Solutions for a Renewable-Powered Future

Innovation is a key driver for the energy transformation. Innovative solutions can make the power system more flexible, allowing for a higher, cost-effective use of renewables.

“Innovation landscape for a renewable-powered future” report provides the first-of-its-kind mapping and categorising of innovative solutions to integrate renewable power. It brings together key insights on emerging innovations that facilitate a higher share of variable renewables – mainly solar PV and wind - in the power sector.

Electrification, decentralisation and digitalisation are leading innovation trends that unlock system flexibility for more variable renewables. 30 different innovations in enabling technologies, market design, business models and system operation transform the power sector at its core.

11 innovative solutions show how synergies between innovations can enable the cost-effective acceleration of variable renewables, while making energy production, transmission and consumption more flexible and empowering a new generation of energy consumers.

11 solutions

30 innovations

BUSINESS MODELS

12 Aggregators
13 Peer-to-peer electricity trading
14 Energy-as-a-service
15 Community-ownership models
16 Pay-as-you-go models 

ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES

1 Utility-scale batteries
2 Behind-the-meter batteries
3 Electric-vehicle smart charging
4 Renewable power-to-heat
5 Renewable power-to-hydrogen
6 Internet of things
7 Artificial intelligence and big data
8 Blockchain
9 Renewable mini-grids
10 Supergrids
11 Flexibility in conventional power plants

SYSTEM OPERATION

25 Future role of distribution system operators
26 Co-operation between transmission and distribution system operators
27 Advanced forecasting of variable renewable power generation
28 Innovative operation of pumped hydropower storage
29 Virtual power lines
30 Dynamic line rating

MARKET DESIGN

17 Increasing time
granularity in electricity markets
18 Increasing space granularity in electricity markets
19 Innovative ancillary services
20 Re-designing capacity markets
21 Regional markets
22 Time-of-use tariffs
23 Market integration of distributed energy resources
24 Net billing schemes