable energy brings its own set of challenges.
The instability of renewable energy production can lead to power frequency disturbances such as voltage sag and swells, unexpected power supply failures, electronic communication interferences, and the need for oversized installations to cope with electrical stress. Poor power quality can impact country-wide grids as well as private homes and commercial facilities, leading to an increased need for maintenance. In some cases, fluctuations in power can even damage or destroy equipment, machinery, and production lines.
Ultracapacitors Protect the Grid
Fortunately, many of these challenges are being addressed by the advanced Skeleton's ultracapacitors, which provide the solution for many issues, such as leveling the electrical power load and providing fill-in power when renewables are temporarily underperforming (e.g., sun behind the clouds, wind speed drops), and storing energy during the optimal renewable conditions (e.g., bright sunshine, wind gusts) for later use.
New technologies are aimed at designing smart grids and “demand response", which includes systems that monitor and adapt to meet the demand level and total energy consumption. These systems incorporate ultracapacitors to reduce the strain on the power grid and charge uninterrupted power systems (UPS) for periods when customer demands temporarily surge.
Take a look at the infographic below to see how ultracapacitors, or supercapacitors as they are sometimes known, can help save energy by protecting the grid and optimizing the use of renewable energy.