The difference between the energy produced by fossil fuels and renewable sources is the fact that with one, you can store whatever remains unused. If you guessed it was possible with renewable energy, you would be correct. Not only does the transition to renewable energies help you save on operational costs and minimize your carbon footprint, it also, in some cases, serve as additional revenue. Only one question remains: how? Where is unused energy stored and how does that work?
Understanding Energy Storage
Energy storage is defined as the capture of energy produced at one time for later use. A contraption that can store this energy is often called an accumulator or battery. In other cases, it can be referred to as a microgrid. The best way to wrap your mind around energy storage is to think of energy as something that can be tapped precisely when it is needed. For example, consider that your microwave does not need to be powered, well, until it needs to be powered. For all other times, energy can be stored. This is still true at a larger scale. For instance, when electricity has less demand at night (i.e., your office is closed or equipment remains idle), pumped hydro facilities can store the energy for later use.
Most microgrids are connected to the main grid where power is usually produced and distributed. In many cases, microgrids are considered supplementary in case the main grid ever shuts down or loses power. However, this also serves as a place to store excess energy. If you own this grid and find that you produce much more energy than you need, you can sell back some of this energy and make a small profit. For small businesses, it can serve as additional revenue to keep costs lower, and profits higher.
SuperGreen Solutions is equipped to guide your business into a seamless transition to green energy. With numerous benefits specific to your needs, SuperGreen Solutions has the ability to determine which source is best for your demographics (i.e., location, size, operational needs), and help your employees get on board. If you are interested in a microgrid and energy storage, a SuperGreen consultant can assist you. Whether your small business stands alone, is a franchise, or you have multiple locations, SuperGreen Solutions can help you make the switch and work toward ISO 14001 compliance.