At present only a small proportion of the world’s energy needs come from alternative and renewable energy sources. These exist in many forms including Solar Thermal, Photovoltaics, Wind, Hydro, Tidal/Wave and Bioenergy (including Biomass, Biogas and Biofuels). As with fossil fuels the sun’s energy is the ultimate source of these energies.
Our weather is an immense renewable energy resource driven by energy from the sun, wind and tides. Since the formation of the Earth, the weather has been unleashing its relentless power, shaping the landscape and bringing life to our world.
It is not easy to understand the enormous amounts of energy the weather contains. It has been estimated that the energy output from one cyclone is in the order of 100 billion kilowatt hours each day it exists. This is more energy output than a standard power station produces in 15 years.
Energy from the weather is free from nature. If we harness it in increasing quantities to help contribute to the world’s energy needs we can help the environment.
One major advantage with the use of renewable energy is that as it is renewable it is therefore sustainable and so will never run out. Renewable energy facilities generally require less maintenance than traditional generators. Their fuel being derived from natural and available resources reduces the costs of operation. Even more importantly, renewable energy produces little or no waste products such as carbon dioxide or other chemical pollutants, so has minimal impact on the environment.
Renewable energy projects can also bring economic benefits to many regional areas, as most projects are located away from large urban centres and suburbs of the capital cities. These economic benefits may be from the increased use of local services as well as tourism.
The Need for Renewable Energy
There are many energy sources that are already extremely limited in supply and being depleted by the day. These sources include oil, natural gas, and coal and it is a worrying fact that it is just a matter of time before they will be exhausted completely. In fact estimates state that they can only meet our energy demands for another fifty to seventy years. So in an effort to find alternative forms of energy, the world has turned to renewable energy sources as the solution.
When we speak of renewable energy the typical ones we are speaking off and are trying to make mainstream consist of solar, hydro, wind, geothermal, ocean and biomass. The most common advantage of each is that they are renewable and cannot be depleted. They are a clean energy, as they don’t pollute the air, and they don’t contribute to global warming or greenhouse effects.
Since their sources are natural the cost of operations is reduced and they also require less maintenance on their plants. Of course there is a disadvantage to these in that it is difficult to produce the large quantities of electricity their counterpart the fossil fuels are able to. Since they are also new technologies, the cost of initiating them is high.
Although these disadvantages can put people off the facts are that we will eventually ‘have’ to convert to renewable energy of some sort. When you burn coal, gas or oil you rapidly convert a relatively easily available, concentrated source of energy into a useless form known as dispersed exhaust gases. These gases do nothing other than pollute the planet and of course the coal that once made them is now gone, used as an energy. By using renewable energy we are merely tapping into a natural flow of energy, sunlight, moving water, wind, biological- or geothermal processes. These are part of natural cycles of highs and lows. Their energy is truly renewable as it remains available to the same degree and is not depleted any more than it otherwise would by using it—an advantage of renewable energy that we have discussed.
Once the technology is created and refined to be as efficient as possible we no longer have to worry about the current aspects of depletion and pollution. Through research and development, as well as, new technologies, the hope is many of the disadvantages of renewable sources of energy can be eliminated and we can successfully incorporate it into our power supplies. The best form of renewable energy depends on where you live and what you need the energy for. In the UK it is generally agreed that near-shore wind farms hold the most promise and could alone generate three to four times the country’s power requirement and create 35,000 new jobs.
Ardenham Energy, one of the UK’s most ambitious and developing Renewable energy companies has continued its National expansion by establishing its key Northern Regional HQ in Wakefield West Yorkshire. Further offices have been established in both the North West and North East to help service the growing Northern Regional business from both a sales and installation point of view.
Our company has already expanded immensely, covering the South West and East Anglia regions, as well as the Midlands and South East. Further expansion continues, with the end of May bringing into play a new office in the West Midlands.
Ardenham Energy has many years’ experience within the renewables industry and is fully MCS accredited for Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Wind and Heat pumps. This enables us to deliver a “basket” of services to commercial and residential customers alike. With over 2500 installations completed nationally, we have vast experience in the design and delivery of renewable energy systems.
All of Ardenham Energy’s regional offices offer a range of sales, design, commissioning and installation solutions. Ardenham’s highly qualified staff deliver quick and highly qualitative services to the commercial and domestic markets. We can provide products from recognised market leaders; such as Suntech, Sharp, Sanyo, SMA and many others.
The establishment of the Northern Region will enable us to serve our client base across the North East and North West quickly and efficiently. Utilising local knowledge and resources to deliver regional centric solutions that are specific to the addressable customer base for both commercial and residential customers.