Conserving Energy with Energy Detection Tools
This post was written on behalf of Inlec Test Equipment Hire, providers of power analyzers and a wide range of test equipment
As winter approaches, now is the time to think about how much energy you are using and how you can start decreasing your energy bills.
Saving energy doesn’t have to be a long chore and there are ways you can get the whole family involved. From recycling to teaching the kids how the environment works, being eco-friendly can change your way of living. However, around the home there is often a lot of energy wastage that we are simply unaware of and that we can’t modify unless we have the correct tools. For example, the majority of wasted energy is leaked through the roof of your property. By ensuring the roof and wall cavities are fully insulated you can save a considerable chunk of money on utility bills.
An increasingly popular method of measuring energy loss in houses is to hire power test equipment, which can also be highly cost effective. These specialized pieces of equipment can measure a whole host of energy sources.
Here is a breakdown of the most common energy saving instruments and how you can use them within your home or business.
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Electrical Power Analyser
These devices have a host of uses including measuring energy circulation and also the amount on energy consumption throughout the household.
Power analyzers are incredibly versatile and can be connected to computers to record and compare data. These devices are beneficial for eco-conscious businesses who want to keep track of energy output and decrease costs. Power analyzers are widely available and typically cost around £100, depending on quality and function.
Thermal Imaging Equipment
Thermal imaging cameras can often be incredibly expensive to purchase, so hiring is a more cost effective approach to investigating how heat is being wasted in your home.
This type of equipment uses infrared technology to measure heat radiation rather than visible light. This information is then combined into electrical signals that form an image. The difference between a normal digital camera and a thermal camera is the range of the wavelengths. A standard camera can capture up to 750 nanometres whilst a thermal camera can capture up to 14,000 nanometres.
Electricians use thermal imaging cameras to detect electrical wiring and the flow of electricity. Hiring from a reputable company can ensure that you are not wasting energy. Thermal imaging equipment can be hired for around £150 per week.
Digital thermometers can provide an accurate reading of an environment's temperature. Many laser digital thermometers are capable of USB connectivity which allows you to log your data on to a computer for an analysis of results.
This type of technology can clearly indicate how much energy you are losing in a particular room or it can indicate the location as to where you are losing most heat energy. Depending on quality and function, digital laser thermometers can be hired for around £30 per week from most test equipment companies.
There are a whole host of tools available to determine how you can become energy efficient. The instruments often need to be calibrated, so it is useful if you gain expert advice before use.
Major move forward for UK’s nascent marine energy sector
Although the industry is small and the technologies are limited, marine-based energy systems look to be taking off as “the world’s most powerful tidal turbine” begins grid-connected power generation at the European Marine Energy Centre.
At around 74 metres long, the turbine single-handedly holds the potential to supply the annual electricity demand to approximately 2,000 homes within the UK and offset 2,200 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Orbital Marine Power, a privately held Scottish-based company, announced the turbine is set to operate for around 15 years in the waters surrounding Orkney, Scotland, where the 2-megawatt O2 turbine weighing around 680 metric tons will be linked to a local on-land electricity network via a subsea cable.
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Described as a “major milestone for O2” by CEO of Orbital Marine Power Andrew Scott, the turbine will also supply additional power to generate ‘green hydrogen’ through the use of a land-based electrolyser in the hopes it will demonstrate the “decarbonisation of wider energy requirements.”
“Our vision is that this project is the trigger to the harnessing of tidal stream resources around the world to play a role in tackling climate change whilst creating a new, low-carbon industrial sector,” says Scott in a statement.
The Scottish Government has awarded £3.4 million through the Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund to support the project’s construction, while public lenders also contributed to the financial requirements of the tidal turbine through the ethical investment platform Abundance Investment.
“The deployment of Orbital Marine Power’s O2, the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, is a proud moment for Scotland and a significant milestone in our journey to net zero,” says Michael Matheson, the Cabinet Secretary for Net-Zero, Energy and Transport for the Scottish Government.
“With our abundant natural resources, expertise and ambition, Scotland is ideally placed to harness the enormous global market for marine energy whilst helping deliver a net-zero economy.
“That’s why the Scottish Government has consistently supported the marine energy sector for over 10 years.”
However, Orbital Marine CEO Scott believes there’s potential to commercialise the technology being used in the project with the prospect of working towards more efficient and advanced marine energy projects in the future.
“We believe pioneering our vision in the UK can deliver on a broad spectrum of political initiatives across net-zero, levelling up and building back better at the same time as demonstrating global leadership in the area of low carbon innovation that is essential to creating a more sustainable future for the generations to come.”
The UK’s growing marine energy endeavours
This latest tidal turbine project isn’t a first for marine energy in the UK. The Port of London Authority permitted the River Thames to become a temporary home for trials into tidal energy technology and, more recently, a research project spanning the course of a year is set to focus on the potential tidal, wave, and floating wind technology holds for the future efficiency of renewable energy. The research is due to take place off of the Southwest coast of England on the Isles of Scilly