Archive for the ‘Renewables’ Category
Most homeowners with solar panels only use about half of the energy they produce, the rest goes off to the grid, however, there are now many new energy efficient electrical products and battery storage solutions coming onto the market whereby that electricity can be stored for use later in the evening when demand is higher. For those on a Generation Tariff that means more free energy but also reduces carbon emmissions and helps protect our environment, so we should look to see how we can use more of this solar generated electrical energy.
New technology in the field of electric heating brings us very energy efficient heaters which use very little power, these neat panel heaters can be left on all day and evening drawing low wattage to gently warm one room or the whole house depending on your solar array. Infrared heating panels can be easily retro fitted to a room to run alongside the current central heating system or as a stand alone heating solution.
The large wall mirror electric heater is very popular being attractive and functional!
Now that Spring is on its way, many of us will consider turning off the main central heating, however, some warmth to individual rooms is still necessary, even through the summer months too.
An affordable electric heater in the form of a mirror is a simple way to make your home more comfortable whilst using that self generated electricity.
A 600 watt infrared heating panel will warm a room up to 12 square meters as the primary heat source, that could be your kitchen/ living area or a home office. Infrared works very differently to traditional storage heaters or wall panels which simply warm the air, infrared energy from the panel heater warms people and surfaces directly, once these are gently warmed they give off heat to warm the air, the air stays warm for longer. By warming the thermal mass of the room a more cosy and comfortable feeling is created at lower air temperatures. Further energy savings can be made with the addition of a programmable room thermostat. Heating panels come in a variety of wattages to suit needs or spare capacity and vary in design from plain white to stunning coloured glass and mirrors.
Now that the days are getting longer and solar generated electricity is increasing, solar panel owners should be aware of the new technology coming onto the market which harnesses this power for their own use rather than sending it back to the grid. An effective gentle electric heater combined with a battery pack can provide warmth to one room throughout the day and evening and are cost effective to retro install. An electric heater requires no maintenance or servicing and can be a valuable resource when the main central heating fails or is costing too much to run.
Infrared heat – a growing talking point with so many applications.
When the world of science and technology pick up on an idea, the implications of that idea often go much farther than the original concept. Infrared heating is one such case, developed for heating materials in manufacture, initially a faster drying process, the idea has now been developed to apply to so many other processes. One such process is thermoforming – the moulding of plastics, so much of what we use today involves moulded plastic, but also includes paint drying times, the curing of PVC pastes, moulding of polystyrene and the setting of T shirt transfers. In difficult times where every penny counts, factories are looking at saving energy and costs, and the investment in infrared heat can provide targeted and precise heating turning on and off in an instant to avoid wasting electricity. Industry is welcoming the new energy saving technology, particularly when being encouraged to be green, and the use of infrared heat becomes more widespread. This is a worldwide trend.
With the more common use of infrared heat in industry there quickly becomes better knowledge of the subject and of course more development into other applications. The Chinese now want to be seen at the forefront of quality technology, they are no longer simply making cheap copies, and are involved in research and development into different types of infrared heaters for different situations using both long and short wave, emitted from different materials and very much depending on the application as to which is the most energy efficient and effective.
Certainly our customers are far more knowledgeable about how infrared heat works on the body and the structure of our homes, and it is a subject that is gaining discussion with those involved in creating highly energy efficient homes and renewable energy projects to larger commercial businesses wishing to lower their heating bills.
Wind turbines are falling over!
I live very close to Bradworthy in North Devon where a wind turbine recently fell over!
In fact I used to be able to see it from my back garden!
You can find out more about the original story here on the BBC website!
I still stand by my earlier blog that North Devon (including Torridge) are in danger of allowing far too many of these turbines to be dotted around the countryside & therefore ruining the whole county/area.
Despite being a very rural part of the world it is very difficult to find a spot where the wind turbines are more than a kilometre away from a residential house, and the more that go up the more there is a statistical chance that something awful could go wrong.
This latest article from the BBC – here – tells us that wind turbines are safe despite two of them collapsing in the South West in the space of a week, a representative of the industry has insisted. We are told that incidents like this are rare, but as more and more turbines go up, the incidents will become more & more common – statistically!
Let’s be sensible and have fewer large ones, particularly ones that don’t fall over!
