14-09-2017

Renewable and Clean Energy.

In my eagerness to find organizations and companies that are willing to share their knowledge about green energy, I got lucky enough to find one. I am interested in learning this kind of technology but still I find it deep and it demands my analytical and logical thinking to understand it.

I had the privilege to interview Sarah Dubord-Gagnon, the Group Coordinator of HowardScott in their office in Denmark on the 7th of September. I must admit that technology is a broad subject and understanding why and how people and organizations work on it to provide environmental benefits that demands great initiatives and planning is important.

 

I have asked Sarah about her personal opinion about Green Environment during my interview with her. This is the same question that I would like to ask my readers as well. You can leave a comment below and state your opinion. I would love to hear your thoughts.

 

Sheree: We know that shifting to being ecological /environment friendly is something that one must understand and put one's initiatives into action even in small quantities to start with (like at home or within your community/group). For me as a culture, technology and green environment blogger, writing is my tool to convey my awareness. 

 

Question: Do you have any inputs or tips that you would like to share/ or would like to do in the near future in order to help in sustaining this ambitious goal (attaining a greener environment)?

 

Sarah: "It might sound funny but I like to say “ Don’t ask what you can do for sustainability but ask what sustainability can do for you!” It’s the best way to realize all of the positive impacts sustainability can have in your life (financially, socially, for your health) it is then easier for you to find the motivation to change even the smallest habits in order to be more sustainable when you realize the impact!

Start with your everyday life, the smallest actions! How do you use water, what do you buy in terms of food, clothes, goods? Could you make better choices? How difficult would it be? With these little changes you will see the benefits and be even more willing to move on to some bigger questions like How am I using energy? Could I get better sources?

I do it for myself and I try to talk about it enough so my entourage, friends, family will also think and talk about it and will eventually apply the same interest to their work, projects, companies! When a person realizes the benefits of sustainability it is good and when an entire industry realizes it, it’s great!" 

 

Goals of the interview

1. To learn about green energy and when we say green, we mean clean, but more than that, we want to know why it is good for our environment and how we could save money in the long run by investing on it.

2. To share awareness, knowledge / learnings, to promote good practices to other people, regardless of economic status (concerning the initiatives towards caring for the environment).

 

Reduction of Co2 emissions

Through the use of sustainable energy sources, we could greatly contribute to the reduction of our emission of greenhouse gas.

We learned on the first section of my blog under Technology: Understanding Great Technological Advances (scroll down further after the last part of this blog) about renewable / sustainable energy and how do we acquire energy from nature. Now, we know that energy could be stored and use, allowing us to save money.

 

Economic concerns

One of the few challenges that hinders us sometimes in converting to these methods is because of economic concerns. Corporations and Industries like hotels, manufacturing firms and all that has high energy consumption would find it useful. Return of investment could be the most asked question when shifting to it.

As our conversation goes deeper into the economic part, I slowly realized that it could be possible to attain it provided that we get more understanding for its long term benefits. This will save industries from paying a lot on their electric bills and after some time, their end-consumers could save money as well. 

In addition to my blog about renewable energy and its economic concern, I have also learned that UN Environment (team Ecosystem management) is doing an effort to promote the preservation of our Ecosystem and that covers the following areas: 1) Economics of Ecosystem, 2) Integrated Solutions, 3) Funding the Future, 4) Private Sector Buy In and 5) Education. 

It is good to know that many individuals, groups and community are working towards the promotion of a cleaner environment by implementing actions in different ways. You can read more on my earlier blog Green Transport.

 

In my one to one interview with Sarah, I got a thorough explanation of what they provides to their clients.


HowardScott is a Danish company with global reach providing clean energy solutions to corporates, utilities and governments. HS goal is to enable clients to improve their operational capability while reducing their cost of energy and carbon footprint.

 

To give you an example, Sarah explained it to me in a way that I could understand.


• The company will study your industry’s energy consumption, needs and location to see a good possibility of placing renewable sources of energy such as solar panels or windmills around your building(s).


• Show you a calculation on how much you could save and even the possibility of earning in the future, especially if you, as a company have learned to use energy efficient utilities.


• Assists you in the maintenance of clean energy solutions to achieve a sustainable production of your company’s energy. This includes help in financing the project.


• Tailor made solutions since industries or corporations have different needs and HowardScott could offer several solutions.

 

Energy Management System

One of the many things that I learned from my interview about clean energy solutions with Sarah is the Energy Management Systems. 


The EMS is what makes the technologies all work together and communicate together in order to manage and optimize your sources of energy and lower significantly your costs. It is not only about installing renewable energy sources but making source that they all work together to reach the highest possible performances.


That's the description of HS global services: They understand the goals and challenges, defines the needs, advance data analytics, solution architecture, implementation and finally helps you in achieving Co2 reduction and cost savings.

 

HowardScott has produced a video about their greatest realization yet and a world premiere in terms of renewable energy penetration. The video was shot in Graciosa, an island in the middle of the Atlantic, which is powered by 70% renewable energy. It has a 4.5 MW windfarm, 5 turbines of 900 KW, 1 MW solarfarm 4000 solar panels, 3.2 MWH I and 6.0 MW battery storage system. This makes it possible to have a stable electric grid to save million of euros. (link provided below)

I am fascinated on how the video was shot, but more than that I admire how the founders of HowardScott came together to create great partnerships with the same great minds like GRINN (design house of electronics, who are designing devices for the customers). GRINN is not a part of the Graciosa project but is a technology that HowardScott use and empowered to reach the market.

Technology is a very wide subject. It is all around us and comes in many forms.


Technology (”science of craft”), from Greek word techne ”art, skill, cunning of hand”; and logia is the collection of techniques, skills, methods, and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation. Technology can be the knowledge of techniques, processes, and the like, or it can be embedded in machines to allow for operation without detailed knowledge of their workings. -from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technology



 

Visit their website for more details:


http://howardscott.com/

 

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Helpful links:

I recommend you to read my blog to deeply understand Renewable Energy: Understanding Technological Advancements 

http://www.shereeann.dk/435549242/5131919/posting/understanding-great-technological-advances

 

Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate

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

 

HowardScott's video:

http://www.shereeann.dk/435386646/5105111/posting/graciosa-graceful-the-graceful-one-an-island-in-the-middle-of-the-atlantic

 

UN Environment  

http://www.unep.org/ecosystems/

 

 

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