Renewable Energy – ‘A breath of fresh air…'
In a world where we are becoming increasingly reliant
on fossil fuels, renewable energy offers a ‘breath of fresh air' for the
By using the earth's abundant supply of renewable resources such as wind energy,
solar power and biomass, we can reduce harmful greenhouse emissions and create
opportunities to reduce our reliance on imported fuels.
This will enable us to pave the way to a more secure and healthy future for the
|There are two types of solar power; solar water heating and solar photovoltaics
Solar water heating systems use collectors to gather the solar radiation.
The heat that is produced is at a relatively low temperature and can be used
for domestic hot water.
Photovoltaic systems use semi-conducting cells, that converts
the sun's energy directly into electricity. More information on solar power and how you can use it as an opportunity
Wind is the most rapidly expanding energy source with an average growth rate
of 33% between 1998and 2002. This is partly due to the environmental benefits
to a world that is being irrepairably damaged by the harmful emissions from
fossil fuels. However, although the UK accounts for 40% of Europe 's total
wind resource, it remains largely untapped, currently meeting only 0.5% of
our electricity requirements. More information on wind energy and how you can use it as an opportunity
|Producing willow as an energy crop contributes to sustainable development,
as it results in the land and the farmers' skills and equipment, to be put
to good use; protects jobs in rural areas; helping rural communities to remain
Many rural areas are growing and experiencing increasing energy demand.
However, building large power plants is not as desirable as the smaller facilities
that have fewer environmental impacts and can operate with locally produced
biomass fuel. More information on willow growing and how you can use it as an opportunity
|With increasing pressures on the world's oil reserves and rising fuel prices,
a better alternative to fossil fuels being used for energy has frantically
been sought and now is the time for action. Biodiesel has proven to be non-carcinogenic,
non-allergenic and biodegradable and exhaust emissions are greatly reduced.|
has the potential to create jobs in the Northern Ireland agricultural sector.
It is a niche area that few have taken advantage of and current opportunities
exist for interested individuals and groups. More information on biofuel and how you can use it as an opportunity