Vast, untapped energy resources are all around us within every household, commercial building, corporate campus, and manufacturing facility
In the past, energy efficiency was known as a hidden resource and only recognized by a handful of energy professionals. However, this resource is transforming into a tangible asset through innovative advancements in artificial intelligence, real-time data analytics, and the utilization of peak pricing models and web-based monitoring solutions. Allow BIA Energy to show you how to harness these tools to reduce cost (and carbon footprint) without sacrificing comfort and security.
TYPES OF RENEWABLE ENERGY
Hydropower is produced when the kinetic energy of flowing water is converted into electricity by a turbine connected to an electricity generator. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), "In 2020, hydroelectricity accounted for about 7.3% of total utility-scale electricity generation and 37% of total utility-scale renewable electricity generation." Within the United Kingdom, hydroelectricity generates approximately 1.3% of electricity throughout the country. It is currently covered under the government feed-in tariff (FITs). Learn more about Feed-In Tariffs from OFGEM >
Solar energy is one of the most accessible, affordable, and prevalent renewable resources within the United States. "U.S. solar power capacity has grown to an estimated 97.2 gigawatts (GW) ... this is enough to power the equivalent of 18 million average American homes. Today, over 3% of U.S. electricity comes from solar energy in the form of solar photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP)."
However, significant work remains for solar energy to reach its full potential as a clean energy source within the United States and the role it plays as part of a decarbonized U.S. electric grid. (energy.gov)
Windmills, wind turbines, and wind pumps are used to produce renewable energy. Wind power equipment range from small water pumps (used to charge batteries at remote locations) and chargers to large multi-megawatt wind turbines (arranged in wind farms that supply power to the electricity grid). This equipment provides a range of power outputs from under 100W up to 3MW (onshore) and 7MW (offshore). Modern wind turbines encompass a high rate of reliability with over 97% standard availability and carry an estimated 25-year lifespan. The flexibility of the design allows the equipment to adapt to multiple environments, including those with high, medium, or low average wind speeds, temperatures, and climates. When used for electricity generation, wind turbines can generate direct or alternating currents.
ADDITIONAL TYPES OF RENEWABLE ENERGY
BIOGAS AND LANDFILL GAS
Biogas refers to the gas produced from the natural breakdown of organic matter or waste. Biogas plays a significant role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions due to its' ability to use manure and wet waste. The biogas can then be collected by drilling wells into the waste and extracting it as it forms, providing heat for industrial processes situated near landfills or powering an engine or wind turbine for energy generation.
Landfill gas is a mixture comprised of carbon dioxide and methane. It forms when biodegradable wastes disseminate within a landfill from anaerobic microbiological action. Such landfill locations can generate commercial quantities of landfill gas of up to 30 years after waste deposits. These ensure the safety of the site and procures a significant long-term investment from power and heat sales.
Biomass is the term for substances, which have grown from animal or vegetable matter. Energy from biomass fuels is renewable and can make significant greenhouse gas emissions savings compared to fossil fuels. Use cases for biomass are combined heat and power, heat production, power generation, and transport fuels.
The power of waves is visible on nearly every ocean shore in the world. In-depth research and the subsequent development of technologies allow us to harness the power of wave energy and transform it into electricity for commercial and domestic use.
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