Types of renewable energy

March 22, 2022

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 Renewable Energy

Renewable energy, often referred to as ‘sustainable’ or 'clean’ energy, is basically any source of energy which is from a naturally replenished source such as sunlight, water and geothermal heat.

Although we have used these natural elements hundreds of years, it is only in recent years where we have started to innovate and implement these into our main sources of energy. These are being upgraded and improved constantly and will hopefully be our primary source of power in the next few decades.

Why should you go Renewable?

There are a few benefits to renewable energy other than reducing your carbon footprint and reducing your energy bill. Firstly, renewable energy is less likely to be affected by rises in energy prices, you also have a sustainable energy source, as fossil fuels are a finite resource. Secondly, you will be exempt from the Climate Change Levy (CCL), this is a government-imposed tax which encourages businesses to become more energy efficient and reduce carbon emissions. Thirdly, you could create another source of income by selling power back to the grid, this can be done if you are creating more power using solar panels than your business need. Finally, you will have access to energy subsidies, which are exclusive for businesses which use less energy.

As well as the many reasons mentioned above, you could use this change to renewable energy as a marketing asset, a way to make sales and grow your brand awareness. For example, customers want to work with or purchase products/services from companies that are forward thinking and who want to help combat climate change. Using renewable energy makes you one of these companies and you can use this as a marketing ploy.

Wind

Wind energy is mainly created with the use of wind turbines to generate electricity, these turbines are usually all connected to the transmission network. Wind power is a very popular source of renewable energy which is becoming more readily available all over the world.

-         Benefits

o  Renewable Energy

o  Creates jobs and therefore positive impact on economy etc.

o  Cost-effective when built

-         Negatives

o  It takes up space and can be an eye sore to many people

o  Usually located far from cities.

o  Harm to birds

o  Costs more than fossil fuels

Hydro

Hydro is a form of renewable energy created by the flow of water moving a turbine, this is connected to a generator and then to the national grid. Hydro power is an ‘infinite’ power as we can never run out of water and we can always make it flow, therefore, creating energy.

-         Benefits

o  Reliable

o  Low emissions

o  Low operational costs

o  Employment

o  Renewable

-         Negatives

o  Cost

o  Suitability

o  Locational Issues

Solar

Solar Power takes the energy from the sun and transfers it into usable power. The use of ‘cells’ which can be placed on roofs, walls or the ground. Solar energy is a great renewable energy source as the sun will always be there, unless its cloudy, night-time, or it explodes and ends all life on Earth. Although you may not be always creating energy, solar does not take up too much space and can easily run in the background without much maintenance.

-         Benefits

o  Renewable

o  Becoming cost effective

o  Cheaper power source over time

o  Energy independence

-         Negatives

o  High initial costs

o  Uses lots of space

o  Placement of cells

Biomass

Biomass is simply derived from burning animal and plant waste. There are many industries which produce waste which can be converted into biomass, such as, agriculture, hospitality and forestry etc.

-         Benefits

o  Less than follis fuels

o  Widley available

o  Carbon Neutral

-         Negatives

o  Not as efficient as fossil fuels

o  Not entirely clean

o  Can lead to deforestation

o  Plants require a lot of space

 

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