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Converting carbon dioxide into baking soda using carbon capture

In Chennai, India, an interesting way to combat rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere is underway. Carbon is being captured using a new process in a coal-fired power plant. This process is being undertaken by a chemical manufacturer known as Tuticorin Alkali Chemicals and Fertilizers and they are using this process to produce soda ash.

In May 2016, a pilot project was carried out by Carbon Clean Solutions Limited (a London-based processing company). The project was successful in producing soda ash. Soda ash is better known as sodium carbonate and it is used for a number of purposes including the creation of sweeteners and the manufacturing of glass while it is also used during the fibreglass insulation process.

Another product of sodium carbonate is baking soda.

According to the CEO of Carbon Cleaning Solutions, their latest project is going to be a game changer especially since the project will not have to rely on any funding from the government, so it is a great model for businesses. And so far it is working well in India, one of the first countries to run this specific project.

Carbon Clean Solutions states that they are able to capture carbon dioxide at a rate of just $30 per metric ton. At that rate, they are able to capture carbon dioxide at a much lower price than what is usual. It is now estimated that each year the project will be able to capture around 60 000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, contributing to the efforts of reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Baking soda is the by-product of this interesting project.
Baking soda is the by-product of this interesting project.

Not a new concept but a more effective one

There were two notable projects that preceded this one:

  • A USA based start-up company was one of the first companies to build a plant that was designed to convert carbon released by a cement company in Texas. Some of the outputs from the factory included baking soda.
  • In 2015, a company based in Germany took the process a step further and used the emissions gathered from carbon capture in the processing of ceramics as well as in the production of plastics and rubber.

However, the project currently underway in India, differs in that it will be the first of its kind to produce baking soda as a by-product of carbon capture. At the Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California, they have developed a small sponge that will use baking soda to do the carbon capture. With this new method, they believe that the carbon capture process will not only be more efficient but will also be much cheaper. The CO2 that is collected through the capture process will be fed into the plant based in Chennai, India. And the plant itself produces no carbon emissions, making its operations and products 100% clean.

In a developing country like India, this is an excellent small business opportunity for the people making it a project that can be replicated in other poorer nations around the world.

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2017’s Interesting Energy Innovations

Just as 2016 was a landmark year for renewable energy, 2017 looks to be even more important for this growing industry. Innovation is going to be the renewable energy trend in 2017 and we are likely to see some very interesting developments that will have the power to change the way that we look at energy. Although change is happening slowly, the world is making a commitment to Going Green more than ever before. We are becoming more educated about the damage that has been inflicted on our planet and we are becoming more aware of the consequences of doing nothing.

One positive that we can take from Going Green is that we are being forced to be creative with our energy and this means that more exciting projects are being developed.

Today, there are plenty of great ideas floating around, waiting to be turned into real-life projects that have the ability to transform all of our lives. There are some ideas that are too risky to consider at the moment, too drastic to implement while there is still time to heal the earth.

But while some ideas are still just concepts and some that are many years away from being developed into a reality, other safer ideas are closer to being realised.

But 2017 is the year that revolutionary ideas that can be put into practice are likely to come to life.

Projects to look out for in 2017

Recycled water

Grey water systems are great for watering gardens and washing cars, but it is of course not safe to drink. Until now, the idea of generating purified water from sewerage sludge has not only been unfeasible but not wholly supported by communities and investors.

When Bill Gates drank the first glass of distilled water using the Omniprocessor, people were sceptical but when looking at the science behind the processor responsible for generating this water, the idea takes on a whole different shape.

Sewer sludge is boiled and the water vapour is removed from the solids. The solids are burned which turns to steam and in turn, helps to generate electricity. This electricity keeps the system functioning without taking power from the grid and any excess power created is sent back into the community. The water vapour is sent into a cleaning system which purifies it into the cleanest water your will ever drink!

This processor is ideal for developing countries that still lack access to clean running water and stable electricity. The small processor can also become an income generating project for developing nations!

