How is Wind Energy Making a Difference in 2018?

Recent studies have shown that nearly 25 percent of global electricity is now coming from renewable sources, and that includes wind energy. Tens of thousands of new turbines are being built every year, which has many people wondering what the future has in store for this industry.

Current State of the Industry

Many people are surprised to hear that wind is the second most widely used renewable source of energy. Wind energy capacity is growing by an average of 25 percent every year, and some people expect that to grow as technology improves. As with many other sources of renewable energy, two of the biggest hurdles that wind energy experts are facing is storing and transporting the electricity. As batteries and power lines continue to improve, wind energy costs will fall.

Advancements in Wind Energy Technology

For many years, the only way to turn wind into electricity was to spin large blades. While traditional turbines are quite effective, they have some distinct drawbacks. In addition to being expensive, they also take up an incredible amount of room. Recently, improvements have been made in wind turbine technology. A few different companies from around the world have developed wind turbines that turn vibrations from the wind into electricity. These turbines are somewhat similar to wave energy converters that turn the rocking motion of waves into energy.

Pros of Wind Energy

One of the biggest benefits of wind energy is the fact that it is extremely efficient. A single commercial turbine can easily power hundreds of homes, and some of those turbines have been designed to last for decades. Wind turbines can also produce energy during the night as well as the day. As long as the wind is blowing in any direction, the turbine will remain functional. Finally, some experts believe that wind turbines could easily generate 20 times the amount of power that the entire human population needs.

Cons of Wind Energy

It is important for green energy enthusiasts to remember that wind energy has benefits and liabilities. Building a turbine and getting it running requires a huge amount of money, and some turbines won’t cover their initial building costs for nine or 10 years. That means they will only be profitable for 15 or 20 years. The blades on the turbines can be a threat to birds and other flying wildlife as well. Large wind farms could potentially impact huge flocks and migration patterns. The amount of concrete used in the construction equates to a lot of co2 emmited, however this is more than made up for very quickly once the turbines are operational. 

Wind energy might not be perfect, but the industry is advancing at an astounding rate. Within the next few decades, it could end up being one of the most efficient forms of renewable energy.

Limitless Energy are designers and installers of renewable energy systems in Wales and beyond. We are energy consultants for domestic and commercial projects and can produce reports detailing potential opportunities to help reduce energy consumption and receive financial support. Contact us today for a consultation on how a renewable energy system could benefit your home, your business, and the environment!

Shrink the Environmental Footprint of Your Business by Implementing These 4 Practices

As a business, the operations in the workplace are likely a top priority. Due to the impact that companies can have on the environment, an increasing number of establishments are giving more thought to their environmental footprint. If you want to reduce your effect on the planet as a business, there are a few necessary steps that you can begin taking.

Recycle Electronics

When it’s time to replace your printers or computers in the office, you’ll need to discard the old equipment that is no longer used. Instead of throwing out the items, you can recycle electronics to ensure that the items are repaired, or the parts can be used. You can also replace outdated equipment or appliances with energy-efficient counterparts. Consumer Reports explains how to safe recycle your electronics , “Plenty of nonprofit organizations and local communities offer options to help you recycle old electronics. 

Recycle Paper and Plastic

Begin skipping paper as much as possible by making everything electronic in the office. You can also begin recycling paper in the proper way by preventing contamination from being present in the recycling bin and also recycling any paper that has been shredded. It’s important to separate paper waste from other kinds of trash. Otherwise, according to Fluent Conveyors, “contaminants like dirt and trash liquids can soak into the paper, causing the value and quality of the paper to be reduced. This could result in the recycled paper mill or manufacturer rejecting the load.” Now that’s a real waste!

Promote recycling in the workplace by providing each employee with a recycling bin at their desk. This can limit the amount of waste that is generated. You can also host contests or offer incentives to team members who recycle the most plastic each week to promote the habit and create a green workplace.

Source Responsibly

If you are producing a product that requires using natural resources, it would be smart, not only for the sake of the environment, but also for marketing efforts, to acquire these natural resources in a safe and sustainable way. For example, if producing something akin to kratom powder or CBD oil, products which are often consumed for health purposes, you will want to reassure your customers of where they come, as well as the quality of the resource. To use the example for before, if you look to Kats Botanicals pages on kratom, you will see that it mentions the source of their kratom. You will want to similarly do this with your product.

Reduce Energy 

Limiting the amount of wasted energy that your business generates is one of the many ways that you can begin to reduce your global footprint. This can be done through clever building management systems, renewable energy systems and changing lights to LEDs etc.. Waste energy can also be minimised through reducing packaging, go paperless, and utilize composting programs that are available in your local community to limit how much is discarded each day.

