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 extended period, typically decades or longer. It’s often taken to include man-made changes that have occurred 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 alternate generation capacity.
What’s already being done?
In Germany and elsewhere, much of the focus is on high profile renewable energy sources such as Solar Photovoltaic (solar PV) and wind generation. These can certainly help reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but the uncontrollable nature of renewables also poses other challenges. What happens when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing?
Energy efficiency is all about doing more with less. Not only in consuming energy, but also in how energy is transformed and transported. Co-generation or combined heat and power improve energy efficiency by capturing thermal energy that would normally be wasted. Demand Side Management modifies consumer demand through financial incentives and education. Installing energy efficient appliances or improved thermal insulation are visible examples, with different pricing structures and off-peak pricing commonly used.
The BlueGen solution
BlueGen® is remotely controllable and delivers electrical efficiency across a wide operating range. It integrates perfectly with Smart Grids and Demand Side Management, producing power when and where it’s required. Most importantly, BlueGen complements renewables by balancing out their intermittent nature.