When it comes to making investments in the energy market, there are investments that are tied to existing forms of energy and existing methods of extracting that energy. More recently, there is a growing market in renewable energy investments. While the idea of renewable energy has been around for a while and its implementation has also been around for some time, there are certain things that have hindered its more complete integration into viable options for producing energy to the consuming public. Fortunately, those things are changing and renewable energy’s current weaknesses are often times what investors keep an eye on for possible short-term and long-term investment opportunities.
One of the things that have plagued renewable energy is the storage of the energy that has been collected through wind or solar power systems. Quite simply, most technologically minded people know that battery power is not advanced enough to meet the demands of renewable energy. Today’s batteries do a poor job of storing collected power. However, many investors are being drawn to companies that tout new types of storage batteries and ongoing research to improve battery technology.
These sorts of investments are known as ahead of the curve investments. These are also considered ground-floor investments and it is where an investor gets in early on a company or multiple companies that are showing the way, technologically speaking, to new advancements. There are efforts to make batteries bigger, more efficient and more affordable. This is the type of technology that could take something like solar energy to a new level in terms of affordability and usage. These are the types of companies investors want to put money into, as they have the greatest potential for healthy ROI’s.
While there are other things that have contributed to the slowing down of renewable energy, such as the inefficient inversion process and the expense of manufacturing solar cells, battery technology is looked at as a huge impediment. However, the current view from here suggests that investing in companies that are working diligently to overcome this obstacle can make for tremendously profitable investments both for today and for the future.