Consider Alternative Energy Technologies
Your solar energy options may be limited by geography or property restrictions. As an alternative, in many cases deploying a non-solar energy system can provide the desired financial rate of return, environmental stewardship, and marketing value.
Allana Buick & Bers will evaluate your renewable and alternative energy options:
Continued rising oil prices and strong economic incentives combined with increased production efficiency have lead to further development and implementation of biofuels as an alternative fuel source for fossil fuels used in both energy generation and transportation. With the coming commercialization of second generation gasification technologies and the future commercialization of third generation algae technologies, it will allow biofuels to come closer to reaching economic price parity with the fossil fuels and subsequently be considered as a serious technology to implement.
Biomass is a renewable energy source consisting of biological material derived from living, or recently living organisms, such as wood, crops, manure, waste, and alcohol fuels. Biomass is most commonly plant matter grown to generate electricity or utilized to produce heat. When burned, the chemical energy in biomass is released as heat, so wood waste or garbage can be burned to produce steam for making electricity, or to provide heat to buildings. Burning biomass isn’t the only way to release its energy. Biomass can be converted to other usable forms of energy like methane gas, ethanol and bio-diesel.
A geothermal heat pump uses water and antifreeze in pipes to move heat from the stable warmth of the earth underground to heat a structure during the winter; in the summer it can remove heat from your structure and store it underground. The process is extremely energy efficient, allowing geothermal systems to run on 25 to 50 percent less electricity than other heating systems.
There are several gasification processes where the by-product gas is either used in its raw material or processed into electricity. This process is also referes as a waste-to-energy system.
“Trigeneration” at efficiencies now around 90% (as opposed to central power plants at 33% efficiency) is the simultaneous production of cooling, heating and power, in one process and the most environmentally-friendly method of generating power and energy – especially when using B100 Biodiesel or Biomethane as the fuel source.
Trigeneration, when compared to (combined-cycle) cogeneration, may be up to 50% more efficient than cogeneration. When found in a hospital, university, office-campus, military base, downtown or group of office buildings, trigeneration has also been referred to as a “district energy system” or “integrated energy system” and as previously mentioned, can be dramatically more efficient and environmentally friendly than “cogeneration.”