Micro-renewables search on as alternative to fossil fuels


The spotlight is on micro-renewables in residential and commercial applications, thanks to the rapid depletion of fossil fuels. This technology will aid sustainable power production and lower dependency on conventional grid power by improving the competence of energy harvesting systems, without being detrimental to the environment, according to research from Frost & Sullivan.

The residential and industrial sectors are intensifying their search for alternative energy sources to fill the gap left by depleting fossil fuels, and are exploring various methods to utilize waste from farms, gardens, industries, and municipalities to generate petroleum substitutes, heat and electricity.

Some of the solutions being implemented globally include heat pumps, photovoltaics and policy implementation.

The European Union, for example, driven by mandates for the incineration of municipal solid waste, have incentivized the use of heat pumps in technologically advanced incineration plants for a high level of emissions control. The initial investment may be high, but they help cut electricity for space heating or cooling.

Micro-renewables such as solar or wind turbines can be retrofitted in existing buildings and new construction. Second and third generation photovoltaic cells are driving the adoption of building integrated photovoltaics, which reduce building envelop materials by replacing conventional building materials, generate electricity through micro generation, and help lower the building's energy consumption via their insulation providing glass modules.

Indonesia is just one country in Asia that has introduced waste management regulations and standards to regulate hazardous waste disposal, storage and treatment. The Environment Management Act mandates that collected biomass is either incinerated for energy, or sent for anaerobic digestion so combustible gas can be obtained for domestic purposes.

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