Here are some leading companies that are serious about Green Energy – Part II of IV

June 1st, 2011

Today’s post is by Mark Davis; Vice President of Operations and CTO at SafeSourcing. Mark asks "As companies shift focus to improving workforce management how will they get creative with their sourcing to achieve better results?"

In Part I of this blog series we covered a brief summary of two common types of Green Energy, biogas and biomass.  In today’s blog we will be looking to review three other common and widely used forms of green energy.

Solar power– Solar technology generally refers to the conversion of light into electricity using solar or photovoltaic cells, however there is much more to it than that making it one of the most promising green energy sources for the future. While it is true that the amount of energy that reaches the planet surface every year is twice the amount of energy we will ever produce from all of the non-renewable natural resources combined, solar technology is also being used as a source of natural lighting in businesses to save electricity and as a heating source to naturally heat water. 

Wind power– Wind power is creating by harnessing the energy generated from giant turbines that are moved by wind power.  Many countries around the world are employing the technology, and large scale wind farms have successfully been used in countries such as Denmark, Portugal and Spain deriving more than 15% of their total energy from wind. While worldwide, wind power generates a relatively low amount of the total energy consumed, this number is growing very quickly every year with 9 of the top 10 Green Energy companies in the U.S. using wind power in some manner.

Hydropower – Similar to wind power in that a force is being used to turn giant turbines that create electricity, hydropower uses the force of moving water to do the turning as opposed to wind.  Used in some form for decades, over 20% of the world’s energy is derived from hydropower and over 75% of the renewable energy used. Rivers, tides, and dams provide the bulk of the force used to create this type of energy which reduces emissions typical of fossil fuel power plants and can easily be regulated to meet power demands as needed.  Countries such as Paraguay produce 100% of their electricity from dams exporting 90% of what they produce to other nearby countries.

For more information about how you can partner with companies that are involved with using these types of technologies for your sourcing needs please contact a SafeSourcing customer service representative today.

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