There are a few images that can spring to mind when the words sustainable energy are uttered, more often than not it tends to be wind and solar power. Although these are the most common, believe it or not, green energy can come from a lot of other (sometimes more interesting) sources.
Long gone are the times when it was simply a case of plastering large solar panels on your roof, as nowadays, renewable energy can be sourced from pretty much anywhere. That includes using everyday item such as the crusts of your lunchtime sandwich, or even from the growing of those tomatoes you feasted on in that spaghetti bolognaise last night. Going green doesn’t have to be boring, and as the industry evolves new technologies are becoming widely recognised.
Doug Stewart, CEO of green energy uk explains: “The sector has come a long way since I first started out in the green industry, and now more interesting and (horray) easier ways to go green are available. At green energy uk, as well as harnessing the world’s natural wind and solar power, we source the majority of our electricity from CHP (combined heat and power), and biomass from organic material and anaerobic digestion (including pig poo), hardly your usual suspects! In addition to this, we are also keeping an eye on the progress being made in kinetic energy harvesting, as well as the collection of hydrogen using nanotechnology, so watch this space.”
Doug continues: “In order to keep the industry alive and kicking, there are plenty of new technologies available for sourcing sustainable electricity, and as you can see, we are always looking for new ways to harness it. The last ten years has seen these sources develop dramatically and being green no longer means being restricted to traditional solar and wind processes. Importantly, even smaller generators, such as homes and small farms are now producing enough electricity to sell to the national grid, which is a huge change from several years ago.”
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