Clean water for African communities is becoming a reality, especially with the advancements in 2017
Clean water for African communities is becoming a reality, especially with the advancements in 2017

Carbon capturing cement

The process of replacing the fossil fuels which are being used in infrastructure is a slow one and this is because fossil fuels have a devastatingly long lifespan.

Carbon capture is the process of removing carbon dioxide from the air and reducing the amount of carbon that is a big cause of global warming. This process is guaranteed to change the transitions that the planet is making towards reducing emissions.

While we have already found a way to remove carbon from the smoke release during manufacturing, as well as from the air, it is an expensive process and it needs to be done at a lower cost in order for it to be worthwhile. Then there is also the problem of where the carbon is sent once it has been extracted.

Right now, that place is within the ground. The carbon that is being placed underground is being done to stimulate oil production, which in a way defeats the purpose of removing the carbon in the first place.

But there is now a better idea on the way. CarbonCure is a company that is injecting carbon into cement where it will be isolated and become less harmful to the environment. The cement industry is responsible for around 5% of the global carbon dioxide emissions. While this does reduce the amount of carbon dioxide as a result of production, it does not completely eliminate all of it.

This process is currently being experimented with in an effort to make it profitable and more effective.

Imitation beef

What does meat free beef have to do with renewable energy you ask? Did you know that the beef industry is to blame for huge amounts of carbon emissions? While it might not be everyone’s favourite thing to eat, meat-free beef is a fantastic vegetarian replacement that is supposed to mimic the taste and texture of real meat. While the initial tests have proven this meat is popular in certain circles, it has not yet been introduced to the masses and so there is no proof that it will be competitive in the market.

Taste and price will ultimately be the deciding factor when it comes to whether or not this renewable food option stays relevant in the long run.

Pay as you go solar power

Pay as you go solar power is the next leap in solar energy and it is going to have a wonderfully positive effect on energy for communities without access to national electrical resources.
Pay as you go solar power is the next leap in solar energy and it is going to have a wonderfully positive effect on energy for communities without access to national electrical resources.

Again, 2017 will be the year in which solar power will take the centre stage in the ongoing struggle to ensure that renewable energy is effective. The people will always come first when it comes to renewable energy and it is more important that people and the environment benefit before there is a profit.

Azuri Technologies is a company that has worked out how to affordably provide solar power to homes that are off the grid in Africa, and they have come up with a way that is beneficial. Charging a small amount, a family can have a basic solar power unit that will be enough to power two lights and to charge a mobile device. To keep the unit functioning, the family will need to purchase credits although the price that they will pay will be far lower than they would normally spend on kerosene for lighting. The family will save on energy costs and 18 months after paying for their units, they will own their system.

And, this system has already been proven to work in 11 sub-Saharan Africa and has also won awards. This pay as you go system is bridging the gap between the grid and those who have no access to it, which means that people no longer have to wait for power to come to them. These households are skipping ahead, avoiding the conventional use of electricity and immediately benefitting from having solar energy.

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What to expect from solar systems in 2017

The past few years have been hugely successful for solar power. Homes and businesses alike have benefited from having solar systems installed, and the environment has benefited from the use of this clean energy. The industry itself has seen a massive drop in the price of solar panels, even though the community has not been completely supportive.

But what many people don’t know, is that in 2016 solar panels became cheaper to use than fossil fuels.

As with any renewable technology, there were bound to be a few setbacks when solar power first became a reality, but even with the few setbacks, solar power has soared ahead to remain one of the most popular sources of Green energy.

In more than 30 countries, solar and wind power became cheaper than fossil fuels in 2016, according to a report released by the World Economic Forum in 2017. And as prices for solar power continue to plummet, it is estimated that in 2017 more than two-thirds of nations on the planet will have “grid-parity” which means there will be a drop in the completely relying on fossil fuels.

“Renewable energy has reached a tipping point,” Michael Drexler, who leads infrastructure and development investing at the WEF, said in a statement. “It is not only a commercially viable option but an outright compelling investment opportunity with long-term, stable, inflation-protected returns.”