If you’re selling physical products, consider switching to recycled, biodegradable packaging. Corrugated boxes made from recycled paper and cardboard are produced with minimal environmental impact, and will compost more easily than synthetic alternatives. There are several methods for getting your branding onto this type of packaging, so you don’t need to sacrifice branding power when switching to more sustainable packaging.

 

Not only are there many different ways to shrink your environmental footprint, but it’s possible to save more money with a few minor steps taken as a manager or business owner. Remaining conscious of your company’s impact on the earth can allow you to find new ways of being eco-friendly as you continue to succeed in the industry.

Limitless Energy are designers and installers of renewable energy systems in Wales and beyond. We are energy consultants for domestic and commercial projects and can produce reports detailing potential opportunities to help reduce energy consumption and receive financial support.

5 Ways Renewable Energy Will Positively Impact Our Economy

The sources of renewable energy are either supplied continuously by the sun or from inexhaustible sources like geothermal energy. Other sources like coal, natural gas, and oil have a slow rate of formation compared to the rate of consumption. The current use of renewable resources produces less pollution, stable and secure energy sources for the country, and they also pose as a potential source of economic development.

Some fear that transitioning away from fossil fuels to clean energy will hurt the economy. We are going to look at 5 ways in which renewable resources positively impacts our economy now and in the future.

Create more jobs

American people spending their dollars on American products are going to create more jobs here in the U.S. and will eliminate the possibility of foreign outsource. This means the renewable energy industry can provide significant growth to the job market. When you compare the use of technology to extract fossil energy and that for renewable energy, fossil energy technology is mainly mechanized compared to renewable energy tech. There is more job creation in renewable energy tech for every unit of electricity that is generated.

Some of the jobs created include project development, turbine construction and installation, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, maintenance and logistics, legal, consulting, and financial services. The Union of Concerned Scientists has identified that renewable energy produces three times more energy than fossil fuel energy.

Healthier workforce

There are several health benefits to renewable energy sources; fossil fuel energy has been linked with transmission of diseases through water and air pollution like heart attacks, respiratory problems, and neurological damage. On the other hand, renewable energy does not pollute the environment.

The use of renewable energy helps to reduce the cost of doing business, reduces premature mortality, sick days, and promotes a healthy workforce to keep employees productive.

A stable energy system

There are low risks of large-scale failures if you compare solar or wind energy to fossil fuel. Instead of one building as the single distributor of energy, we have several parts that are spread in one area. Even if modules like solar arrays or wind turbines are spoiled, the system can continue working.

Renewable energy offers stable prices

Since the fuel source of fossil fuel is the controller of energy prices, renewable energy offers stable prices. As the market for renewable energy keeps on growing, the costs are dropping, and businesses are taking advantage of the economies of scale. For example, in the hotel industry, electricity comprises 60 percent of total hotel utility expenditures. As the uptake of renewable energy increases, the cost of fossil fuel will be forced to drop as the demand drops. This will help even places that use fossil fuel.

Renewable energy benefits landowners, businesses, and the local government

Renewable energy benefits tax revenues from landowners and project owners who get compensated. Local businesses also benefit from maintaining the projects, and this increases profits as it reduces the money spent on importing natural gas and coal. This also keeps the money circulating in the local economy and people to have a disposable income to support their families.

Limitless Energy is passionate about quality, affordable, and sustainable heating and electrical options for companies and families alike. See how we can help you make your lifestyle more eco-friendly here!

A Space Saving Installation of an Air Source Heat Pump

Air Source Heat Pump Installation in Ammanford, Carmarthen

Ammanford is located within the Amman Valley with the Heart of Wales line running through it.

The Problem and its Solution:

A client came to us with a requirement to reduce their bills and step away from fossil fuelled systems. They currently had a LPG boiler costing them over £2200 a year to run for their heating and hot water demand. Because their building is a solid stone they were told heat pumps would not work, but they wanted to investigate it further anyway.

We assessed the property, and with its double glazing and over 200mm of loft insulation we could happily advise them that a heat pump would be suitable if all of the radiators were up-sized. Unfortunately external space was an issue with no land for a Ground Source heat pump and not much space to site an Air Source heat pump, we therefore came up with the solution of mounting it on the wall above the driveway.

The customers could not be happier with the outcome and after one of the hardest winters they are more than confident that they will be kept warm efficiently for many many years to come.

The Benefits:

  • A warm and reliable renewable heating and hot water system.
  • Over £1000 a year saving vs previous LPG boiler running costs.
  • Around £10,764 back from the Government Renewable Heat Incentive over the 7 year period.
  • Ongoing reduced CO2 emissions, helping them do their bit for the planet.

