Hydroelectricity is the most common form of renewable energy produced in Canada. The flow of water in rivers produces kinetic energy that can be transformed into usable electric energy.
Prior to the invention of electricity, waterwheels created mechanical power for milling grain, sawing, and for irrigation.
To produce hydroelectricity, water flow is directed to spin a turbine, which is connected to an electric generator and this action generates electricity.
The amount of energy produced from flowing water depends on the amount and speed of the water. Systems Solar works with micro-hydro power designs. This can be as small as a english muffin or even more substantial depending on the need. For example, water flowing through a water-main can power a beacon (to ensure water supply at night) or charge station for your phone or other device.
There’s a lot of talk about rising levels of carbon dioxide these days. So let’s take a quick look at its deadly cousin.
One of the most prominent factors that no one seems to be talking about in climate change is the incredible increase of carbon monoxide (CO) and decrease of oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere in recent years.
Recent studies have found that our atmosphere has the highest amount of carbon monoxide levels in the last 800,000 years and averaging around 411 Parts per Million (ppm). Three years ago, the average levels were 208 ppm, which equates to a 68% increase in just a mere three years. This increase has been documented in the past, however it would taken over 250 years to change this much.
Before 1990, CO levels increased an average of a 0.5% or less increase per year. Since 1990 the average annual rise is 2% or higher. This means that since 1990 there has been more than a 56% increase in carbon monoxide levels.
Next time you consider burning, which is pretty much anything, please remember the carbon monoxide it produces. This can be your vehicle, a woodstove fire, or even electricity that is generated by coal, oil, or natural gas.
Alternative products are renewable technologies like wind and solar panel electric as well as hydrogen fuelled catalytic convertors that produce water as a by-product.
Did you know that renewable energy for your home is more than solar panels?
Did you know that solar heating works in subzero weather?
Did you know that wind turbines are solar powered?
Did you know that there are hydroelectric generators that fit in the palm of your hand?
Do you know to call Systems Solar at +1-604-354-7881?
Now you know!