Blog, Energy

Solar Energy – Use it or Lose it!

FM Director Nik Ashworth continues to delve into the world of Energy and this month looks at current energy issues and solar power.

One of the biggest issues with solar panels a few years ago, and especially in domestic applications, was that you couldn’t use the energy you produced during the day if you were out at work. Batteries and storage were still in early development and there was a real-life scenario where ALL the energy produced went back to the grid, great but counter intuitive for you, as an energy consumer.

solar panels on roof of brown and white concrete house

Solar Energy Storage

With the development of storage technology, we are now breaking new ground in solar usability, meaning you can now use much more of what you produce, when you want it, on-demand, relieving significant pressure on the grid, which in turn creates much-needed grid resilience.

person holding solar battery black and green electronic device

UK Solar Industry

The UK has created it’s own stand alone solar industry and is now free from FIT’s (feed in tariffs), our approach to reducing emissions has not been exemplary but, for a small nation, we have made some great steps to do our part. However, the energy issues we have experienced just in the last few weeks just go to remind us all that far too little investment has been given to our energy infrastructure for far too long, and we run the very real risk of being held to ransom by those countries rich in natural resource.


Energy, COP26 and the Future

Rising CO2 emissions are gaining ever more leverage in the political arena ahead of COP26  in Glasgow, and this a good thing as we all now understand it cannot continue. However, when we look at the global emissions issues, I am afraid it becomes pretty clear where the world needs to focus it’s attention – China and India. When you view the emissions bubble per person across the countries of the world USA, UK and Japan are relatively high, but this is a numbers game and put simply, China and India have vast numbers. These countries since the 1960’s have been building and since the 1 billion population has now been exceeded in both countries, both countries emissions have sky-rocketed well beyond USA and Europe, and they are showing very little sign of slowing down.

Whether we class ourselves responsible for the growth in emissions in these countries because we have been happy for them to be our global workshop for so long now, is open to debate. The time is coming however, when we will have to be more cohesive as a planet in reducing emissions, which will not be an easy pill for anyone to swallow!

Lightbulbs energy measure

Energy – If You Can’t Measure it, You Can’t Manage it!

Before you embark on a major project to reduce energy consumption, do you know where you currently use energy? That is the vital starting point, as RFM’s Client Services Director Mark Flanagan explains.

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