Green Energy in the UK 2022

ByNicola Welch July 29, 2022

The UK has long been a leader in renewable energy, and the Government is firmly committed to ensuring that this continues well into the future. In April 2021, the UK government created a new law, setting a target to reduce carbon emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels. This is part of a larger aim for the UK to be carbon neutral by 2050. This is great news for the environment and for the economy, as investment in renewable energy creates jobs and drives growth. Green energy is becoming more and more popular in the UK. This is due to a number of factors, including the high cost of traditional forms of energy and the environmental benefits of green energy. The UK government has been working hard to promote green energy, and there are a number of financial incentives available for those who switch to green energy. The United Kingdom is a global leader in renewable energy. In 2015, renewables accounted for almost a third of the UK’s electricity generation, up from just 10 percent in 2005. Renewables are becoming an increasingly important part of the UK’s energy mix as the country seeks to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and meet its emissions reduction targets. Most of the UK’s renewable energy comes from solar, biomass, and wind power. Solar energy accounts for the majority of renewables capacity installed in the UK, followed by biomass and wind power. Solar photovoltaics (PV) have seen the biggest growth in recent years, with installed capacity more than doubling between 2014 and 2016. Biomass is also a growing source of renewable energy in the UK, with over 1 gigawatt (GW) of installed capacity as of 2016. The UK is fortunate to have a wealth of green energy sources which helps to make […]

Top 5 Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Plastic

ByNicola Welch October 17, 2021

There are plenty of eco-friendly substitute materials that we can implement in our daily lives to reduce the cause of plastic pollution. As more countries, global brands and companies are heading towards a sustainable and environmentally friendly approach, the demand for non-plastic alternatives is high. Whether it’s businesses implementing fully compostable packaging or supermarkets cutting their usage of plastic bags, it’s safe to say that we are on the right track to cut down our reliance on plastic goods. To help you get started, here are some long-lasting plastic alternatives available right now. Recycled paper and cardboard Cardboard and paper are sustainable and recycle friendly replacements for plastic packaging. Especially when you’re shopping at your local supermarket, you can ask the staff if they have any spare cardboard boxes lying around the stockroom. Paper and cardboard are much easier to recycle, and the chances are that they are made from recycled materials in the first place. Overall, both materials break down quicker and produce less harmful pollutants than plastic. Glass Although glass is not biodegradable, glass is cheap and infinitely recyclable. Since many pre-packed foods like jam, sauce and fruit are generally stored in glass jars, they can be cleaned and reused to store homemade sauce, drinks and other use for arts and crafts. Mushroom based materials The biodegradable material called mycelium, made from a mushroom root, is a trending replacement for plastic packaging. The material is made with mushroom fibres and agricultural waste products like cotton hulls, rice hulls and wheat chaff. The final product can be used for compost or mulch, and some companies are using the material as an eco-friendly substitute for styrofoam. Bamboo Bamboo has naturally antibacterial properties, fast growth spurts, and it’s sustainable. Aside from its rapid growth, there is no need for farmers to […]

Is Green Technology Really Profitable?

ByNicola Welch June 22, 2017

Over the past 10-15 years we’ve heard a lot about global warming, fossil fuels and the need to move towards greener technology. Many investors saw this as a golden opportunity, since we would clearly all need to adapt in the near future, and many new technologies were on the horizon a few years ago. Solar energy, electric vehicles and more innovations were in the process of being developed about a decade ago, and all looked like they were destined to make huge profits within a few short years. However, not everything has gone according to plan within the green technology sector. Adopting new technology has been slower than many insiders estimated, and the development plans of most green energy and transport solutions have run into issues along the way. It has been tricky to build confidence in new technologies, and many companies ended up trying to minimise their risk and failed to embrace greener, more modern innovations quickly. Another factor is that the threat of impending climate change and other side effects from pollution has not been as effective as expected. Individuals and businesses have not been as motivated to change as originally anticipated, despite knowing all the facts about what will happen to the planet (and our short term costs too) if we don’t try to be more sustainable. As a result, the last few years have seen a relative drop in the levels of investment within the sector while people remain stubborn.

Can Drum Heating Be Energy Efficient?

ByNicola Welch March 20, 2017

Drum heating is a process that can be required when thick, viscous liquids need to be transferred or pumped from one container to another. It can also be used simply to stop those liquids from becoming completely solid or freezing. Examples of these liquids include fat, grease, syrups, chocolate, tar, lubricants and other related substances. What these different liquids have in common is that they are typically difficult to move at room temperature or below due to their partially solid state. A drum heating oven is usually used to aid the process of moving or pumping such liquids because raising their temperature makes them more fluid. It might be necessary to heat the substance to room temperature or higher, depending on its individual melting point and the task required. Usually drum heaters work using either steam or electric heating elements to change the temperature of their contents. A few benefits of drum heaters include the following: They are generally built to accommodate multiple drums of the same specific size, so economies of scale are available. By returning viscous liquids to a more practical liquid form, they can prevent waste materials being generated. Liquids which are heated and able to move more freely can speed up production processes. Precise controls are used on the ovens to ensure they only heat to the optimum temperature and the results are predictable. For some it is questionable as to whether drum heaters can be an energy-efficient solution, due to the fact that they must be continuously used in order to maintain the temperature of a substance. However, there are a few specific arguments against that. Certain types of high quality drum heating ovens in particular use modern technology to maximise heating performance with relatively low fuel consumption. It is often necessary to use drum […]

