Rise of Renewable Energy
For many years, companies rely on non-renewable sources of energy. But that has changed in recent years as organizations rise to protect the environment. Companies re-evaluate their stance and activities in consideration of climate. They now choose to extract energy from available and ubiquitous types of sources such as solar and wind.
Renewable energy sources are growing despite the pandemic. And some industries geared up for a clean energy source. This is where they decided to replace their coal energy source with renewable energy. For instance, Telecom has spread to a vast part of the world, much in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. The United Kingdom installed big wind turbines amid the Covid-19 outbreak. For such big companies in a giant industry to rely on cleaner energy, it helps reduce carbon emissions.
What is Renewable Energy?
Renewable energy comes from natural sources or processes that can be replenished anytime. Some companies think renewable energy is a new technology. But the transforming nature’s power as a human tool has always been around. The wind has powered boats to sail the seas and windmills to grind grain. The sun has provided warmth during the day and helped kindle fires to last into the evening. For the past 500 years, humans have turned to cheaper, dirtier energy sources such as coal and fracked gas.
Now that we have innovative and less-expensive ways to capture and keep wind and solar energy. Renewables are becoming more important power source.
Types of Renewable Energy
- Solar Energy
Humans have been harnessing solar energy for thousands of years. Solar power is generated through materials that transform sunlight into electricity. This can power for thousands of homes. Solar energy systems don’t produce air pollutants and greenhouse gases. And most solar panels have few environmental impacts.
- Wind Energy
We have come a long way from old-fashioned windmills into turbines as tall as skyscrapers. Now, they stand at attention around the world. Wind energy turns a turbine’s blades, then feeds an electric generator and produces electricity. Wind energy has become the cheapest energy source. Turbines can be placed anywhere with high wind speed —such as hilltops and open plains or even in open water.
Renewable energy sources are an excellent choice to integrate into the company’s budget. Renewable energy is expensive and used only by those who can afford it. Most still rely on traditional coal sources. To aid carbon emissions, companies use solar and wind energy to power their operation.
Companies lack awareness of renewables operating and maintaining expenses. The O&M of renewable energy is expensive and will require companies to increase their CapEx for it. They are not only covering the pilferage but also the maintenance costs and fuel delivery.
Companies can now see wind and solar in the future. Therefore, investing in its sustainability and resilience despite the cost. In Ryse Energy, they have cheaper O&M. Their wind turbines have cheaper maintaining costs. These technologies are designed to have simpler installation and exchanges of spare parts. Their turbines have been operating for 30 years. So despite their minimal expenses, they are built to last.
Most industry executives now believe that renewable is the future. This renewable energy can help big companies to stand better and stronger after the pandemic. This is because regulators and the government often side with renewables. They are backed with better investments and less-stringent follow-ups. Plus, they are cheaper for long-term maintenance costs.
Which is the better choice?
Solar and wind are complementary sources. Each has its strength that balances the system and helps shelve a huge part of dirty emissions. Solar has a more competitive market that helps reduce plenty of capital expenses.
It is a more comfortable choice for most companies when switching to renewables. The solar is only useful at a particular time of the day, making the wind a better choice between the two. It can be anywhere and can harness wind energy at any time of the day. “The key advantage of wind power is the long production time of wind compared to solar, which enables you to downsize your battery storage on-site or the ability for longer autonomy,” Munro said. This observation made Ryse Energy spread among Latin and Asian countries. “Our solution targets the off-grid and bad grid markets where so many billions of dollars of diesel are burnt unnecessarily.”
Then why Solar Energy Dominates?
Technical problems come with the consideration of structural factors. On-tower installation is easier in greenfield installations. On the other hand, brownfield installation will be the interaction between the turbines and tower aspects. More than that, past turbines that failed have pulled the wind market a little bit. Cheap-poor quality materials and technology rendered damages and led the market astray. But not this time, says Munro. all leading wind energy providers invested in creating sturdy turbines. This will not only last but will also harness energy even more.
To establish wind and solar energy infrastructure altogether. Companies rely on service providers to cut costs and maximize the technologies developed. Telecoms turn to big renewable providers such as Ryse Energy. With a powerful turbine, energy-management expertise. These systems made them the number one supplier of wind power in the world.
“The telecom industry is a key part of our growth strategy. Taking our technologies into new markets,” said Alistair Munro of Ryse Energy. “We have 400 installations in telecoms applications. These are 3-5kW machines, on and off tower hybridized with solar and battery storage.” They also have several established resources in the Southern continent. “Wind energy seems to be better established in the Latin world than the anglophone world. Latin seems to understand the efficiencies the renewable energy technology provides. And what superior results it can produce by reducing the amount of diesel consumed,” he added.
Integration Challenges of Energy systems
For controlling and monitoring purposes, renewable-based energy park system requires a monitoring system for its efficient operation. Occurrences in the renewable energy sources it becomes complex to monitor the operation. It results in difficulty during its integration.
Many renewable energy generation sites, such as solar PV and wind farms, distribute across various geographical areas. Therefore, it becomes challenging to control without a monitoring system. For precise and accurate energy monitoring of renewable energy generation sites, the data need to become a single entity. The monitoring system must be efficient enough to combine distributed equipment to one system. This is to provide a complete visualization of the grid.
There are technical concerns to arise during the integration of distributed generation (DG) into the system. The first one is stability. After integration, it will affect the rotor angle of the generator. At the same time, it also affects the frequency and voltage stability of the system. Hence, DGs either increase or decrease the strength of the system based on the generator rating. Based on the local voltage perturbation observation in the injected power from the wind and solar units.
The second challenge is the optimal placement of the DG units in the system. Equal reactive power is essential to a healthy voltage level of the system.
Decarbonization is a significant and dangerous step. It should start with big companies, not ordinary people. To gear toward such action is by changing their energy from green sources like solar and wind. Companies can start by investing in reliable, resilient, sustainable, and cost-effective renewable technologies.
Most people have already noticed the good side of the pandemic. It is a good sign to start a green revolution and ramp up big time the benefits of renewable sources to the environment and the people