But while the support for solar power will continue to grow in 2017, investment from the rest of the globe is still not what it should be. This means that there are not enough investments coming in to avoid the looming global energy crisis. Only 25% of the investment amount decided upon at the Paris Climate Change Accord has been paid and because many of the barriers preventing the payments from being made are politically motivated, overcoming this barrier will take time and policy changes. Other factors preventing the money from being paid over include economic setbacks such as contracts not being standardised and the lack of a steady track record, drawn up by financial institutions, which needs to in place to reassure the investors.

Although this may be seen as a setback in 2017, the lowering of prices for solar power will triumph in the end, especially as solar power looks set to outperform all forms of fossil fuel energy within the next decade.

There are promising developments for solar systems in 2017
There are promising developments for solar systems in 2017

 

Solar power developments in 2017

The development of solar panels and their accompanying systems are set to go into overdrive in 2017, as we see the development of solar panels embrace technology in ways that it has not previously been seen. Solar panels are also set to become more energy efficient.

At Cambridge University, experimental physicist Sam Stranks has been trying to develop ways to make solar power less expensive to harvest and more efficient once it has been collected. His idea is to place a mineral layer of perovskite onto the solar cell which will be used to boost the efficiency of the cell.

According to Stranks, “We could take a silicon solar panel with a lab record efficiency of converting sunlight to electricity of 25 percent, add a perovskite layer, and boost the power generation by a fifth,” says the 31-year-old. “For a solar cell, the maximum efficiency is around 30 per cent – but with one of these perovskite ‘tandem’ layers it could go up to around 50 per cent.”

This is a wonderfully positive development and if it becomes successful and enjoys widespread popularity, it could become one of the important developments in solar power in 2017.

In 2017, the solar industry also hopes to see more commercial businesses transitioning towards renewable energy. There are many businesses who are serious about only using renewable energy. Take for instance Google. Just last year Google announced that they would be relying 100% on Green Energy and Green Energy initiatives in 2017. They are not the only corporate giant who is making this commitment to the planet.

2017 will be filled with new opportunities to change the way that you access and harness electricity. At Green Leaf Alternative Solutions, we can supply Green systems such as solar systems, grey water systems and LED lighting which will help you to make your own commitment towards a Greener future.

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2017 might be the year that solar power becomes cheaper than coal

2017 is already shaping up to be an interesting year, especially in the renewable energy industry. One of the reasons that this year is going to make a memorable impact is because it is predicted that in some countries, renewable energy, solar power, in particular, is set to become cheaper than burning coal.

This could be the biggest turning point in Green energy history!

In December 2016, the World Economic Forum announced that solar energy and wind energy have become the same price as coal and, in some instances, the price of renewable energy has dropped below that of coal.

“In an increasingly larger number of countries, it has become more economical to install solar and wind capacity than coal capacity,” the WEF report stated.

While South Africa is making great strides towards changing over to renewable energy, in 2016 it was countries like Chile and the United Arab Emirates, that broke new records.  These countries were able to generate electricity using solar power for less than 3 cents a kilowatt, which is half of the average global cost of energy generated from coal.

This year other nations are aiming to drop prices even lower, with Jordan and Mexico being just two of the countries that are using auctions and tenders to drop prices.  Companies in Europe, which have already proven that their techniques for dropping prices using renewable energy have worked, are reaching out to new markets in new countries in the hope of sharing their expertise.

Solar prices have been dropping since 2009, with more affordable materials and more effective techniques being used to generate electricity using sun energy.  In fact, since 2009, solar prices have dropped by up to 62%. This price lowering has had a far-reaching effect on other areas of the construction industry.

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, by 2025 we could very well see a global-scale drop in solar power, pushing coal prices higher than solar energy prices.

“These are game-changing numbers, and it’s becoming normal in more and more markets,” said Adnan Amin, International Renewable Energy Agency’s director general, an Abu Dhabi-based intergovernmental group. “Every time you double capacity, you reduce the price by 20 percent.”

