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How Batteries and Energy Storage Are Improving Renewable Energy

Batteries have long fueled the energy need to run our electronics, cars, phones and other portable devices. Developing longer-lasting, more efficient and reliable batteries has been an important aspect of the age of renewable energy. Recently, we have seen trends where the technology began to surpass the less environmentally friendly alternatives of the past and batteries and other energy storage tools have really began to shine. As we know, most renewable sources of energy rely on sources that can come and go and so it is crucial that we are able to harvest this energy when it is available and then store it for later use efficiently and reliably.

Renewable energy storage is growing drastically in recent years. Global storage capacity for solar energy grew 190% and 40% for wind energy between 2006 and 2012 as reported by the International Renewable Energy Agency. The agency also predicts that by 2030, storage capacity will be 9 times what it was in 2013. This is dramatic growth in the industry and shows a large commitment to renewable energy sources. It’s not just commercial growth either as consumers seek to be a part of the movement. Electric car sales are predicted to grow by about 15% annually through 2024 with some manufacturers moving towards an all-electric product line including Tesla and Volvo most notably and others including Ford, General Motors, and many others drastically increasing their electric product lines in the coming years.

While much of the green movement revolves around harvesting renewable energy, many countries, businesses and other entities are heavily investing in the means to store this energy. Places like California are heading towards this quickly! California is already home to nearly 40% of the United States energy storage but they plan to drastically add to this by just 2020. The state has committed to having half of all its energy coming from renewable sources in the same time frame. This is crucial for the future of the movement as California will serve as the beta test for the viability of renewable energy. Other states will be following their example in the very near future as they roll out this technology.

With all new endeavors, there are challenges. This is no different for renewable energy storage. There is a hesitation to move completely into using batteries in the main power grid often citing safety issues, cost and reliability concerns. Batteries can often be quite expensive and have limited lifespans, even rechargeable ones eventually fail due to efficiency issues limiting the amount of recharges available. The most common battery types used for renewable energy are lead-acid batteries which typically have a short cycle and last only about three or four years. Other options with longer cycles are available but they usually carry higher price tags or less stability.

New options are being developed all over the world. The University of Illinois, Chicago has been experimenting with using new materials like Magnesium ions which can move twice as many electrons and expand the cycle of the battery. Japan has been working on a duel-carbon battery that has a charge rate 20 times faster than Lithium-ion batteries. There has been a very recent introduction to the future as well in the realm of solid-state batteries. This means rather than relying on liquid minerals and materials to store the energy, the battery uses a conductive, solid material. Toyota has been scrambling to work out the kinks in this technology to have it ready for commercialization as early as the 2020s. The largest kink being mass production of the technology which will drastically improve driving range in electric vehicles.

Developments in battery technology and renewable energy sources are being made every day and its important to stay up to date with the newest developments to further our commitment to the planet. Stay up to date by subscribing to Dvinci below. [gravityform id=”3″ title=”true” description=”true”]

Think You Know Dvinci Energy?

Who is Dvinci Energy?

They say you don’t fully know someone until you’ve seen them handle a difficult situation. In these cases, there’s usually two kinds of people: those who choose to be paralyzed by a problem, and those who choose to turn the problem upside down and find the opportunities within.

At Dvinci, we’ve chosen to be the latter from the outset. We are the opportunities we see in the conflicts that arise around us.

Here’s how we do it.

Learning to Teach:

We begin with education. Investing in renewable energy is an opportunity to educate people on how their actions affect the world they live in. We recognize that to teach more, we must be willing to learn more. So, we’ve developed educational programs to ensure millennial professionals working with us not only learn the importance of sustainable energy, but also the importance of living a sustainable life.

But what is a sustainable life? Sustainability means balance; it means endurance and maintenance. To be sustainable one must learn to adapt to different circumstances. That flexibility, when facing a challenge, is imperative to find a solution. We teach the brightest minds to think about their daily actions like they would think about solving the energy crisis or climate change. You can’t sit still and wait for the world to remove the obstacles from your path.

