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Custom built lithium power pole batteries

The components of Solar installations, and in particular, the batteries; are a soft target for criminals. Storing the battery inside the pole puts it out of sight of opportunistic criminals, as well as making it difficult to steal.

Lithium batteries are the new standard in Energy Storage. They’re lighter, smaller, longer-lasting and more efficient than the traditional Lead batteries. We offer custom designed Lithium Batteries to fit inside the pole, putting them out of sight of criminals, as well as making them difficult to steal.

Remote and unsecure locations wanting an off-grid system will benefit from our solutions for following application:

Lighting, Telecoms, Security, Weather stations and other sensors.

Install a Power Pole Battery today!

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Our team was very pleased to hear that South Africa’s renewable energy program has been set to restart this year

The conclusion of 27 outstanding power purchase agreements for three years, which include wind, solar photovoltaic and concentrated solar power should be finalized in the next couple of months.

Progress in the South African renewable energy field has been admittedly slow, but the past few weeks have been extremely encouraging for the country.

Eskom has finally decided to sign agreements with 27 renewable energy projects involving R56bn in capital expenditure.

The projects will add 2 305 megawatts of local electricity capacity and are expected to enter into commercial operation by 2020.

This exciting initiative will provide 61 600 full-time jobs for South Africans and will immediately ensure a R2.7bn investment in the South African economy.

The programme largely grounded to a halt when Eskom refused to sign further agreements about two years ago, citing financial woes. The decision put the skids on the programme and renewable investment flowing into the country.  However, with a bit of a reshuffle it seems energy is back and ready to be implemented!

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Can we create fuel using man-made photosynthesis?

Is the traditional way of producing petrol about to change forever? If new scientific research has its way, this is definitely a possibility.

The focus is again on climate change, well actually the focus has never really moved away. Climate change is happening rapidly around us, all the time. But while scientists and policy makers might differ on a number of fronts, the one thing that they can all agree upon is that carbon dioxide is the main culprit.  It’s this gas emission that has inspired the latest developments in Green technology.

At the University of Illinois in Chicago, scientists have come up with a way to mimic the process of photosynthesis in plants by converting Co2 into fuel. Basically, they have engineered photosynthesis outside of nature.

The technology that is being used is designed to mimic a plant by absorbing the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere before turning it into glucose and oxygen by using water. This interesting development could be used in future to provide fuel for cars while it could also be used on a grander scale to help revert the damage done by climate change.

The loss of trees and climate change

Before the current energy saving technology was mainstream, technology such as solar panels and LED lighting, trees were our first defence against the harsh effects of climate change. Planting trees and preserving the planet’s forests were critical in reducing the amount of Co2 in the atmosphere. But as you already know, the forests are not as well preserved and what is left is no longer enough to combat the change.

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The process of photosynthesis is a regular part of nature. Scientists have found a way to mimic this method and use it to create renewable, environmentally friendly fuel.
The process of photosynthesis is a regular part of nature. Scientists have found a way to mimic this method and use it to create renewable, environmentally friendly fuel.

It is not just through the process of photosynthesis that carbon dioxide is removed from the air. Think of trees as a reservoir for storing carbon dioxide. So when forests are torn and burned down, this stored carbon dioxide is then released back into the atmosphere, to a devastating effect.

Imagine the change that could be achieved if man-made photosynthesis was able to remove large amounts of Co2 from our atmosphere in light of the deforestation? It might be a long shot, but it is definitely something worth trying.

New world technology for new fuel made from the photosynthesis

Man-made photosynthesis is one of the newer ways that scientists are attempting to rid the world of its overabundance of harmful carbon emissions and as the latest in Green technology it is bound to become a part of the machinery for combating climate change.

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Trees not only "breathe" in Co2 but they are also natural storage vessels for the gas.
Trees not only “breathe” in Co2 but they are also natural storage vessels for the gas.

The technology that scientists have created takes the form of an artificial leaf. And once it has absorbed the carbon dioxide it converts the gas into carbon monoxide, which is then used to create fuel.

 

This is the first time that the method has been used to create fuel. In fact, the by-products of this procedure could even be converted into diesel and who knows what else it could be used for in future.

And the newer processes are also expected to be more cost-effective, which means that it could result in an end to the traditional production of fuel.

The future is looking Greener and cleaner, but the process of introducing this technology to the mainstream world is bound to take time. But this doesn’t mean that you are without your options when you are looking for an alternative, sustainable energy production. Solar power, created by using solar panels and solar geysers, is one of the simplest ways that you can change the way that you use energy.

With Green Leaf Alternative Solutions’ high-quality solar panels, solar geysers and a number of other options for you to use when building or when you are looking to take the sustainable approach to your energy, you can help the environment.

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15 Rapid Ways to Go Green at Home

When you picture Going Green, what is it that you imagine? Solar power? Solar is a great way to go but it is not the only Green technology option.  There are simple ways to transform your life to promote a Greener lifestyle and healthier environment.
These 15 tricks are so easy, you might already be doing them without even knowing it!

Always want to Go Green? These are the easiest ways that you can turn your life around and successfully start living an environmentally friendly life.
Always want to Go Green? These are the easiest ways that you can turn your life around and successfully start living an environmentally friendly life.

You have probably read numerous tips before, but implementing some of those changes into your life can be quite a mission. What you need are simple, easy to follow tips that you can instantly start using in your day to day life.