The renewable energy industry is set to grow in 2017, with prices dropping around the world.
The renewable energy industry is set to grow in 2017, with prices dropping around the world.

Change is coming

While this is a fantastic development and a victory for renewable energy, the world will not be ready to completely break away from fossil fuels in 2017.  Even with lower prices infrastructure still needs to be put in place on a larger scale. The complete changeover is going to take many years to accomplish and in the meantime, the focus will be on reducing just how much we rely on non-renewable energy.

But technology is changing and developing all the time, so the change will come sooner rather than later. Scientists are always working on the next best techniques to shake up the bustling industry. Some examples of new technology being used to benefit the solar industry include using diamond wire saws that are more efficient to cut the wafers (exceptionally thin semiconductor material) and manufacturing cells that are able to store more energy from the sun.

Today, the Green energy is inching its way towards being an equal competitor in the energy industry. This comes after almost a decade of commercial solar energy and numerous advancements and developments.

2017 is going to be a remarkable year for solar power and this year will hopefully be a precursor year to more exceptional developments.

You can equip your home or business with solar technology from Green Leaf Alternative Solutions. We have a selection of solar systems including solar panels suitable for a variety of building structures. Contact us or browse our website to find out more about how you can Go Green.

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Make 2017 your Greenest year yet in 7 Simple steps

It just takes a few simple lifestyle changes to turn your world Green. While installing solar panels or energy efficient air conditioning in your home or business, you can make a remarkable difference in how much you spend each month, but there are also a few other things you can do.

7 Easy Ways to help the environment

  1. Walk or cycle

If you are lucky enough to live and/or work close to shops, you might want to consider cutting back on the amount of driving you do and instead opt to walk or cycle. In South Africa, we are not exactly living in cities that are planned in such a way that walking or cycling is always a viable option but if you can use your feet instead of your tyres, this simple method to Go Green is not only going to help the environment but it is also going to benefit your health!

  1. Use your reusable bags

When South African shops stopped providing plastic bags for free when purchasing products, many of us invested in reusable bags. But how many of us still remember to take them when we shop. Normally, we end up buying plastic bags, something that we could completely avoid. Instead of paying for a plastic bag every time you shop, make a habit of actually using your reusable bags. Not buying plastic bags is the environmentally friendly option.

  1. Drink water wisely

Buying bottled water is a trend that has truly exploded these last few years and with it has come millions of plastic bottles. If you want to help the planet and reduce your own carbon footprint, you might want to rethink buying that bottle of water. By not buying bottled water you will be helping to reduce the amount of plastic waste that can be found in landfills throughout the world. If you are still concerned about the purity of the water you are consuming, you can always install a water filtration system in your home and store purified water in glass bottles or environmentally safe reusable plastic water bottles.

Water can be stored and collected wisely
Water can be stored and collected wisely
  1. Stainless steel straws

Do you or your family use straws on a daily basis? The amount of plastic that is thrown away in the form of used straws is quite phenomenal but when you choose to use stainless steel straws you can reduce your carbon footprint. These straws can be carried around with you and they can be used for all of your favourite drinks. Stainless steel straws are safe to use and easy to keep clean.

  1. Plant a garden

Adding some greenery to your home is one of the best ways to create a calming atmosphere while contributing to a healthier environment. Unfortunately, not all homes have the space to have the kind of garden you’d like, but even a few plants on a window sill can make a difference in your home. You can buy low maintenance pot plants to absorb carbon dioxide and release clean oxygen. You will definitely notice the difference in your home with a few pot plants.

  1. Cut back on your shower time

If you are already showering instead of running a bath, you are saving water. But the size of the difference you make depends greatly on the amount of time that you spend in your shower. The average shower can use as much as 10 litres of water for every minute that you shower. So it makes sense that if you want to live a Greener life, you should spend a minimal amount of time in the shower. 5 minutes is the perfect amount of time, and by playing a 5-minute long song, you can start or end your day on a high!

