In recent years, changes have been made in the structure of primary energy use in the European Union In addition, a reduction in the use of primary energy has also been observed. According to the forecasts of the International Energy Agency, the European energy market will be subject to further changes in the perspective of 2040. These may include the reduction of the energy consumption and the change in the structure of the energy balance as a result pro-ecological activities. Natural gas will be the only fossil energy carrier whose role in covering the energy demand will not change. Along with the changes taking place in the European energy market, global changes can also be observed. The EU Member States will continue to strive to diversify natural gas supplies. One of the main elements of diversification of natural gas supplies is the use of LNG regasification terminals. The reasons for that include the increasing production of natural gas, particularly in the case of unconventional deposits, the ongoing development of liquefaction terminals, and, as a consequence, an increase in the LNG supply in the global market. The article presents the utilization of regasification terminals in the EU Member States and plans for the development of LNG terminals. Europe has the opportunity to import natural gas through LNG terminals. However, until now, these have been used to a limited extent. This may indicate that in addition to diversification tasks, terminals can act as a safeguard against interruptions in gas supplies.
Energy from different sources is fundamental to the economy of each country. Bearing in mind the limited reserves of non-renewable energy sources and the fact that their production from new deposits is becoming less economically viable, attention is paid to alternative energy sources, particularly those that are readily available or require no substantial financial investment. One possible solution may be to generate hydrogen, which will then be used for heat (energy) production using other methods. At the same time, these processes will be characterized by low emission levels compared to conventional energy sources. In recent years, more and more emphasis has been placed on the use of clean energy from renewable sources. New, more technically and economically efficient technologies are being developed. The energy use worldwide comes mostly from fossil fuel processing. It can be observed that the share of RES in global production is growing every year. At the end of the 1990s, the share of renewable energy sources was at 6–7%. Global trends indicate the increasing demand for renewable energy due to its form. Global hydrogen resources are practically inexhaustible, but the problem is its availability in molecular form. The article analyzed the use of hydrogen as a fuel. The basic problem is the inexpensive and easy extraction of hydrogen from its compounds; attention has been paid to water, which can easily be electrolytically decomposed to produce oxygen and hydrogen. Hydrogen generated by electrolysis can be stored, but due to its physicochemical properties, it is a costly process; therefore, a decision was made that it is better to store it with natural gas or use it for further reaction. In addition, hydrogen can be used as a substrate for binding and converting the increasingly problematic carbon dioxide, thus reducing its content in the atmosphere.
The large variability and unpredictability of energy production from photovoltaic power microinstallations results from the dependence on the current weather conditions. These conditions depend on a number of factors and are variable over the time. Despite this specificity, photovoltaic micro-installations are becoming more and more popular in the world and in Poland. This is mainly due to the fact that the generation of energy from renewable sources has numerous advantages, the energy is free, renewable in time and ecological, and its production on its own gives partial independence from energy supplies from the power grid. In addition, the observed significant prices decrease of solar modules has further accelerated the development of the use of this energy source. Concern for this method of energy production among households has increased significantly in Poland after introducing the prosumer in the legal framework and the use of administrative and financial support. The implemented prosumer mechanisms allowed, for example, the net balancing of the energy consumed and produced by the micro-installation through storage in the power grid. The article describes the problem of balancing sources using solar energy, based on micro-installation used in the household (the so-called prosumer installation). The conducted analyses compared the load profile of a typical household and the energy generation profile from a photovoltaic installation, determining the real balancing formation level of such a system.