Top green energy savings
sources to watch for 2020
For the first time, zero-carbon energy sources now make up more than half of all the electricity produced, according to the National Grid. This is more than double its use 10 years ago.
This landmark achievement results from the introduction of more and more projects using greener energy sources over the last decade to work towards creating cleaner power sources to use for business energy.
With green energy as a top priority for everyone, it’s in every business’ interest to make sure they’re using sources with the lowest environmental impact they can find from the right suppliers. Every business operating with cleaner energy sources can contribute to the UK’s end goal of having zero-carbon emissions by 2050.
So, what are the top types of green energy set to grow in 2020 to create electricity and heat?
Here are some low-emissions energy sources you can expect to play a bigger part in generating your business energy:
1. Wind Power
Those eye-catching windmills you spot in open fields are used for the creation of wind power to generate electricity for businesses and households. In 2019, wind power created a record 40% of the UK’s total electricity, generating more than 16 Gigawatts – that’s more than double since 2017.
The UK now has more than 10,000 wind turbines, which produce, on average, 22 Gigawatts of electricity. Further investment is set aside for more wind turbines between 2019 and 2022.
2. Tidal and Wave
Yes, that’s right. Sea waves and tide is an essential and effective energy source used to generate electricity. Currently, it provides around 4% of the UK’s electricity on average, a small percentage compared to other sources, but this is set to grow.
The government estimates that the energy from tidal waves has the potential to provide as much as 20% of the UK’s total electricity use.
The benefits of energy from this source is the predictable nature of tides which means engineers can tell when to make full use of them to generate a comparably larger amount of energy over a longer time than some other sources.
A term you may have heard of, this energy comes from solids, which are decomposed and converted into energy. Sources come from wood, plants, bio-gas and household waste and are more cost-effective than some other energy sources.
An incredible way of using waste, it plays a smaller part in generating electricity compared with others, but it is one that’s needed to meet zero-emission targets. In a report from The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology reports that increasing conversion by 2.5% will create energy output by as much as 10%.
Biomass is used to create electricity and heat for industrial processes, as well as for converting into bio-fuel to power vehicles.
One of the oldest types of ‘green’ energy sources, using water through a man-made river or reservoir is used to create electricity. It’s one of the cleaner types of energy per unit of electricity it generates.
There’s a potential for as much as 2 Gigawatts more of energy to be created with further management of hydro-power sites.
5. Ground source heat pumps
This energy source is being used more by larger business sites and commercial premises, due to the large amount of energy it creates, plus the benefits of having low running costs, are quiet to run and can help improve air quality. What’s more, the longevity of a heat pump is around 10 or as long as 25 years if maintained correctly. On average, a heat pump can produce around 4 kWh of energy, which is times as much as it needs to power it. A consultant can work with you to survey and assess how your commercial site could benefit from installing one or more of these for your site and how much you can save on your business energy.
Want to know how you can find cleaner greener energy for your business premises? An upgrade or changeover assessed by an energy consultant could be just what you need to save you money and help your business cut down on its carbon emissions.