An Introduction to Biomass

Biomass, which sometimes is called ‘biofuel’, is a term used to describe any biological material that can be used to produce useable energy. This is true of biological matter that is part of the ‘carbon cycle’ – which stores energy from the sun to use itself either directly (by photosynthesis) or by consuming other creatures. Biomass has been shown to be a highly useful source of energy for going green that is sustainable and has minimal by-products, here we will look at it in a bit more detail. Biomass is a goods source of energy for going green because it is combustible. This means it can be burned which produces heat. That heat then can be used directly to heat installations and properties, or it can be converted into electrical energy and this way used to power household appliances. Most of us will have used biomass at some point in our lives – even if we weren’t aware of it at the time (and particularly if you’re interested in going green). If you’ve ever thrown logs onto a fire for […]

Types of Solar Energy

If you truly want to go green, then it’s a good idea to take it upon yourself to learn the science behind it and the science in particular about alternative sources of energy. By bettering understanding how these work you can stay on top of new developments, and you can choose more carefully which technologies to employ yourself. Solar energy is one of the top considerations for anyone going green and yet many of us know little about it. For instance, one thing that many people don’t know is that there is more than one type of solar energy, and that these work in very different ways. These are: Solar Thermal: Solar thermal energy is the lesser known form of solar energy among those going green. Here it is the heat energy from the sun that is of interest which is used to heat water that can then be employed for various other applications. Solar thermal solar panels utilize panels covered in tiny tubes carrying water. These are then simply heated by the sun before being rerouted to work in […]

How Wind Turbines Work

A wind turbine is a device that harvests wind energy to be converted into electricity for a power grid. Because this is a natural, clean and ‘renewable’ energy source that doesn’t rely on burning fossil fuels, it is a great way for areas to go green and to reduce costs and emissions. If you’ve ever gone on long journeys through the country side, then chances are that you will likely have seen wind turbines at work. They essentially look like huge windmills that are more narrow and much taller and that tend to be out in open fields in large numbers. But how can these wind-mill type structures help us go green? And how can they turn the very wind around us into usable electric energy? Here we will look at the answers to those questions and how wind turbines work their magic. Basically wind contains kinetic energy because it is created by lots of fast moving air particles. These particles exist because after the sun heats the earth, this causes the air touching the ground to heat up and […]