Renewable energy Dublin, often referred to as clean energy, comes from natural resources or processes that are constantly being replenished. For example, the sun or wind continues to shine and blow, although their availability depends on the weather and climate.
While renewable energy is often seen as a new technology, harnessing nature’s energy has long been used for heating, transportation, lighting and more.
A renewable energy source means sustainable energy – something that never runs out or is inexhaustible, like the sun. When you hear the term “alternative energy” it usually also refers to renewable energy sources. This means alternative energy sources to the most commonly used non-renewable resources – like coal.
Nuclear energy is non-renewable energy but decarbonized(1), which means that its production emits little or almost no CO2, just like renewable energies. Nuclear power has a stable source which means it is not dependent on the weather and will play an important role in bringing Ireland to net zero status.All of our plans are backed by zero-carbon electricity(1), and if you decide to switch to us, you can now do your part to achieving the net zero target.
Sunlight is one of our planet’s most abundant and freely available energy resources. The amount of solar energy reaching the Earth’s surface in one hour is greater than the planet’s total energy requirements for an entire year. Although it sounds like a perfect renewable energy source, the amount of solar energy we can harness depends on the time of day, season, and geographic location. Solar energy is becoming increasingly popular in the UK to supplement your energy consumption. Find out if this is right for you by reading our guide to solar power.
Wind is an abundant source of clean energy. Wind farms are an increasingly familiar sight in the UK, with wind energy making an increasingly important contribution to the national electricity grid. To generate electricity from wind energy, turbines are used to drive generators, which then feed electricity into the national grid. While home or “off-grid” generation systems are available, not all features are appropriate for a home wind turbine.
As a renewable energy source, hydropower is one of the most commercially developed. By building a dam or barrier, a large reservoir can be used to create a controlled flow of water that drives a turbine and generates electricity. This source of energy can often be more reliable than sun or wind (especially with tides rather than rivers) and also allows electricity to be stored for consumption during peak demand. Like wind power, hydropower can be more viable as a commercial energy source in certain situations (depending on its type and relative to other energy sources), but depending on the type of property it can be used for domestic “off-grid” generation.
This is another form of hydroelectric power that uses twice-daily tidal currents to power turbine generators. Although the tidal flow is not constant, unlike some other hydroelectric sources, it is highly predictable and can therefore compensate for periods of low tidal flow.
By harnessing natural heat beneath the earth’s surface, geothermal energy can be used directly to heat homes or generate electricity. Although it harnesses a force beneath our feet, geothermal energy is of negligible importance in the UK compared to countries like Iceland where geothermal energy is much more freely available.
This is the conversion of solid fuel from plant matter into electricity. Although biomass is essentially the burning of organic material to generate electricity, it is now a much cleaner and more energy efficient process. By transforming agricultural, industrial and household waste into solid, liquid and gaseous fuels, biomass generates electricity at a much lower economic and environmental cost.
Generates No Emissions: Generating electricity from fossil fuels causes a lot of greenhouse gas emissions. In the United States, electricity generated from fossil fuels accounts for 27% of all greenhouse gas emissions. This includes not only carbon dioxide, but also methane, nitrous oxide and greenhouse gases. With renewable energy, the environmental benefits are clear: Electricity from renewable sources such as solar panels and wind turbines produces no emissions and no air pollution.
Lowers Your Carbon Footprint: We’re all more aware of how our actions impact on the environment. It’s more than just straws and sea turtles. From the clothes we buy and the food we eat to the electricity that powers family movie night, almost every choice we make affects the environment. We just might not be aware of it. Those everyday decisions make up your carbon footprint, a metric used to calculate your environmental impact. As you might have guessed, using energy from renewable sources in your home lowers your carbon footprint by “offsetting” or replacing the need for fossil fuel emissions with zero-emissions energy sources like wind and solar.
Thus, rethinking your home’s energy source is a major way to reduce your carbon footprint. The energy industry verifies electricity as legitimately renewable through certificates of authenticity called renewable energy credits. Not only do we use these at vehicle to confirm that your electricity is 100% renewable, but we also create our own certificates because we own our photovoltaic solar farm. It’s really a win-win.
Reduces Harmful Air Pollutants: When fossil fuels are burned to generate electricity, they react with oxygen to form nitrogen oxides or NOx, a dangerous greenhouse gas. Not only can this gas cause smog and acid rain, it also reacts chemically to create ground-level ozone, a harmful air pollutant. Stratospheric ozone – also called the ozone layer – protects us from the sun’s harmful UV rays. However, ground-level or ground-level ozone can cause several health problems, including:
inflammation of the airways
Decreased lung function
damaged lung tissue
Ground-level ozone is created by the combination of heat, sunlight, and volatile organic compounds – particularly man-made chemicals used and produced in the manufacture of paints, pharmaceuticals, and refrigerants.
Renewable energy sources do not release nitrogen oxides when generating electricity. So not only does renewable energy emit zero greenhouse gases, it also reduces your carbon footprint and helps offset the need for fossil fuels, which can contribute to excessive air pollution in urban areas.