Energy storage system (ESS) market continues to grow
According to the Department of Energy's (DOE) U.S. Office of Electricity, power plants generally produce a fixed amount of electricity but the demand for it can change, such as between night and day, or summer and winter. Therefore, utilities seek ways to store electricity for times when demand is high, so-called peak times.
This power storage becomes even more important for alternative energy supplies, like wind or solar, which can also fluctuate, for example due to lack of wind or sun, and therefore may need additional energy to meet the demand of users.
Hemp vs. marijuana: Cross-pollination concerns grow
With some federal restrictions lifted, hemp farming has been expanding; according to the advocacy group Vote Hemp, licensed acreage has quadrupled to 511,442 across 34 states in 2019.
That said, industrial hemp farmers and marijuana farmers may be botanically at odds if their fields are located too close to each other: They may face cross-pollination.
Permafrost, peatlands, and the Arctic domino effect
While the manifestations of climate change can be seen and felt on the ground level (record-breaking heat, increased flooding events, and more), the dynamics that underlie the shifts are more subtle.
The changes currently ongoing in the Arctic, which is reportedly warming at rates twice as fast as the rest of the world, may be guiding weather patterns that cause tangible issues for more densely populated regions.
Edge computing is coming: What is it?
Technology has gone a long way in defining the developments of the past decade. Ten years from now, our retrospective on the 2020s may very well be the same.
The ISO Emerging Issues team covers technological breakthroughs to glean a sense of how the risks of the future may develop. Among other technologies, we have covered and continue to monitor quantum computing, artificial intelligence, and 5G.
What could the future of food production and distribution look like?
For some Americans, technological advancements have embedded an expectation of convenience into virtually all aspects of life.
But COVID-19 may produce an innovation earthquake that compels society and its brightest minds to shift its focus into the aspects of our lives that have been staples for generations, namely health and food.