Now that COP21 has concluded, and the Paris climate agreement has been adopted by more than 190 countries, it is very likely we will see the demand for renewables increase even more than it has in recent years.
Many companies and industries could be missing out on a very, valuable resource despite their efforts to lower their environmental footprints, go green, cut costs and tap into the benefits afforded through renewable energy. Did you know, facilities with closed-loop water systems actually have a source of hydrokinetic power right there? It's true. Power plants, steel mills, waste water treatment facilities, cement plant, food processing plants and other factories with closed-loop water systems can cut costs by capturing energy from falling water.
When disaster hits, those in the affected areas generally have an immediate need for relief. Depending on the type and severity of the disaster, it is quite common to find people in need of access to clean water, food, lighting, clothes, shelter, energy and other emergency services. Unless these people get the resources they require, their lives will be in further danger.
While hydropower is considered to be a source of renewable energy by the federal government, the construction of large hydropower dams has generated a lot of negative press and general opposition in recent months. This doesn't mean all hydro-electric power should be discounted. When it comes to hydroelectric, people need to remember...bigger isn't always better. Small-hydro can harness the untapped potential of this renewable in the United States and around the world with far less risk.
The potential of hydrokinetic power has been generating a lot attention in recent years, as the world continues to search for more reliable renewable energy options. While solar and wind are extremely beneficial, and definitely key to the future of renewables, these sources of power are not always as consistent as we may like. In addition, hydropower cannot be overlooked as a source of renewable energy. We're not talking about large hydroelectric plants here, we're talking about microhydro plants and the innovative approach HeliosAltas has taken in developing the first movable hydropower technology.
Despite many parts of the country and world experiencing various levels of drought, hydroelectric can still be a source of renewable power from which countless communities can tap into using existing infrastructures. In fact, our company has engineered a way to tap into the benefits of small hydro with very little environmental impact. Through the use of our patented PowerBall and PowerWheel systems, and infrastructures already in place, but not in use, zero emissions energy can begin being generated at low costs and without the need for lengthy construction projects, harmful dams being built or significant water waste.
Gaining access to electricity or any other source of energy in a remote village can be next to impossible, unless a significant expense is incurred. The problem is that many people living in remote villages throughout third world countries do not have these types of funds. Even if they did, spending money to bring energy to the area in which they live by installing power distribution lines may not be the way to go. Construction such as this can often have a devastating environmental impact. It is for this reason many remote villages and people without access to electricity are considered to be ideal customers for solar or wind power.
Although hydroelectricity is one of the world's leading sources of renewable energy, many people seem to be entirely unaware of the vast benefits available through micro hydro. This is despite the fact that micro hydro is one of the most basic and consistent types of renewable power. Micro hydro is hydroelectric power on a smaller scale. Even in small streams, a micro hydro unit can generate up to 100 kW of electricity with little more than the everyday flow of water. As energy.gov says a 10 kW system is capable of powering a large house, a small resort or a farm used for supplemental income or enjoyment purposes, one single micro hydro system can be a stable source of renewable power for a long time to come.
In the majority of developing countries, farmers and plantations do not necessarily have easy access to sources of water which can be used to nourish fields, make crops grow and allow for day-to-day survival. Irrigation canals, while a beneficial way to transport water, only go so far. It is up to the farmers to take the water from the canals and bring it the remaining distance to their fields. Those areas which lack electricity and other sources of power make it so that farmers have no other choice than to manually haul the water or construct a system in which gravity can do most of the work. Both of these options are extremely laborious and entirely inefficient.
Although most of the human race depends on coal and other finite resources to help power our cities, homes and day-to-day activities, there are ways to generate energy without having to tap into the Earth's finite resources or take new land. Through the use of a patented technology from HeliosAltas, it is now possible to tap into unused resources and existing infrastructures to generate zero emission power. Do you know what that might mean for people around the globe? It means almost anyone could have access to dependable, renewable energy without have to buy a generator, pay to be connected to the nearest power lines, install solar panels or put up a wind turbine.
For centuries water has been used not only as a source of sustenance for humans across the world, but as a source of power for countless civilizations. More than 2,000 years ago, people set up waterwheels for the purpose of grinding flour. Since then, waterwheels have played an essential role in generating electricity, powering textile mills, keeping manufacturing plants running and lighting the streets of cities.