One of the largest sources of carbon dioxide worldwide is electricity generation. How is BlueGen helping reduce carbon emissions?
The big issue
Climate change is an identifiable change in the climate that persists for an long period, typically decades or longer. It’s often taken to include man-made changes that occur since the onset of the Industrial Revolution.
According to the International Energy Agency, the power sector is responsible for the majority of all man-made carbon dioxide emissions. It creates about 23 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year – that’s in excess of 700 tonnes a second.
As electricity demand is increasing, emissions need to decrease. This places further pressure on the electricity industry. The challenge is to produce more electricity with lower emissions. To do that, we need to find an alternate generation capacity.
What’s already being done?
In Germany and elsewhere, much of the focus is on high form renewable energy sources such as Solar Photovoltaic (solar PV) and wind generation. These can surely help reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but the uncontrollable nature of renewables also poses other difficulties. What results when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing?
Energy efficiency is all about doing more with less. Not only is consuming energy but also in how energy is converted and carried. Co-generation or mixed heat and power improve energy efficiency by carrying thermal energy that would usually be wasted. Therefore, Demand Side Management shifts consumer demand through financial reasons and education. Also, Installing energy-efficient devices or improved thermal protectors are visible examples, with different pricing structures and off-peak pricing commonly used.
The BlueGen solution
BlueGen® is remotely controllable and gives electrical efficiency across a wide operating reach. But, it combines perfectly with Smart Grids and Demand Side Management, producing power when and where it’s required. Most importantly, BlueGen complements renewables by considering out their seasonal nature.