  1. Commit to recycling

Making the decision to recycle is easy, committing to doing it is something else. Many of us want to help the planet by recycling, but few of us are able to fully commit to recycling everything that can be put through the various recycling processes. This year you can add one or two extra bins in your home or business, label them glass or plastic (or whatever you’d like to recycle) and then place your rubbish in the relevant bins.

With our Green solutions, you can make a difference in 2017
With our Green solutions, you can make a difference in 2017

You can Go Green in 2017 by using these really simple ideas. If you are building in 2017 or renovating, and you want to make a serious, long-term commitment to the environment, then you can always work with Green Leaf Alternative Solutions. We supply the best quality solar systems, LED lighting, energy efficient air conditioning and grey water systems in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

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3 clever ideas every country can implement to combat climate change

This year has been a record one in terms of climate change. Many of the records broken have been a terrible example of how the climate is changing.  However, there have been many positive developments in the fight against climate change. In 2016, we have seen some of the highest investments made towards using clean energy.

Climate change is a very real and scary reality, and more and more people are being affected by it as the temperature changes across the globe.

We cannot escape climate change but we can change the way that we handle it and perhaps even reverse some of the damage already done and slow the process.

The shift to using clean, renewable energy has been phenomenal, even if it doesn’t make the headlines as often as it should.  In this year alone, over half a million solar panels have been installed every day, while China, one of the world’s biggest polluters, has focused on building wind farms as an alternative way to generate power.  Around the world, more countries have been building solar farms and wind farms to provide people with clean renewable energy.

Although the change has been slow, with previous years not showing as much progress as seen in 2016, the change is happening.  The world can and will truly benefit, by following the example of those who have come before them.  The effort has been put into creating a Greener, cleaner environment for every person.

We are not just changing the methods that we have depended on for the longest time to create and use electricity, we are attempting to change the very air itself.  Around the world, there have been a number of interesting initiatives to bring renewable energy to the people, at affordable prices. These are just a few of the ideas that have the ability to be replicated and used to benefit numerous communities.

Leading by example, these are the ideas that can be replicated

  1. Ban all fossil fuels

It might seem like an almost impossible task, but many European countries have been considering an outright ban on the use of fossil fuels. This is a harsh decision to make, seeing that there are numerous communities in countries throughout the world that rely heavily on the mining of fossil fuels as a source of income.

Coal was once an important and unavoidable necessity in the production of electricity and petrol. Coal was the force behind the industrial revolution. Today, however, there are numerous alternatives and these alternatives are designed to assist in correcting the damaged caused by climate change. Other countries have taken to reducing fossil fuels by changing the way that fuel is made. While this might be considered to be a small step towards banning all fossil fuels, it is a step that every country can make.

A complete ban of fossil fuels is one of the more drastic steps a country can make.
A complete ban of fossil fuels is one of the more drastic steps a country can make.

Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway have all voted to ban the use of fossil fuels in petrol within the next ten years.

The UK, the Netherlands, Canada and places in the USA have taken the ban on fossil fuels much further by creating plans that will see the coal industry take a drastic knock.

  1. More focus on efficiency

Often we rely on fossil fuels instead of making sure that we have created and built efficient buildings.  Insulation is a big factor in the colder nations around the world.  When the harsh and icy winter months arrive, more energy is used to keep places warm.  However, with better insulation and more efficient technology to keep spaces warm, energy can be saved.  Reinforcing and retrofitting buildings and homes can make a dramatic impact on the amount of energy used.  In 2014, the EU introduced measures to reinforce insulation and managed to save enough power, equivalent to keeping the whole of Finland powered.

  1. Introducing a carbon tax

Carbon tax is one of the ways that climate change can be tackled, and every country can use this method.  Carbon tax is a tax that is levied on the amount of carbon found in fuels.  Many countries are looking to introduce this tax as a way to combat climate change while many have already introduced such taxes.

Carbon is found in every type of fuel including petrol and coal, and once burned it pollutes the environment and contributes to the ongoing climate change.

