Across industries, different trends and technologies are on the rise while others decline. In this Trend Evolution report, you can explore how the popularity of six energy trends changed since 2005. And, more importantly, you get to discover which technology trends to focus on to bring your innovation agenda forward.
Energy Trend Evolution Map 2005-2020
Below, you can see the Trend Evolution Map, highlighting the relative popularity of six energy industry trends from 2005 to 2020. The data behind this research comes from the StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 1.379.000+ startups & scaleups globally.
Get insights into which energy industry trends to invest in – whether that is renewables, the Internet of Energy (IoE), energy storage, smart grid, or distributed energy. Additionally, we introduce you to 5 trending energy startups developing innovative solutions for these trends.
5 Energy Trends to Look Forward to
In response to climate change and depleting fossil fuel reserves, energy startups are investing more than ever in renewables. Both urban and rural communities benefit from solar projects, including new models of ownership such as community solar. Other renewable energy sources include wind energy from turbines and airborne systems, hydropower, and geothermal energy. Startups are installing distributed energy resources (DERs) to generate off-grid energy onsite at industrial locations and in remote regions. To obtain the maximum out of renewable energy and DERs, energy storage solutions are a requisite. Developments in battery tech allow individuals and communities to store the energy they generate for later use.
As individual customers now generate their own energy, this is transforming the traditional grid. Smart grids use artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) to optimize production, distribution, and use of energy. By allowing energy customers to transact with utilities, smart grids make power grids robust, help customers offset their energy bills, and promote the use of renewable energy. The IoT also helps energy and utility companies to predict demand, offer smart metering, and integrate renewables. To sum up, the five energy trends covered in this report are growing in sync with each other.
5 Trending Energy Startups
Renewables – Start.Solar
Start.Solar is a Dutch startup that allows people to easily invest in solar energy projects. By democratizing access to community solar projects, the startup promotes the transition to clean energy.
Internet of Energy – SiteWatch IoT
The US-based startup SiteWatch IoT provides solutions for real-time, continuous energy monitoring. The startup’s patented technology replaces energy meters with inexpensive wireless sensors.
Energy Storage – Anzene
Anzene is a Singaporean startup that offers a portable energy storage solution. The startup’s 300 Wh battery promotes renewable energy by powering both e-mobility and off-grid sustainability.
Smart Grid – Zaphiro
Swiss startup Zaphiro develops a smart grid solution that enables utility companies to integrate renewables, electric vehicles, and batteries. SynchroGuard, the startup’s grid monitoring and automation platform, extracts hidden information to provide a real-time view of the grid state.
Distributed Energy – SunCrafter
SunCrafter is a German startup working on off-grid power solutions using disused industrial photovoltaics (PV). The startup’s EasyPanel is a plug-and-play 200 W solar generator that provides immediate off-grid energy for urban e-mobility and rural electrification.
Discover the entire Energy Trend Landscape
As renewables grow, oil & gas (O&G) startups are supporting corporates to reduce carbon emissions in their processes. Technologies enabling carbon, capture, storage & utilization (CCUS), and compressed natural gas (CNG) are two ways O&G startups are achieving this. Energy startups are also embracing digital technologies such as analytics and informatics to leverage the large amount of data that the industry generates. Additionally, energy startups are working on solutions including O&G drilling, combined heat & power (CHP), and cybersecurity, among others.
These technologies present just a snapshot of the energy industry – with many more industry trends to be explored. When you are looking for an overview of all emerging trends and technologies for your innovation units, R&D, or product development department, we give you the most exhaustive analysis and ensure to keep you up-to-date on the latest technology and emerging solutions – quickly and exhaustively.