Efficient office heating solution can be fitted in the suspended ceiling.
Multiheat is a specialist provider of infrared heating panels specifically designed to fit into the suspended ceiling framework.
When decommissioning or stripping out old or ineffective heating systems the office layout can be rearranged to make better and full use of the entire floor and wall space, something that has previously been dictated by the heaters.
Any business re-fit should evoke a feel for your individual company alongside a professional atmosphere not jeopardised by unsightly heating systems but, these days, will also be concerned with carbon reduction.
Multiheat supplies drop in heaters that fit perfectly into the framework of your suspended ceiling, cabling is all hidden above, along with lighting and any other cabling, your electrician can simply wire up the heaters to a central programmer for complete heating control. The background warmth generated by infrared energy is welcoming and creates pleasant working conditions along with importantly reducing your energy consumption. Infrared heating panels have low energy use and are energy efficient.
Talk to us about reducing your office heating bills with an efficient infrared office heating solution.
Have you ever sat down and wondered how did I ever manage before all this new technology. Our lives have completely changed over the past ten years or so. We simply go out and buy the latest must have gadget without ever thinking will it work or how does it do that? Knowing that it just will do it! No one ever waits to see if it fails, or needs a trail period to iron out any faults, because before you know it the product will be updated and technology moved on to make a new product even better than the last.
Today a customer asked me if our heating panels have a proven track record. He was new to the concept of far infrared heating, but quite convinced from what he had read that it was just what he was looking for. Well, I guess we have been using them here in the office and in our homes for a few years with no problems, but that isn’t a very big track record is it, even so, this didn’t faze him at all. They have been used successfully in Europe for many years but are new to the UK.
The energy efficiency market is moving forwards all the time, the panels we sell today are a vast improvement on those we first looked at only a few years ago, and we have learnt so much too, new products will hopefully be launched later in the year to extend our range.
New technology does not come cheap, whether it is a smart phone or solar panel, there is no proven track record, you can only research and read up to make our own judgement. In such a rapidly growing market there is no time to wait and see if it works, do your research, and ask yourself is this product right for me? will it benefit me in my lifestyle? will it actually save me money or time? if the answer is yes then go for it!
Here in North Devon we are so lucky to live in such an unspoilt part of the country, however progress continues to encroach on the beauty of the countryside with new wind farms/developments popping up all over the place, but where shall we put them?
We need to do our bit also to reduce the countries carbon footprint & wind turbines are one such way of doing this and reading the local newspaper recently it is easy to discover that they are also very controversial!
The Diocese of Exeter are proposing to put up 6 turbines at 3 sites across North Devon being part of their strategy to reduce their own carbon footprint by 40% by 2020 – and some of the locals in Chittlehampton, East Anstey & Black Torrington are upset, and I don’t blame them!
All three villages are in their own way pretty and any unsightly modern structure, particularly large wind turbines will spoil that prettiness!
Then of course there is the Atlantic Array, a proposed offshore wind farm, that was initially going to have as many as 417 very large turbines, a lot of them in view of the North Devon coastline. Again, this made the local newspaper recently, reporting that the proposals were reducing the maximum number of turbines to 278, still a large number in anyone’s books!
Many communities are again concerned with the visual impact these turbines will have on our scenery & coastal views, and why is this important, well, because tourism is a very big contributor to our local economy and the concern is that from the ever increasing small one or two turbine developments popping up all over North Devon & with 270+ wind turbines out to sea we will be considered a generator of electricity pebble dashed with these things and that there will be very few places left in North Devon where you will not be able to see one!
Will that scare the tourists away? I’m not sure, but what we do seem to lack is some policy by the local & central government to decide on what the maximum number of turbines should be and where they should be sited to minimise this impact, because it is an impact!
While the occasional wind turbine can look quite imposing and the odd 20 turbine farm can look in its own way outstanding, too many of these things around every corner can spoil the scenery to a detrimental effect!
Or does it? Pylons and electricity have been there for years and we seem to turn a blind eye to them – of course they do not move in the same way as wind turbines but a blot on the landscape they certainly are!
I almost think, but am still open minded about this, is that one large farm, like the Atlantic Array, is the only development that we need in North Devon, then can we stop and forget the one/two turbine sites that will be here there and everywhere on our landscape if we are not careful!
What do you think?