Carbon tax has social as well as economic benefits and works well when a government is trying to enforce a climate policy.  In South Africa, we already pay an additional tax whenever we buy a new car.

Each of these three ideas is easy to do in countries around the world and each has already shown to have a remarkable impact on the amount of carbon let into the atmosphere.

Green Leaf Alternative Solutions is a Green energy company providing solar panels, solar geysers and other alternative energy options to those who are determined to Go Green. Based in Johannesburg, our solar systems, energy efficient air conditioning and water management systems can help in the struggle against climate change.

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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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The top 5 renewable energy options for the future

Alternative energy is the way of the future.  Alternative energy is the term for any energy that is not traditionally produced.  Solar power, hydropower and wind power are all forms of electricity production that are considered to be alternative.

A few years from now, the way that we produce electricity will have drastically changed.

Did you know that the fossil fuels we rely on for energy production will start running out 50 years from now?

Burning fuels as a means to produce energy has greatly contributed to the climate change and general pollution within the atmosphere. Using alternative energy means that there will be far less pollution, allowing the Earth time to restore itself to a healthier state.

Here are the 5 best alternative power solutions available to us:

Energy from beneath the surface

Safe alternative energy doesn’t only come from solar power.  While our minds tend to think of solar energy first, few people realise that energy can come from beneath the surface of the Earth as well. Geothermic energy is exceptionally sustainable and it won’t cause a negative impact on the environment in a way that other energy production methods are known to.  Far beneath the surface of the Earth, which is far hotter than the Sun, this heat will be used to produce electricity. The heat from within the Earth is a wonderful heating source that is able to provide heat to homes while it also heats water which moves turbines to generate power.

This form of electricity production is low cost for the consumer but is not necessarily considered to be completely renewable as it is unknown whether or not the heat can be used up.

Energy from above

Every renewable energy article will include solar power as a form of alternative energy.  Solar power takes the energy from the Sun and converts it into electricity that can be used in homes and businesses.  Energy from the sun is completely renewable and with advancements being made each year, the harnessing of this power is only going to become more and more efficient.

This form of electricity can be a bit pricey with the initial set up but thereafter a consumer is going to see massive savings.

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Solar power remains once of the most popular and sought after renewable energy options. This technology is likely to advance in the coming years.
Solar power remains once of the most popular and sought after renewable energy options. This technology is likely to advance in the coming years.

Energy from living things

Have you ever heard of biomass? All sources of biomass come from living things such as plants.  One form of this system of electricity production involves removing energy from plants and microorganisms that use this energy as their food.  Biomass energy has been used since man could make fire, as wood is a biofuel. The other form of biomass is related to landfills.  But the most common forms of biomass currently being manufactured include methane and biodiesel which can be derived from landfills.

The downside is that the fuel needs to be burned before it can be used, which means that there is a fair amount of pollution, however, this is still considered a sustainable source of power.

Energy from water

Hydroelectric power is another of the most renewable sources of energy on the planet and it works when kinetic energy from moving water is converted into electricity. The water moves through a turbine which in turn spins a generator and creates power. This process is common in areas with dams and moving rivers, and it can provide enough power to keep large areas going. It is said to be one of the most successful forms of renewable energy and continues to be popular around the world.

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Water has always been a life source. These days it is also a reliable source of electricity production.
Water has always been a life source. These days it is also a reliable source of electricity production.

Energy from the wind

The final source of renewable energy is also one of the fastest growing methods: energy from the wind. In areas where there is limited sunshine or very few big dams or fast flowing rivers, wind farms have become a suitable replacement. The wind spins the blades of the turbines which then spin a generator and electricity is created.

This form is affordable but can be a bit of an eyesore since the only way to produce a sufficient amount of power is by having a sort of wind farm. The upside is that this energy is 100% renewable.