5 Emerging Technologies That Will Impact Energy Policy in the Next Decade


Most of the news in the media about energy concentrate on oil and gas prices. It is true that getting and talking about low-cost energy is newsworthy. However, the attention that is still paid to fossil fuels somehow overshadows the significant strides that are being made in alternative forms of energy, which derails opportunities to explore the emerging technologies further. Events like Waste Expo are helping bring attention to current issues and make eco-friendly technology more available. Below are a few technological advances worth looking into in energy.

Solar Glass

Solar energy and the technology of harnessing it have been around for a few decades now. One of the newest innovations in this area is solar glass, which is a transparent glass panel that collects and concentrates solar rays, converting them into energy. Solar glass is more efficient than the regular panel because it is not limited to infrared and UV light, it is able to absorb the transparent part of the light spectrum, which optimizes that energy converted and also features improved energy storage.

Thorium Nuclear Reactors

In most nuclear reactors, Uranium is used for fission; with the new technology, thorium replaces uranium. Thorium is recommended because the reactions are safer than those of uranium and plutonium reactors. The reactor allows immediate and impactful steps to a reaction, reducing chances of a meltdown. Thorium is also more easily accessible, and it creates less nuclear waste. If more research is conducted into this, maybe the fear which surrounds nuclear reactions will be greatly reduced. This is a sustainable energy alternative that might actually work.

Fuel Cell Electric vehicles

It is true that FCEV vehicles from companies like Honda have been around since 2008. However, a lot of gains have been made in hydrogen fuel cell technology since 2016. The hydrogen fuel cells are a stack of fuel cells that contain a cathode, anode and a proton exchange membrane. The proton combines with environmental oxygen to create water, which is environmentally friendlier than carbon dioxide.

Waste conversion into energy

This is a technology that has been developed to aggregate both recyclable and non-recyclable items in the environment and convert them into energy. The conversion creates gas, which can be used as fuel and plasma power known as plasma rock. There is a solid by-product of the process, but it is used as a building material.

These are some of the advances which have been made in the energy sector. As long as more focus is paid to sectors such as improved energy storage and alternative energy sources, it will be possible to be sustainable in energy production for the planet.

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Staying Green: How Families Can Show Mother Nature They Care

Living green is becoming a way of life for many communities. Most people already realise the importance of saving the planet and there are many ways to show mother nature that we care.

Reduce

Rampant consumption has been one of the key factors in the demise of our environment. According to an educational site, Sciencing.com, “our planet has a limited amount of natural resources and a limited capacity to process waste.” The burgeoning population consumes mass quantities of food, fuel, and materials on a daily basis. By cutting back on the quantity of products we use, we can make a huge impact on how many of the Earth’s resources are being depleted. For example, we can start using less paper. Think of cutting down completely on your paper mail, as according to camera bag manufacturer Wandrd,if everyone jumped on board it would reduce landfill waste by 800,00 tons in the U.S. alone.” Eating less, driving less, and using less are simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint. One of the biggest contributors to energy usage is due to poorly insulated homes, if we can minimise our heating demand through insulation the UK’s energy usage would be dramatically reduced.

Reuse

We no longer have the luxury of being a disposable society. At the peak of consumerism, it meant nothing to buy items, use them once, and throw them away. Today, we need to learn to reuse items and keep them out of landfills. With a little creativity, bottles, cans, bags, and boxes can often find a second, or even third life. If everyone refilled their water bottle just once before throwing it in the recycling bin, we would obviously only need half of the bottles being produced.

Recycle

“Hand-me-downs” is not a dirty word. Any time an item gets another life, that’s recycling. Most communities have facilitates you can take almost everything recyclable, even tetra packs, compost or old working TV’s, and so there is no excuse to have multiple black bags every week, or throw your old TV away. If you have a hard time getting your younger children start recycling, start with paper recycling as it can be easier to explain. Put out a bin in the kitchen or in the garage, and instruct them to place all paper they want to throw away there. Since many children understand that paper usually comes from trees, the explanation of why recycling is important can be simplified and better delivered when starting small.

Shop responsibly

For the things that we must buy, we can seek out products that are ethically grown, harvested, and manufactured. According to BrioStack, businesses are following customer demands in many industries and moving towards greener solutions. By making sure the things we purchase have been provided by companies who offer fair trade and environmentally sound practices, we can create clean commerce. For example, think of different ways of heating your home, or ways to cut down on using so much electricity. 

 

The best way to teach is by example and the best way to learn is by doing. It is not enough to simply talk about making a difference, we must act, as a collective consciousness, toward living the difference. With the whole family working together, we can shrink our carbon footprints and create a better environment for generations to come.