 

Thinking global, acting local:

We at Dvinci Energy chose to see climate change as an opportunity for people to re-imagine how we structure many aspects of a globalized society. You can’t look at climate change based solely on its effect on the environment. Think of the Earth as someone whose cells have been smoking cigarettes for more than 100 years. Her body is now polluted and the sickness has influenced every organ in her body. At an economic, social and even political level, renewable energy has become a necessary, disruptive power.

At Dvinci we want to create a service type world, rather than a manufacturing world. We focus on creating partnerships with local manufacturers, installers, and developers- to be the link that connects them- so that the impact begins with them. Instead of trickle-down, we believe in trickle-up: meaning that to build more thriving and sustainable economies- at national and international levels- we must hand back the power to local businesses.

By making room for dialogue between us and local businesses and communities, we get to learn from them as much as they do from us. After all, their needs drive our goals.

 

Promoting Connectivity:

When you give back to local businesses you are helping foment a positive relationship with their communities. In this way, Dvinci works to deepen communication and connectivity between individuals in those communities.

You might wonder why connectivity is such an important factor. After all, aren’t we more connected to each other than we have ever been thanks to technology? The answer is yes, and no. Think of a tree. As it grows the branches may spread out in all directions, but its roots must remain grounded, connected to the soil, for it to live.

At Dvinci Energy we go back to the roots of human interaction. We do everything with a customer-centric approach. Technology allows us to communicate faster and more efficiently, but that doesn’t mean it has made communication better. Fostering good communication by being accessible to our customers not only lets us give more than we get, which is our goal, but we also get to remind people of what being connected truly means.

 

Where there’s a gap, we want to fill it. Where there’s a perspective that needs changing, we’ll switch sides, walk back and forth, examine every angle. Our motivation is the opportunity. The opportunity to educate. To change how we connect with each other. To heal so that we can continue to grow.

Think you know us now?

How Dvinci Energy Began

The Beginning

Nothing evolves by staying the same. It’s a simple, and almost obvious, observation. Everything around us works within cycles of change. Trees change with the seasons, markets fluctuate every day, people change over time and, thus, so do our realities.

Dvinci Energy was born out of the realization that for a company, a community, a planet to thrive, it must learn to adapt. After working with top leaders in the solar industry, Dvinci Energy’s CEO and Founder Walid Halty realized that if the world was going to change its ways, the companies that led the revolution had to change as well. We must be the round peg in the square hole, with the vivacity to step out of the mold.

Ask yourself this question:

Why fracture your energy by trying to do everything yourself when you can focus all of it on connecting the dots- on empowering those who have the knowledge and expertise- to help you achieve the same goal?

In such an interconnected world, isolation doesn’t make much sense, right? That’s why our mission is to decentralize power by connecting, building, and empowering communities with 100% renewable energy. By developing strategic partnerships with reputable, local installation companies and developers, not only do we guarantee top quality, customer-centric service, but we are making sure communities grow from within.

In other words, you can’t grasp the meaning of a masterpiece by ignoring the strokes of the paintbrush.

When we talk about renewable energy were not just speaking about a sustainable way to power the planet. We’re looking at the way we invest our energy in everything we do. Our goal is bold. And by that, we mean that our mission is bigger than us. Our purpose is bigger than success and it certainly is bigger than business or money. It’s about reminding everyone in the world of the possibility, the necessity, for progress.

And yes, we know that’s 7 billion people to reach. That’s why we understand that it begins with us, the people; with how we see the world as individuals, and how we work collectively to achieve the same goal.

We decided it was time to dismantle the way solar energy companies work so that we could free the world from outdated processes that should have disappeared a long time ago. We believe in common sense and human being’s capacity for it.

We believe in having the empathy to understand where we come from, and the boldness to change where we’re going. We believe that renewal is the natural answer; that every turning-point in history was born at the hands of those who saw the need for change and became it.

We invite you to become the change; to help us Empower & Be Empowered.