The future of electricity lies with renewable energy and with these kinds of methods that will eventually be used on a large scale. But for now, there are ways that you can generate your own electricity. Think about investing in solar systems to keep your home or business running at minimum costs.  Green Leaf Alternative Solutions provides highly efficient solar technology, designed to harness the renewable power of the sun and other elements. You can contact us today or visit our website for more details.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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Why you should Go Green!

One of the biggest motivating factors for South Africans to go Green last year was undoubtedly load shedding.  It was something that everyone suffered with, and it was the motivating factor that pushed many of us to start seriously looking at Green Alternative Solutions.  However, while South Africans were busy buying into alternative energy solutions because of load shedding, the rest of the world had already started the process of turning their homes and businesses into renewable energy havens.  South Africans are actually just playing a catch-up game to the rest of the world!

Load shedding, which seems to have come and gone is certainly not the only reason why South Africans should be thinking Green.  Exchanging energy that relies on fossil fuels, for energy that is generated cleanly, is something that the entire world needs to do, for the sake of future generations to come.  Renewable energy is the way of the future, and if we want to have a healthy future in a clean, liveable environment, then we all need to do our part in finding energy sources that are not going to harm the planet.

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By using Green energy you are contributing to a cleaner planet for everyone.
By using Green energy you are contributing to a cleaner planet for everyone.

10 great reasons to Go Green!

A quick online google search will spill out hundreds of sources, some of them from the experts, telling you exactly why you need to think about going Green.  The change is happening all over the world and not only will we enjoy the benefits of environmentally friendly power right here and now, but we will also be leaving a better world behind for future generations.

Here are 10 great reasons to go Green!

  • You can increase the value on your home or business

Green energy is cheaper energy and when you have equipped your home or business to be Green, you are going to be increasing the value of your home because of that money saving factor.  You will save money!

In addition to this, Eskom rates are increasing each year, leaving South Africans to pay out more money on their electricity each year.  Once you start seeing the return on your investment from going Green, you will notice how much money you are actually saving.

  • Improve your health and the health of those around you

Become part of the group of people who are making the air cleaner. The more people investing in Green technology means better air for all and less illness.

  • Start saving on your water bill

If you are really committed to Greener living, you should also have a look at plumbing systems that will help you to save water.  Water shedding is likely to become a part of South Africa’s future as the effects of the drought take hold, so it is a good time to think about water harvesting.

  • You are investing in the future

Global Warming and all of the other damage that has been caused by burning fossil fuels is going a long way towards damaging and even destroying the futures of our children. By making a commitment to going Green, you will be investing in the future of the planet and helping to create a future of your children.

  • Become self-sufficient

When you install solar geysers and solar panels, you are immediately taking away your dependency on the national power supply. Becoming self-sufficient is very important for you and your family. You will be thankful for installing Green technology the next time there is an electricity crisis.

  • Productivity boosting factor

Each time someone invests in renewable energy resources, they are contributing to a healthier environment.  When we live in healthy environments, we suffer from fewer illnesses.  It might seem like common sense but it is something that many of us have overlooked.  A healthier nation is a more productive, and happier, one.

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Homes can be altered to have the capacity to harness Green energy.
Homes can be altered to have the capacity to harness Green energy.
  • Be the one who sets the example

Once you have installed your solar panels, your neighbours are bound to take an interest. And with them seeing what you are doing, it can contribute to a dialogue about sustainable energy or perhaps even be enough to encourage them to follow your example and also go Green. Become a leader in the Green revolution!

  • Start recycling

Recycling is a big part of going Green. Plastic and glass are easily recyclable and you will find places all over your town where you can deposit your recyclables. You can also recycle your old papers, including newspapers and magazines. Every little bit helps, and your recycling contribution is going to have an impact.

  • Renewable energy is free

While the initial set up to produce your renewable energy is going to require a financial investment, there are no costs involved in producing your electricity when you are using solar power.  The energy from the sun is 100% free, and anyone can convert it with the right equipment.

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With Africa's abundance of sun energy, solar power is an affordable source of power that will benefit the continent.
With Africa’s abundance of sun energy, solar power is an affordable source of power that will benefit the continent.

