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A Guide to Renewable Energy

As part of the drive to tackle climate change, we’re increasingly turning our attention to alternative sources of energy and power. While we’ve been thinking more sustainably for a while, thanks to activists like Sir David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg, there’s been a significant move forward in recent years.

This is largely down to the target set by the UK Government, which wants the country to be carbon net zero by 2050. This means that we’re seeing some major updates to the way we live. There’s the ban on petrol and diesel cars, which is coming into play in 2035. We’re also about to see the phasing out of traditional gas boilers – and it’s this that’s likely to see more people seeking renewable alternatives.

If you’re planning ahead to these major updates, read on to find out about the types of renewable resources we’re likely to use and the reasons why making the switch now could be ideal.

The importance of renewable energy

We need to cut greenhouse gas emissions and ease the damaging effects of climate change. Unlike fossil fuels, which contribute significantly to air pollution and global warming, renewable energy uses natural resources such as sunlight, wind, and water, producing energy with minimal environmental impact.

By swapping to renewable energy technologies, we not only reduce our reliance on finite fossil fuel reserves but also contribute to a sustainable and eco-friendly future.

The types of renewable energy

Different types of renewable energy are available. These include:

  • Solar: Solar panels convert energy from the sun’s rays into electricity.
  • Wind: Wind propels the blades, making them move a turbine around a rotor. This turns the generator and this, in turn, creates electricity.
  • Hydropower: Like wind power, hydropower uses turbines and generators to convert kinetic energy into electrical energy. Instead of wind, however, it uses water.
  • Geothermal: Heat is taken from deep in the earth to generate steam and this is converted into energy.

Powering renewable sources

As well as turbines and generators, printed circuit boards (PCBs) are used in powering renewable sources of energy. In solar panels, they control the flow of current and manage power loads and control temperatures. In a windmill, PCB designs help manage power generation and record the performance of individual windmills. PCBs are also resistant to higher temperatures, too. This makes them useful for geothermal energy sources.  

The benefits

The transition to renewable energy offers a range of benefits. These include:

  1. Cost-effective: Renewable energy could save you money in the long run. Renewable technology costs are steadily declining, so once the initial costs are made, you could see a cut to your energy bills.
  2. Job creation: The renewable energy sector is growing, creating jobs. New employment opportunities are popping up as investments pour into clean energy, spanning manufacturing, installation, maintenance, and research.
  3. Increased reliability: Unlike fossil fuels, which are finite and subject to price volatility, renewable energy sources are inexhaustible.

With renewable energy, we’re heading towards energy independence and security, safeguarding future generations from the uncertainty and the damage that comes with fossil fuel dependency.

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