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:

Biofuels have been around as long as cars have. At the start of the 20th century, Henry Ford planned to fuel his Model T’s with ethanol and early diesel engines were shown to run on peanut oil. Unlike other renewable energy sources, biomass can be converted directly into a liquid fuel called “biofuels” which can be used as a replacement to fossil fuels to meet both energy demands and transportation needs. The two most commonly produced biofuels currently in use are ethanol and biodiesel. With further technical development of next generation biofuels, the existence of numerous State and Federal blender and producer credits, and increased RPS standards, the next generation of biofuels is economically poised for commercialization.


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 plant designed to produce both heat and electricity from a single heat source. Note: This term is being used in place of the term ‘cogenerator’ that was used by US Energy Information Administration in the past. CHP better describes the facilities because some of the plants included do not produce heat and power in a sequential fashion and, as a result, do not meet the legal definition of cogeneration specified in the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA).
One or more cells capable of generating an electrical current by converting the chemical energy of a fuel directly into electrical energy. Fuel cells differ from conventional electrical cells in that the active materials such as fuel and oxygen are not contained within the cell but are supplied from outside.
Often used at electric power plants, hot water or steam extracted from geothermal reservoirs in the Earth’s crust is supplied to steam turbines at electric power plants that drive generators to produce electricity.

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.

These special gases produced when waste materials are subjected to high-temperature gasification and used as an alternative energy source.

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.

A trigeneration plant, defined in non-engineering terminology, is most often described as a cogeneration plant that has added absorption chillers – which takes the “waste heat” a cogeneration plant would have “wasted,” and converts this “free energy” that would have been wasted by cogeneration, into useful energy in the form of chilled water.

“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.”

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