Change towards a new energy model

At 360Energy we consider that the application of renewable energies simultaneously represents the challenge of a new paradigm, the driving force of change and the opportunity to redefine our bonds with the environment.

Global CO2 Emissions
Source: United States Enviromental Protection Agency


 

  • CO2 Emissions

Energy is the main resource all living beings count on, however, the way in which the man produces and uses energy today is not sustainable: our main energy sources are fossil fuels (petroleum, coal and gas), which are scarce resources, pollutants and are unequally distributed at a geographical level. This situation brings about great environmental, social and economic costs. In spite of this, it is the scheme we have been replicating all over the world for the last 250 years.
For a while now we have become more aware of the need for a change. The effects of pollution in our environment and global warming are warnings that measures must be taken.

Gross Generation of the Argentine Wholesale Electricity Market. January 2016.
Source: CNEA.


 

  • Fossil
  • Hydraulic
  • Nuclear
  • Other renewable energies

Renewable energies are:

CLEAN

ABUNDANT

AUTOCHTHONOUS

  • The sun provides its own energy in the form of light and heat: photovoltaic and thermal solar energy.
  • The sun causes pressure changes, a necessary condition to produce the winds to feed wind energy.
  • Animals and plants use the sun to survive and accumulate their energy in the organic wastes and crops that produce biofuels and biomass.
  • The sun arranges the cycle of water, which is the resource used by hydroelectric energy.
  • The sun influences waves, tides and ocean currents, which are also sources of energy.

The transition towards a new and more diverse energy scene, with a greater contribution of electricity generation from renewable sources represents a strategic goal, which implies: more independence from the hydrocarbon market; contributing to mitigating climate change in a realistic way; developing local employment; improving the distribution and supply for isolated or dispersed populations and all of this without giving up economic growth.
 

Each hour the Earth receives from the Sun as much energy as we use in a whole year worldwide.

Solar Energy: the most plentiful energy resource the planet has.

It is estimated that the energy this star radiates can even cover 10,000 times the current global energy consumption. We can make the most of its radiation to obtain, basically, heat and electricity. Heat is obtained through thermal panels or collectors, and electricity, through photovoltaic modules.

SOLAR ENERGY TRANSFORMED INTO ELECTRICITY

Regarding the conversion of solar energy into electricity, it is done through a photoelectric cell. A photoelectric cell is an electronic device that allows transforming light energy into electric power by the use of a process called photoelectric effect. Light, which comes in the form of photons, impacts on a surface which is nowadays made of silicon mainly. Silicon emits electrons that -when launched- produce an electric current.

SOLAR POWER AS A SOURCE OF HEAT

Much of the solar energy is in the infrared electromagnetic frequency band. This type of energy is easily used by devices that concentrate this heat and transmit it to a liquid – generally water – to be used as an air conditioner. The technology applied to do so is relatively simple and therefore very common in homes.

GLOBAL INVESTMENT

In 2017, 57% of the global investment in renewable energies was directed to the solar power sector.

TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCE

Decrease in the cost of the photovoltaic panel 2010-2017. 

GROWTH

2018. For the first time, the solar photovoltaic sector surpasses 100 gigawatts of new power capacity worldwide.

The sun is the greatest energy supply that humankind has. Even though this energy comes in different intensities, it can be capitalized in any part of the world. An unlimitedly available energy.
Practically all the estimates in matters of energy share the same forecasts regarding the development of renewable energies: in the following decades between 50% and 75% of the global energy demand will be covered by them. The role of solar energy will be essential, as it is estimated that it will represent two thirds of the renewable energies contribution.
Technological advance is another great encouragement on which this kind of power generation counts, with increasingly effective technologies and improvements in production storage, this sector is being strongly boosted by the market.