Think of going Green as your new start in life.  Most of us have grown up with conventional electricity and have gotten used to this way of providing power to our homes.  When you are transforming your home to use renewable power, you are changing the way that your children are going to be looking at electricity.  By going Green, you will also be changing the way that you think about the normal everyday things that we do, such as throwing away items that could have actually been recycled.

Green Leaf Alternative Energy Solutions has created affordable solutions for South Africans looking to purchase Green technology to transform their homes, and ultimately their lives.  Not only will we provide you with an affordable energy saving, we also provide expert advice!  Contact us today!  www.greenleafas.co.za  info@greenleafas.co.za[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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Solar airplane set to change the way we see solar power

In case you missed the latest news dominating the technology headlines recently, the first solar powered airplane has circled the globe and recently, successfully completed its final journey to the United Arab Emirates. The Solar Impulse 2 has been on an interesting journey that has captured the attention of the Green community while sending a powerful message to the rest of the world about solar power.

The idea of building and launching an airplane built to solely use solar power comes from two of the biggest pioneering minds. They have achieved their goals and have created the world’s first solar-powered airplane, and to prove the impossible they have taken it on a flight around the globe, all to create awareness for the solar power cause.

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are the two masterminds and their first “around the world flight” using only solar power is going to change things in the aviation industry.  An airplane that uses no fuel; the Solar impulse 2 is proof that such goals can be achieved.  Not just in the aviation industry but in other industries as well.

A journey to a cleaner world

The flight broke records when it flew for 5 days and 5 nights without fuel, and the global round trip ended in the sun-drenched United Arab Emirates.  This is the first step in proving that in the future everyone could be using solar power for flights.  It is no longer an eccentric idea but rather a reality! There are no limits to where this technology could be taken in the future.  Solar power is the way to go as it is essentially clean energy that emits no harmful gasses or requires fuels made from non-renewable sources.

Just a few years ago, solar powered airplanes would not have been as much as entertained on the drawing board.  However, thanks to ongoing development and passion this vision has come alive! Developing the right technology is exceptionally important to create the kind of world where solar power can be something used on a much larger scale.

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Flying, as we know it, requires plenty of fuel. Aircraft using solar power will require no fuel and leave no pollution, paving the way for clean air travel.
Flying, as we know it, requires plenty of fuel. Aircraft using solar power will require no fuel and leave no pollution, paving the way for clean air travel.

About the solar powered airplane

Solar Impulse 2 had immense financial backing from the legendary Piccard Family.  For three generations this family has been involved in financing exploration.  At the forefront of their innovative personalities, there has always been a concern for the environment.

The latest innovator in the Piccard family teamed up with an incredible entrepreneurial mind to bring the Solar Impulse 2 to life.  Bertrand Piccard, Andre Borschberg, and a highly skilled team came together to turn what was once a dream into reality.

The solar power airplane has been almost 20 years in the making. With the idea launched in 1999, the first prototype was built between 2007 and 2009, after years of planning, research and financing. In 2010 it lifted off and many test flights were undertaken before the trip around the world was undertaken.

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The future of solar power is looking bright.
The future of solar power is looking bright.

 

Why solar power?

There might be a few renewable energy choices out there these days, but solar power still comes out on top every time.  Why? Well after the initial set up and cost output, solar power is extremely cost effective.

Like solar geysers and solar panels found on the roofs of many homes, machinery can be similarly fit with the technology that will be used to produce solar driven power.  Why use fossil fuels to power homes and industries when solar energy is available?  Why use diesel or petrol when cars can be powered in a more environmentally friendly way?  Solar power has a lot of potential, and this flight around the world is certainly paving the way towards other solar developments and innovations.

Greenleaf Alternative Solutions is an innovative renewable energy company based in Gauteng, South Africa. Providing solar geysers, solar lights, solar panels, water recycling solutions, energy efficient air conditioners and home automation for the home as well as for the commercial sector, Greenleaf has built a reputation for being a reliable company in the field of Green technology.

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