In a world of dwindling traditional energy supplies like oil, natural gas and coal, all of which have harmful environmental effects as the nasty baggage that goes along with them, alternative solutions to a looming global energy crisis are becoming more and more crucial. And some companies are out there trying to do something about it — some companies like renewable energy specialists with a broad range of products that can be specifically tailored to meet the needs of their clients.
Energy Savings Solutions Go Beyond Mere Solar Power
There is more than one kind of solar panel — some generate electricity, and some generate hot water. Solar electricity panels generate electricity, and can be connected to the local energy grid or used to power buildings or systems that are independent of any broad power grid. And just like wind turbines, solar panels built to generate electricity can have that electricity sold back to the energy supplier in the region — saving consumers and businesses alike tons of money, and even generating an income while powering facilities.
In the UK, there is such a thing as a FiT, or feed in tariff, which has been in existence since April of 2010. FiTs pay larger sums of money back to solar electricity panel systems owners like write essays for cash, giving as much as 10% back in revenue each year. And the bad news is that FiTs are headed for a downward revision after March 2016, when new entrants to the world of solar electricity generation will see less of a return on their investment — making this the time to get into the game. Whoever has commissioned a solar panel installation before April of 2016 will see a guaranteed payment for no less than twenty-five years.
Alternative to the Alternatives: Ground Source Heat Pumps
Ground source heat pumps, leveraging geothermal power, work by harnessing heat from the ground which is then used to heat water. And hot water can be taken advantage of to heat an entire home’s worth of space for every season of the year. Not too far beneath the surface of the ground, conditions are ripe for energy creation of this type. Ground source heat pumps can be used to provide the essential element, hot water, to power underfloor heating, radiators, hot water from the taps in your home, or Skirting board radiators. This is another excellent solution to look into for a home or business seeking alternative energy solutions for homes, buildings or facilities.
Alternative and Sustainable Lighting: Litroenergy
Have you ever heard of such a thing as a light source that can emit light for more than 12 years? Sound sustainable to you? Well, it exists, and its name is Litroenergy. What if we told you that the light source is also cheap? What about non-toxic too? And it does not require any power source? Why does it sound like we’re doing an infomercial on late night television? It’s Litroenergy!
According to some speculators, if we can create an economy around this product, and figure out how to produce it on a grand scale, the energy savings alone could result in billions of potential dollars back in our collective pockets.
About the Creation of Litroenergy Products
From the company’s website:
“LitroenergyProducts.com was created to help facilitate the development of various products using the amazing new Litroenergy technology. Litroenergy is a new product that will allow for the manufacturing of plastics that will glow brightly for well over a decade without any charge whatsoever. If you can make it out of plastic, you can make it glow with Litrospheres! We will be manufacturing a wide array of products over the coming year with Litrospheres.”
It seems that all this started with something more childish and perhaps less “functional” — Glow Paint from a company called MPK Co. They were able to create “self-luminous micro particles called Litrospheres which they say are inexpensive, non-toxic, and will stay on for 20+ years (12 year half-life) continuously — without having to be plugged into any power source.” You can see that from this maybe more Halloween-friendly creation sprung a practical, functional and meaningful invention with the power to revolutionize lighting. Within a year of the development of the paint, “they announced that by combining this with thin-film solar sheets they can generate electricity continuously for the same duration.” In a word, wow.
Video of Litroenergy Betavoltaic Technology and Glow Lights
Adding to the acclaim and attention, Litroenergy took the Grand Prize in NASA’s “Create the Future Contest” back in 2007. Their Litrospheres are not affected by heat or cold, and are 5,000-pound crush resistant. They can be injection molded or added to paint. The fill rate of Litroenergy micro particles in plastic injection molding material or paint is about 20%. The constant light gives off no U.V. rays, and can be designed to emit almost any color of light desired,” according to sources found around the Internet. Currently, the cost to light up a 8 ½ x 11 piece of plastic 1/8” thick is approximately a mere 35 cents.