Wading through the streets in most major cities in China you will likely see fixtures resembling radiators attached to the roofs and sides of residential buildings.
You may have heard of the term DG (Distributed Generation) which involves generating electricity from a range of small energy sources such as wind turbines, solar panels, etc. But for the first time one company has literally put their foot down and created a new brand of DG that allows someone to be completely mobile while generating very localized energy.
This month, at a forum for Energy Storage and Microgrids, Gary Wetzel stated, “[t]he energy industry is set to follow in the footsteps of the digital industry.” What he means by this is that the energy industry is set to become decentralized. Just as we once relied on mainframe computers that took up entire rooms, and now have use smart phones with substantially more computing power - energy production is set to become more decentralized.
During a time when “going green” has become trendy in our society, our vernacular has definitely shifted towards incorporating words once only commonplace to those engrossed in environmental fields. But obviously the discussion of these topics, and the common terms attached to them, has not reached a high enough level of pervasion to be recognized by one of the most widely used word processing systems: Microsoft Word.
As many local governments, municipal planners, and public officials across the country are recognizing the environmental and other dangers of climate change and pledging themselves to document and implement reductions in GHG emissions, the economic benefits associated with energy efficiency have made implementing these measures in many communities a priority. Using tools such as the
Summer is rapidly approaching with it high temperatures that spur energy demand, which, in turn, exacerbates climate change through the emission of more GHGs from our electricity generating stations. Throughout the nation, peak demand, that is the traditional hallmark of lazy summer afternoons that get hotter as our planet warms, lead to brownouts because of the lack of nationwide incentives for conservation.
A recent Stanford study measured against the electricity produced by the panels found the industry has reached a phase of net generation. Prior to this point, the global photovoltaic industry required more energy than it generated to produce its products.