Remote Application

Dish/engine systems can also be used individually as stand-alone systems for applications such as water pumping . While the power rating and modularity of dish/engine systems seem ideal for stand-alone applications, there ar e challenges related to installation and maintenance of these systems in a remote environment. Dish/engine systems need to stow when wind speeds exceed a specific condition, usually at about 16 m/s. Reliable sun and wind sensors ar e therefore required to determine if conditions warrant operation. In addition, to enable operation until the system ca n become self sustaining, energy storage (e.g., a battery like those used in a diesel generator set) with its associated cost and reliability issues is needed. Therefore, it is likely that significant entry in stand-alone markets will occur after th e technology has had an opportunity to mature in utility and village-power markets.

Intermediate-scale applications such as small grids (village power) appear to be well suited to dish/engine systems . The economies of scale of utilizing multiple units to support a small utility, the ability to add modules as needed, an d a hybrid capability make the dish/engine systems ideal for small grids.

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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