Distributed generation

Distributed generation, also distributed energy, on-site generation (OSG) or district/decentralized energy is generated or stored by a variety of small, grid-connected devices referred to as distributed energy resources (DER) or distributed energy resource systems.

See also: Decentralised energy

See also: Renewable energy

 

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BNEF predicts that 10 nations will represent three-quarters of the market by 2040

Report: Energy storage to smash 1,000GW milestone by 2040

Energy storage installations are poised for a 122-fold increase between now and 2040, as the uptake of renewable energy and electric vehicles (EVs) and falling costs of technology provide an ideal platform to drive demand for storage solutions.

A group of energy managers were shown 'the elephant in the room' at the Design Sprint in Birmingham

Energy management design sprint (Part Two): Using green ju-jitsu for behaviour change

How can you increase your sphere of influence and drive engagement on energy management and reduction; from the boardroom to the 'shop floor' and outwards to consumers? The question has been asked for decades, but in the second of our two-part special feature, we reveal some new answers...