Lance Stokes, PhD,
Alternative Energy Consultants
● EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE IN ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
● FINANCIALLY SOUND TECHNICAL GUIDANCE FOR ALTERNATIVE ENERGY INVESTORS
● PERMITTING FOR BIODIESEL AND ETHANOL PLANTS
● REGULATORY CONSULTING TO KEEP YOUR PLANT IN COMPLIANCE WITH MICHIGAN AND
● HANDS ON EXPERIENCE IN TRANSITIONING FROM CONCEPT TO LARGE SCALE
● GREEN CHEMISTRY PRINCIPLES IMPLEMENTED IN YOUR FACILITY.
“tell us where you want to go and we will get you there”
Alternative energy is renewable energy and comes from natural sources that are constantly and sustainably replenished. Harnessing energy from the wind, sun, water, plants, and other renewable sources puts America on the path to a cleaner environment, energy independence, and a stronger economy. Using alternative renewable energy contributes to better air quality, reduced reliance on fossil fuels, curbs global warming, adds good jobs to the economy, and, when properly sited, protects environmental values such as habitat and water quality.
Solar Energy is the energy that is produced by the sun in the form of heat and light. It is a readily available source of energy. Solar energy was used by people since ancient times with simple magnifying glasses to concentrate the light of the sun into beams so hot they would cause wood to burn. Solar energy is typically converted into electricity by converting solar radiation in photovoltaic cells into DC electricity. This form of energy can be used to power solar watches, calculators, or traffic signals. It is often used in locations that are not connected to the electric grid. Solar heat energy can be used to heat water or space heating inside a building.
Solar energy is considered to be one of the cleanest and renewable sources of energy but it does have some environmental concerns. Manufacturing the photovoltaic cells to produce solar energy requires silicon and produces waste products. Inappropriate handling of these materials may lead to hazardous exposure to humans and the environment.
Wind power is an affordable, efficient and inexhaustible source of electricity. The wind's kinetic energy can be harnessed by a wind turbine. The wind moves the turbine's blades, which transfer energy through a central hub to a generator. The generator converts mechanical energy into electrical energy that is then delivered to the power grid.
Wind power is one of the most environmentally benign sources of energy. It produces no polluting emissions of any kind, including those that cause global warming. Wind is free, inexhaustible, and immune from fuel cost inflation. Although bird and bat safety are ongoing concerns, wind power does not contribute to the plethora of other environmental and public health issues caused by conventional fossil power production.
The wind industry has made great strides in locating wind farms to prevent harming birds in flight; now attention is turning toward bats.
Wind power consumes no water during operation. New technologies are being developed for use in low-wind areas. Engineers are creating new blade designs, more efficient turbines, and ocean mooring systems to produce economical wind energy in regions like the American heartland (stretching from central Texas to the Canadian border) and coastal areas (from the Pacific Northwest to the Gulf of Mexico to Cape Cod).
Hydro energy is simply energy that is taken from water and converted to electricity. Hydro energy can be obtained by using many methods of capture. The most common method of using energy from water is a hydroelectric dam, where water coming down through an area causes turbines to rotate and the energy is captured to run a generator.
Biomass, is biological material from living, or recently living organisms. As an energy source, biomass can either be used directly or converted into other energy products such as biofuel. Biomass is a kind of “catch-all” phrase that encompasses everything from garbage to crops. Biomass that is currently in the pipe line are primarily ethanol from corn and biodiesel from crops, waste trap grease, animal renderings, and chicken fat.
BIOFUELS and BIOMASS
RESEARCH and DEVELOPMENT
PERMITTING AND REGULATORY CONSULTING FOR BIODIESEL & ETHANOL PLANTS