6 Reasons You Should Consider Solar Panels

ByNicola Welch January 3, 2017

Most of us are aware of the pressure we’re under to find renewable energy sources and swap out unsustainable fossil fuels for more long-term substitutes. However, a lot of homeowners (and business alike) find themselves paralysed by uncertainty and hesitant to truly invest in renewable energy. This is despite the range of benefits available that many people might not be that familiar with. In particular, solar panels seem to be a particularly misunderstood concept. We spoke to installers of renewable energy services about the six best reasons to use solar panels and generate renewable energy to power your home. Here are those six in detail… 1. Reducing your energy bills is an obvious benefit for anyone, as cutting costs is always helpful. By generating at least some of your own electricity to use in the home, your consumption from the National Grid will drop, perhaps allowing you to sign up for a cheaper package. 2. Reducing your carbon emissions is another well known benefit to solar panels, and ideally this should motivate everyone to get them installed! Even so, it can be hard to find the motivation and capital to make the initial investment, but that’s before considering the additional benefits that other people forget. 3. You may benefit from the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) in the UK if you are able to produce enough electricity through solar panel to feed it back into the National Grid. This may qualify you to receive subsidisation from the government.

Electricity Collectors

ByNicola Welch June 1, 2016

There are two kinds of electrical photovoltaic solar systems: off-grid and on-grid.  The off-grid system works totally independent of the regular power company feed.  It requires batteries.  The grid system incorporates your solar electrical supply directly into the power system that receives electricity from the power company grid.  Batteries are not required in the grid system.  They are used by some for a backup system in the event of emergencies.  Your own supply from your solar panels makes it possible for you to reduce your need of electricity from the power company.  You can even produce a surplus that is turned back onto the grid for which the power company credits your account.  The power company will even pay you       when your system produces a surplus. The electrical photovoltaic collection solar panel is the first of the four components necessary to collect sunlight and transform it into usable electricity in an off-grid system.  An electrical solar panel consists of individual like silicon cells that generate electricity from sunlight.  Light particles of sunlight, or photons, hitting the silicon cells produce electrical current.  The average solar panel, two feet by four and one-half feet, with at least 36 cells can at peak generate approximately 24 volts of electricity. You calculate how much electricity will be needed from any system and match that calculation to the number of solar panels needed to produce that much electricity.  This is then matched to the number of batteries needed to store your electricity.    Usually, eight to ten solar panels with 17-19 twelve volte batteries will supply on an average 15 to 18 hundred square foot house on a continuous basis with all the most common electricity needs.  This is just an estimate, mind you, and each house will have its own unique considerations requiring more or less […]

Off-Grid Electrical System

ByNicola Welch June 1, 2016

Solar controllers are rated in amps and volts.  Thus, the solar controller must have the capability to accommodate the current or amperage and volts emitted from the solar panel.  Batteries can be overcharged and ruined.  Excessive discharge can also damage the battery.  The controller is set between the electrical solar panel and the storage batteries for protection from overcharging or undercharging of the batteries.  The purpose of the controller is to match the current (amperage) and voltage (force of the current) of the solar panel with the charging capacity of the batteries.  The battery fully charged the controller cuts off the current from the solar panels.  The best controllers also have a low voltage cut off which prevents the battery from being drained of electricity below the point of no recovery. Batteries Electrical solar storage batteries are different than automobile batteries.  They are built to endure the type of charging and discharging associated with solar electricity collecting.  There are basically three kinds of batteries for solar electricity storage: flood lead-acid; sealed absorbent glass mat; and gel-cell.  The flood lead-acid batteries do not cost as much, but require special maintenance, such as having to add distilled water to replenish water losses during charges.  Sealed absorbent glass mat batteries are the most used.  They do not require special maintenance, are kept at full charge, and are especially designed to function in a bank in tandem with other batteries. Gel-celled batteries do not freeze. They are better to use where excessive cold predominates. The number of batteries needed depends on the electrical load expected to be sustained and for how long.  For an off-grid system, the typical aim is to store an ample supply of electricity for continuous day and night time use, as well as enough storage for one to three cloudy […]

Free Winter Heat and Summer Air Conditioning

ByNicola Welch June 1, 2016

Sound ludicrous? I thought so when I first heard it.  But a little research proves it true.  Free heating, air conditioning and electricity available just for the taking!  The sweet thing?  Its just outside your door! I’m talking about sunlight, of course. Like picking juicy grapes from a vine or ripe apples from a tree, all you have to do is gather it, and put it to use in your house, garage, shop, outdoor buildings, pool, or in your garden, along your walkways…whatever.  You can heat your house in the winter and air condition it in the summer.  You can also power you lights, appliances, electronics, power tools- anything that works off electricity, all for the cheap price of free.  Heck, some people even power their cars with it, and some have even flown airplanes. Now, you can be your own utility company and toss those power company bills in the garbage! Used to be such talk was ludicrous. Today it is a reality.  If you want to undo the shackles of oil, gas and electrical power companies off your pocketbook, good ‘ole clean, ever bountiful, never ending, renewed every morning sunshine is the way to go. Sunlight will heat as well as supply all your electrical needs! So, the question is, “How can I transform this common commodity we all know as “light” into a furnace for heating my home in the winter and air conditioning to cool it in the summer?  How can I turn that same “light” into electricity to supply the power needs of my house?  And any other thing that runs on electricity?  Some very innovative folks have figured it out.   Now there are hundreds, even thousands of good relatively cheap “plug and play” products that do the job for you.  And, if you’d rather, there are […]