Solar Energy - used for electricity production and the heating of water through photovoltaic cells in areas with adequate sunlight.
- Solar offers the advantages of being an inexhaustible fuel source that is pollution free with a relatively low visual impact.
- Reliability and service life ratings for solar systems are high.
- In hybrid configurations, solar is an excellent choice to augment other energy technologies such as wind, providing modest power levels for on and off grid applications.
- Solar can be deployed in remote as well as urban areas to power a wide variety of equipment types including but not limited to wireless base stations, two way radios and remote monitoring systems.
Energy from Wind - can be implemented as part of a capital investment strategy similar to solar that has the potential to be cash flow positive in a relatively short period of time, with basically no ongoing capital investment required once the systems are in place.
- Wind is a clean, inexhaustible energy resource with the capability of powering millions of homes and businesses.
- Wind is one of the fastest growing forms of electricity generation on the planet with aggressive deployments of the technology in Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Ireland.
- Studies show that, with the construction of a national grid, wind power could supply approximately one-third of American electricity needs.
- Applications range from large wind farms to small scale systems for powering telecommunications wireless base stations to residential uses.
There are multiple technologies available for energy generation purposes. Some of the major ones are summarized below. Energy Transitions is dedicated to assisting customers by searching for and providing the latest proven products at affordable prices for their power requirements.
Fuel Cells & Reformers - reformers make hydrogen on site for a fuel cell and fuel cells make electricity. They employ an electrochemical conversion process to produce energy.
- Fuel cells come in a variety of form factors, utilizing over a half dozen different technologies to efficiently produce electricity from a "stack" - a modular unit that can be scaled to accommodate a variety of power outputs ranging from less than one watt to megawatt systems.
- The systems are inherently clean and quiet to operate.
- Without the moving parts of a traditional internal combustion engine, fuel cells can be configured to have high levels of reliability, "exceeding five 9's" in some cases.
- Without a reformer, fuel cells can use stored hydrogen delivered by gas suppliers to make electricity.
- Reformers offer the added benefit of fuel flexibility - the ability to extract hydrogen from readily available fuel sources such as methanol, natural gas or propane.
- Reformers deliver extended run capability - providing days of run time for the fuel cell instead of hours, depending upon the amount of fuel at the site.
- Fuel cells can be used for a variety of applications which cover three main market segments: motive power, stationary power and portable power.
Energy from Waste - typically large scale plants, they are designed to leverage the use of the currently available and the increasing levels of biomass material generated by modern day living.
- Waste Energy provides a positive impact solution for waste management and landfill reduction/elimination.
- Fuel for electricity production can be derived from refuse, biomass materials and solid waste.
- Industrial, medical and hazardous waste materials can also be utilized to recover energy through a waste incineration process.
- In addition to combustion technology, gasification solutions from forestry related pulp and paper manufacturing processes and landfill gas emissions are also possible.
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Want additional information on how fuel cells work or want to know about the different types of fuel cells? See the "Resources" tab on the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association web site at: http://www.fchea.org/factsheets/