What Role Does Manufacturing Play In Renewable Energy?
Manufacturing is a vital component of the renewable energy sector. The process helps support renewable energy technologies’ growth, innovation, and cost-effectiveness while contributing to job creation, economic development, and environmental sustainability.
What Is Renewable Energy?
First things first, what is renewable energy? Renewable energy refers to energy derived from sources that are naturally replenished or renewed at a human timescale. Unlike fossil fuels, renewable energy sources can be refilled indefinitely, making them a sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative.
Common Renewable Energy Sources
There are several common renewable energy sources, but we’ll review the ones you’ll likely see pop up in the manufacturing industry.
The name gives it away, but solar energy comes from the sun’s radiation. It can be converted into electricity using solar panels or utilized for heating purposes through solar thermal systems.
Wind energy is generated through, you guessed it, the power of the wind through wind turbines. Using kinetic energy, the moving air is converted into electricity.
Hydroelectric power is derived from the gravitational potential energy of water. Think about the pull of Niagara Falls for this one. For this power, the energy is captured from flowing or falling water by using turbines and generators in dams or run-of-river systems.
Geothermal energy utilizes the heat from within the Earth’s crust. This energy involves tapping underground hot water or steam reservoirs to generate electricity or provide heating and cooling.
Biomass energy is derived from organic matter, such as plant material, agricultural waste, and dedicated energy crops. It can be used for heating, electricity generation, or as biofuels for transportation.
This one is specific to Earth’s oceans. The energy is obtained from the moon’s and the sun’s gravitational pull on the oceans. Tidal turbines or barrages capture the kinetic energy of tidal currents and convert it into electricity.
Advantages Of Renewable Energy Sources
Renewable energy sources have several advantages and as we move through 2023, we continue to see the want for green technology to help improve our lives. Renewable energy sources have many benefits, including:
- Producing little to no greenhouse gas emissions
- Reducing reliance on fossil fuels
- Contributing to mitigating climate change
- Enhancing energy security
- Providing decentralized energy solutions
Each renewable energy source has its own advantages, limitations, and considerations. The whole mix of renewable energy sources varies depending on geographic location, available resources, and technological advancements.
Manufacturing Renewable Energy Products
Let’s get to it! Manufacturing plays a crucial role in producing various renewable energy technologies. Here are some examples of renewable energy technologies that are manufactured and yes, you can be sure, that Dimar Manufacturing plays a role in the production:
Solar panels are manufactured using various materials, such as silicon-based photovoltaic cells. It’s a lot to take in, but the manufacturing process involves assembling the cells into modules, encapsulating them in protective materials, and connecting them with wiring to form solar panels. Dimar doesn’t specifcally make these panels, but we do manufacture the enclosures and parts to ensure everything is in working order.
Wind turbines are manufactured using fabrication. Parts like the tower, nacelle, rotor blades, and other components are assembled and installed to create complete wind turbines for onshore or offshore wind farms.
Hydroelectric turbines are manufactured to harness the energy of flowing or falling water. The manufacturing process involves producing the turbine components, including the rotor, stator, runner, and other parts assembled into a complete turbine system.
Geothermal Heat Pumps
Geothermal heat pumps are manufactured systems that utilize the Earth’s natural heat for heating and cooling applications. The manufacturing process involves producing the heat pump units, including the compressor, heat exchanger, controls, and casing installed in buildings.
Biomass boilers are manufactured to produce heat to burn organic materials, such as wood pellets, agricultural residues, or dedicated energy crops. The manufacturing process involves fabricating the boiler unit, combustion chamber, fuel feeding system, and emission control mechanisms.
Tidal Energy Converters
Tidal energy converters are manufactured devices used to capture the energy of tidal currents. The manufacturing process involves producing the turbine or rotor systems, generator units, support structures, and mooring systems, which are then deployed in tidal energy projects.
Energy Storage Systems
Energy storage systems, such as lithium-ion batteries, flow batteries, and compressed air energy storage, are manufactured to store excess energy generated from renewable sources. Manufacturing involves producing battery cells, control systems, enclosures, and safety mechanisms.
These are just a few examples of renewable energy technologies that are manufactured. Manufacturing ensures these technologies’ availability, quality, and efficiency, enabling widespread adoption and integration into energy systems.
Need A Renewable Energy Product Manufactured?
Dimar Manufacturing has you covered! We fabricate many components used in the renewable energy space, known as green technology. Contact us today to request your custom quote.