Solar photovoltaics, or solar PV, is a renewable energy generation technology in which daylight is converted into electricity. Solar PV uses a thin layer of semi-conducting material, commonly silicon, encased in a glass or plastic and when exposed to daylight the semi-conducting materials cause electrons to break free, flowing through the materials to produce a direct current. Due to light requirements, panels need to be installed in unshaded areas, on roof space or ground mounts that are south facing.
As solar PV creates its own energy, utilising this technology on residential, commercial or industrial buildings can reduce energy bills, mitigate changing energy prices and improve carbon efficiency. Energy created by solar PV can be exported and sold back to the grid, providing further financial incentive, or retained using emerging storage technologies for use during costly peaks, or as a backup for essential services during blackouts.
Steadily rising in popularity, there are government funding opportunities for consumers seeking to invest in solar power. Aberla has experience in securing funding government funding through incentives such as the Feed in Tariff, where consumers are rewarded for producing their own electricity.
We provide full turn-key solutions for the design, supply, installation and maintenance solar PV arrays to both domestic and commercial clients. Systems can be roof mounted on domestic homes, commercial buildings or industrial sites, as well as ground mounted as part of small scale installations or larger solar farms. Solar PV can be installed in conjunction with a variety of renewable technologies, and we conduct surveys and feasabilities to highlight the best technologies to boost energy and cost efficiency.
Battery storage is another key player in the smart power revolution, furthering the shift towards a decentralised power infrastructure. Storage affords users autonomy over their means of supply, consumption and usage of energy, supporting an energy and cost-efficient future.
Storage works in tandem with renewable generation technologies, allowing energy to be retained for when it is needed most. Typically, storage devices use a lithium ion battery, which is wired into a buildings power infrastructure. Electricity generated then feeds into the battery for storage. This energy is commonly used throughout the night, meaning that energy used during these times is essentially free.
Battery storage empowers consumers to take greater control of their energy usage and grid reliance and gives greater energy security and power reliability. This, coupled with reduced grid costs and reduced CO2 emissions posit battery storage as a worthwhile and attractive investment. For businesses and homes, storage provides blackout protection, allowing essential processes to remain in operation even when power is out.
Aberla has access to a varied range of suppliers and industry leading expertise installing battery storage, so we are perfectly placed to ensure the best storage solution for our customers. After detailed site surveys, feasibility studies and usage monitoring, we can design bespoke energy efficiency packages that are tailored to individual customers’ needs. We can provide full turn-key solutions, including design, supply, installation and commissioning of storage systems, as well as operating and maintenance assistance during handover and throughout the products lifetime.
Heat pump technology has been used for some time, being seen in refrigerators and air conditions for years, and is heavily relied upon in Scandinavia and Northern America. As the need for carbon efficient generation methods becomes ever more important, heat pump technology has resurged as a viable, energy efficient method for heating the home.
Heat pumps come in two main variations, Ground Source and Air Source. Simply put, heat pumps draw energy from their environment, converting this into heat. Inside of each pump is a special liquid refrigerant, as heat from the surrounding environment is drawn into the pump, this liquid turns into a gas. The gas is then forced through a compressor which pressurises the gas, causing its temperature to rise. Finally, the heated gas passes over an internal heat exchange surface , transferring into the home or commercial building.
Supported by funding such as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), and coupled with lower fuel bills resulting from the technology, heat pumps offer an attractive method for lowering carbon emissions and energy costs. As heat pumps consume electricity, they are well suited to be used with other renewable generation methods such as solar PV.
Aberla provides full turn-key solutions for the supply, install and maintenance of heat pumps. The team provides site surveys and feasibility studies to decide the size, position and variant of heat pump most beneficial to our clients.
As strides toward sustainable power generation continue, combined heat and power generation is well positioned to provide compelling financial and environmental benefits to energy consumers, due to its ability to produce cheap electricity and on demand heat.
Combined heat and power (CHP) is the simultaneous generation of heat and electrical power. At the heart of a CHP installation is an engine which provides power to drive the electrical generator, thus producing heat. Waste heat from this process is captured and recycled internally to be used to heat the building. As CHP captures the excess heat produced in the generation of electricity, it wastes far less energy than traditional power stations, increasing efficiency through low losses. Due to their efficiency, the lack of heat lost and the financial benefit of increased heating efficiency, CHP systems are better suited to sizeable buildings where the largest savings can be made.
As shifts toward renewable technologies continue, CHP engines will be a valuable method for increasing the efficiency of large scale energy. They provide options for decentralised heat, putting less strain on the grid and integrating supply and demand, and allowing energy to be stored for back-ups or sold to the grid. If combined with monitoring and storage technologies, CHP can form a cornerstone of energy efficient and intelligent localised power supply.
Aberla provides full turn-key solution for the design, supply and installation of CHP systems.
Biomass powers carbon neutral energy generated from renewable organic waste. The most common biomass fuel is wood chip, which comes in the form of pellets to be burned in the biomass engine, generating heat and electrical energy. Wood fuelled biomass systems can be used to heat single rooms or to power larger heat networks. Due to the sustainable sourcing of fuel to power biomass systems, coupled with the reduced emissions related to burning biomass fuels over fossil fuels, these systems are cost efficient methods of generating power.
Biomass is a good renewable option for those who wish to reduce the financial burden of their energy bill whilst becoming less reliant on environmentally damaging fossil fuels. The carbon emitted through burning the wood fuel equates to the amount that was absorbed over the plants lifetime. As long as fuel is locally sourced (cutting down on transportation emissions) biomass systems are carbon neutral in operation. Coupled with funding options such as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), biomass is an attractive option for more efficient energy generation and consumption.
Aberla offers a full turn-key solution for the supply and installation of biomass systems to fit a wide range of requirements. We provide full site surveys and feasibility studies to determine the right size of system, providing commissioning, operation and maintenance services, along with provision of wood chip fuel to power the biomass engine.