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Alternative and Renewable Energy

SEA will evaluate your needs and equipment to determine which alternative and renewable energy solutions will provide preferred cost savings over a reasonable amount of time.

Through the use of alternative and renewable energy sources, SEA can assist clients in determining the best option for use of alternative and renewable energy, including converting to use different sources of energy and providing alternative offsite storage and management, as well as determining alternative and standby fuel pricing.

Alternative and Renewable Energy Services

  • Bioenergy
    Bioenergy is defined as renewable energy derived from any organic material, excluding coal or petroleum. The term “biomass” refers to the organic materials that are the source of bioenergy. When biomass is burned, the chemical energy inside the organic materials is released as heat. This heat can provide electricity or useful thermal energy. Biogas and biofuels are also forms of bioenergy.
  • Cogeneration
    Cogeneration, also known as combined heat and power (CHP), is the generation of both electricity or mechanical power and useful thermal heat from the same fuel source. Cogeneration improves efficiency by capturing thermal energy that would otherwise be wasted and converts it to additional power or useful thermal energy. When the electrical and thermal energy services are provided separately (also known as a traditional system), the national average efficiency is 45%.
  • Geothermal
    Geothermal energy is defined as energy from the earth’s heat. One type of geothermal energy is the use of reservoirs of hot water (at varying temperatures and depths) to produce steam and electricity. Another type of geothermal heat pump is known as ground source heat pump. Geothermal heat pumps utilize the fact that the earth’s temperature (below the surface) remains relatively constant. Because of this fact, the earth serves as a heat source in the winter and summer months, respectively. Geothermal systems work in virtually any scenario.
  • Hydropower
    Hydropower utilizes the overall energy of a body of water to power machinery. Typically, in order to produce enough energy to power machinery, a dam is introduced into the body of water to create more potential energy (a large elevation differential). Hydropower uses the energy of the water cycle to produce electricity. Hydrokinetic power utilizes the kinetic energy of a body of water such as waves, tidal streams and ocean streams.
  • Renewable Energy
    In the current globe and political climate, reliance on fossil fuels is becoming more undesirable for future energy use. Renewable and alternative energy sources do not always have a quick and simple payback, but due to other factors (energy policies, etc.), may be a better energy solution for you.
  • Solar
    Solar energy uses the sun as an energy source. The two main categories for solar energy are solar thermal and solar photovoltaic (PV). Solar thermal uses the sun’s heat to either heat a building or produce electricity. Solar photovoltaic (PV) uses certain materials (predominantly silicon) that produce a flow of electricity when exposed to sunlight.
  • Wind
    Wind energy employs the wind to generate mechanical power, which can be converted to electricity using a generator.

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Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolios

Whether we conduct solar, wind or thermal feasibility studies, SEA can help your business determine alternative and renewable energy strategy portfolios. Some of our most rewarding work was helping Life Data Labs, Inc. achieve complete solar reliability for running its manufacturing.

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