Renewable energy challenges for engineer startups
Energy transition start-ups shake up the business world
The engineering industry offers big challenges and opportunities in the energy sector to the students of Engineering Colleges. Energy controls everything and is significant for the cities, mobility, and the industry. Today, the biggest challenge is the transition to renewable energy that will substitute the dependency on fossil fuels. However, it will generate such an environmental impact that is essential to understand for every person.
ACCIONA is a world-leading company both in sustainable infrastructure and renewable energy generation. This company has 5 business divisions and has more than 3,000 professionals that develop large infrastructure, water, industrial, and service projects.
Bunch of challenges for Startups
Management and network stability services through the control of consumption and renewable generation
The energy transition is moving towards more spread out and decentralized systems, with greater penetration and integration of renewable resources and storage. In addition, Self-consumption, micro-grids and the empowerment of the consumer lead to bidirectional systems. In this, the management of demand has to play a relevant role in the support of the management and control of the energy network.
Top companies like ACCIONA are looking for startups with advanced and smart solutions. However, it could enable more efficient network stability by integrating power demand control.
Energy sustainability in temporary, isolated construction works
The energy in temporary construction works for building infrastructures in isolated places. It is supplied by diesel power generators. Also, consumption has a different demand profile that depends on the progress of the works. Some of the top renewable energy companies are looking for startups with efficient and flexible solutions for the portable supply of renewable power in construction sites to reduce or eliminate dependency on diesel.
Efficiency in operation and maintenance of a CSP and Solar power plant using real-time weather and market data
Cerro Dominador is the first CSP (Concentration Solar Power) plant that combines photovoltaic energy with thermo solar energy. This plant has 10,600 heliostats that concentrate solar energy at a point at the top of a 250 m tall tower. However, the solar radiation is used to heat up molten salts which generate steam, which feeds the turbine. A system for thermal storage of molten salt enables the constant production of power all the time.
The efficiency of this kind of plants may vary depending on the charging plans, weather conditions and energy sales. For this reason, companies are looking for startups with digital solutions that optimize the operation and maintenance of a mixed thermo solar power plant.
Smart and sustainable charging points for electric vehicles
The population increase in big urban areas is creating transportation challenges in cities all over the world. In addition, the high pollution levels in urban areas make it necessary for a push on smart, sustainable electric transportation. Some companies in the renewable energy sector are looking for startups with solutions that help with the development of the charging points of the future. However, they need to be more sustainable, integrate renewable energy generation and storage, and charge different kinds of electric vehicles.