12-09-2017

Understanding Great Technological Advances

Being a beginner in blogging technology is very challenging. When I started Blooming Etiquette in March 2017 - Culture, Technology & the Environment, I never thought that the care for our environment would caught my attention the most. In June 2017, I changed it to Blooming Etiquette - Culture, Technology and Green Environment.

 

I discovered that my inner passion for expanding my knowledge about the things that could help us in improving the way we live would highly interests me. Recently, I decided to make a project out of it. My surroundings and environment where I live has impacted my awareness.

Among all other creatures, humans are the most intelligent and the most vulnerable ones as well.

Why? 

We are capable of doing a lot of things, creating great artworks, infrastructures and making new inventions. On the other hand, we are equally capable of destroying the things we build or make or even ignoring  (consciously or unconsciously) the things that we have or the things we get freely from the nature, like sun and water that results to having limited resources. Aside from the natural calamities, we are partly responsible for triggering it because of our carelessness; which affects the rest of the world negatively.

 

In the beginning, people were contented living in nature and without so much demand for the use energy, but we continuously evolve and change is constant. It has been both a positive and negative change. In most cases, innovation in our technology helps in making our lives better. Best example for this is the way we connect to our families and to different people, the internet and the multiple forms of communication that makes it easy and possible for everyone to connect. We can also agree that is a lot cheaper than the long-distance phone calls that costs us money per minute or even the traditional snail mail. These days, we do it by form of e-mails, facebook and through multiple social media platforms.

 

In this blog, we will get a better understanding about "Clean Energy" and the great initiatives and planning that makes it available for companies and industrial firms to acquire provided and custom-tailored solutions. From this,  primarily the customers, end users and the environment would benefit from it in the long run.

 

These days, the subject of green energy can be read about or shown around the globe even in small percentage. Aside from government efforts, many organizations and businesses has started promoting it in many forms like using bicycles instead of fuel dependent cars going to work or schools on short distances. 

 

A few examples for this is of DTU's Two Wheeler first aid that was featured on April 2017 By Anne Damgaard Møller and my previous feature about Folding bicycles in the Philippines named "Tiklop Group" who do almost the same thing, providing free services like check-ups on bicycles and some repairs. See my blog Green Transport. More to it, six months ago we shifted to an environment-friendly energy company where we pay less and still get the same quality. From this company, we got tips/advice about electric usage and how to reduce it. We learned that in this way, we help in sustaining green energy.

 

A question to ponder is... Do you know where our energy/electricity comes from? We pay our electric bills and oftentimes we wonder or definitely complain why it costs much even when we try to limit the use of it.

 

Factors to consider (energy efficiency)

  • The way we use energy at home/school/work plays a big role in our electrical bills. 
  • The appliances we have, whether it is your washing machine or refrigerator, needs to be replaced to a more energy efficient one if necessary. Always look at the kw/h consumption and compare.
  • The bulbs/lighting. LED lights uses very little amount of energy and still gives more light than the non-led ones.

 

What is Renewable / Sustainable Energy?

As defined by the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate. See the link below.

Sustainable Energy

Sustainable energy is a general term of bio-energy, wind power, solar energy, geothermal energy and other technologies that differ from coal and other fossil fuels by being CO2 neutral. The use of sustainable energy sources contributes to the reduction of our emission of greenhouse gas and to making Denmark independent of fossil energy.

The government's ambition is to make Denmark free of fossil fuels by 2050. This means that by 2050 Denmark should be able to produce enough renewable energy to cover the total Danish energy consumption.

Bio-energy

Bio-energy is energy stored in organic material or biomass. Biomass can be incinerated directly or be processed for various kinds of fuels e.g. wood pellets, fermentation gas or bioethanol. Some kinds of biomass are vegetable such as e.g. straw, wood and alga. Other kinds of biomass are animal such as livestock manure and animal fats.

Bio-energy represents more than 2/3 of Denmark's total consumption of sustainable energy and is a growth market, as several power plants change from fossil energy to wood pellets, wood chips or straw. The production of fermentation gas is growing fast and is expected to triple in the period 2012 to 2020.

Biomass can be stored, which is not yet possible with wind power and solar energy. Consequently, bio-energy will probably play an important role as to ensuring security of supply in a future energy system

 

Wind Power

In 2015 wind power represented 42 % of the total electricity supply in Denmark. Furthermore, the mounting of new windmills ashore is one of the cheapest ways of expanding electricity production. In this way, wind power is the most common type of renewable energy in Denmark and it is the most competitive kind of sustainable energy compared to other kinds of energy. Windmills can be established ashore and offshore.

 

 Solar energy

In Denmark, solar energy is used in two ways:

1) Solar cells for production of electricity. In 2015 Danish solar cell plants produced an amount of electricity corresponding to 1.8 % of the total Danish electricity consumption.

 

2) Solar collectors are used for heating of buildings and for production of district heating by means of sunbeams heating the water. Solar collectors are often combined with a heat pump.

 

Geothermal Energy

Geothermal energy is in the underground in the form of hot, salty water. The temperature in the underground layers rises proportionally with the depth, as heat flows from the inner of the earth towards the surface of the earth. The temperature at a depth of 1-3 kilometres is about 40–80 °C.

The heat in water can be used for energy to heat supply in the district heating system. In Denmark, we get geothermal energy from plants close to Thisted, on Amager close to Copenhagen and in Sønderborg. In Denmark, geothermal energy is used to a limited degree.

 

For more information, visit Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate

http://en.efkm.dk/energy-and-raw-materials/energy-supply/sustainable-energy/

 

Read more about Sustainable Energy

 http://www.shereeann.dk/435549242/5139392/posting/renewable-and-clean-energy

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of HowardScott. "Graciosa" windmills.

 

 

Learn about my project. 

Projects

 

 

Hi. This blogsite is not an advertising firm.  I solely own it and it is my pleasure to write, share, learn and help in promoting the care for our environment in my special way. The people, incidents and things that I feature are meant to serve awareness to young people and to everybody around the globe. :)

My willingness to be better at writing and research has pushed me to have my own webpage.  I am making a research about different topics from time to time and hoping to reach those people, organizations and businesses with inspirational thoughts and willing to contribute/share their ideas and knowledge about my topics. 

 
-Sheree Ann Kratmann Indiongco