Tricks to Go Green starting today

  1. No meat once a week. Did you know that the emissions of farm animals are a massive contributor to the current climate change? By lessening the amount of meat that you consume each week you are helping to cut back the number of animals bred for consumption and helping to cut back emissions.
  2. Invest in a filter. Forget bottled water, unless you are away from a source. If you are concerned about your water’s quality at home or work, install a filter.
  3. Buy biodegradable refuse bags. How many bags do you go through in a week for your house hold rubbish and do you know if these bags can be broken down naturally? It might be time for a change.
  4. Store rainwater and set up or invest in a grey water system. Collecting and reusing water will go a great way towards saving water. And there is an added bonus to this when you start saving on your water bill as well.
  5. Say goodbye to your air conditioner (within reason) by using it sparingly or investing in an eco-friendly airconditioner.
  6. Water your garden by hand instead of using an automated system which can waste water.
  7. Try to remember your reusable shopping bags so that you don’t buy plastic bags each time you buy groceries.
  8. Invest in a light timer so that you never have to worry about the lights being left on unnecessarily.
  9. Stop the mail! By switching to using email instead of paper mail, you are helping the cause and you are reducing waste.
  10. How many of us are guilty of microwaving plastic? Chemicals from microwaved plastic can leech into the air and into your food, so think twice before you do this.
  11. Start donating. Those things in your home, including old clothing that you never use, can be put to better use if you donate it. How is this part of Going Green? Well, no energy will be wasted when disposing of things you don’t need and energy will not be used creating or purchasing new clothing or household items for others.
  12. Create a compost pile in your garden where you dispose of your biodegradable waste.
  13. Bring a plant into your home, this is the easiest way to bring some fresh air into your space, and it doubles as a decoration.
  14. Have a plan when you are heading into the town or city to do a few errands. This will save you time and fuel.
  15. Cover up your swimming pool when you are not using it. By doing this you will prevent the water from your pool from evaporating which means you save by not having to top it up.

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When you are ready to make a full commitment to a Green life, one of the first things that you should do is invest in solar power.
When you are ready to make a full commitment to a Green life, one of the first things that you should do is invest in solar power.

In the long run, installing solar power producing products is the way to go when you are looking to save big.  But if solar power is not an option right now, you can Go Green in other ways.  Every little bit helps![/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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The Living Building Challenge: Designs for the Future

Imagine a world where sustainable energy and sustainable living is free for everyone. Sustainable in the way that we can be fully reliant on renewable energy to supply us with everything we would normally get from non-sustainable energy? This is a future which could become a reality should the exciting new concept of living buildings takes over.

As a part of the Green Architecture industry, living buildings are becoming a popular way for people to Go Green. Sometimes the term living building is applied to a home that has features such as solar panels and solar geysers to produce energy from the sun, but a living building is not just a structure that has solar systems.

Living buildings are designed to be 100% dependent on nature.

Living buildings are pushing designers and architects to their limits and encouraging them to think beyond their usual ideas of building homes or other structures. Sustainable building is certainly not a new concept, but living buildings are in many ways new as the focus is on the home as a whole and not just on the way that electricity is produced.

Your home is your ecosystem with the Living Building Challenge

A few years back, the Living Building Challenge was launched and the concept gained plenty of attention.  The entire concept is based on a flower, which takes energy from the earth to be able to blossom and grow.

Today, after a couple of years, the Living Building Challenge is pushing design forward and paving the way for an energy sustainable future for everyone. Some of the features that contribute to building a fully sustainable building include installing solar panels, sustainable heating and cooling systems, rain gardens to harvest water, a natural filter to clean and reuse wastewater, and natural sunlight for the interior, while the entire structure itself is built with environmentally sustainable, eco-friendly materials.

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Living homes make use of solar power and grey water systems along with a number of other systems.
Living homes make use of solar power and grey water systems along with a number of other systems.

These structures use no more energy than they are able to produce themselves. This means that energy is easily saved because it is always used sparingly. These kinds of Green buildings are the toughest out there, you will not find a structure more committed to renewable energy.

A basic look at how the living building works according to the Living Building Challenge

Energy, that is the electricity that is required to keep the place functioning, is generated using solar power. The dedication to Green energy starts when the building is under construction as a solar system is set up to generate enough electricity to complete the project. As with other solar systems, any unused energy goes back into the national grid.

Water is collected from the building as well. The run off from the roof is gathered from any rain or other precipitation and any grey water can be used for the irrigation of plants. Black water is also collected and both the grey water and the black water are treated on site, within the building.

On the inside, the focus is on living well and ensuring that the inhabitants enjoy a healthy life. Plants are used within the home to treat grey water as well as to provide clean air to the interior. Indoor lighting during the day comes naturally from the sun.

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One day we might be once more reliant on nature to provide for all of our energy needs.
One day we might be once more reliant on nature to provide for all of our energy needs.

To ensure that the structures are able to continue to provide for the inhabitants and designers need to prove that their buildings are dependent on nature alone.

Is the future really going to feature living buildings? This is almost a certainty so long as the designs can be proved to be sustainable. The future of the Green industry certainly looks interesting, who knows what envelopes will soon be pushed? What do you think?

Green Leaf Alternative Solutions is a Green contracting company dedicated to sustainable building methods and building products such as solar geysers, solar panels, grey water recycling systems and energy efficient lighting. You can find out more about us by visiting our website at http://www.greenleafalternativesolutions.co.za/ or by contacting us at info@leafas.co.za

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