Renewable energy can take many forms, including microgrids, microhydro, combined heat and power systems, and more.
SAGE Energy can provide support for your sustainable energy project, on a small scale for your cottage or on a larger scale for your neighbourhood or community.
Whether you’re looking for a turnkey installation or you need support for your DIY project, we’re here to help.
Self-sufficient locally-controlled energy, with the option for utility connection.
- Operates while connected to the utility
- Operates on its own using local energy generation in times of crisis, or other reasons.
- Powered by distributed generators, batteries, and/or renewable resources like solar panels.
- A microgrid allows communities to be more energy independent and, in some cases, more environmentally friendly.
Cogeneration or CHP
Cogeneration or Combined Heat & Power (CHP) systems. Advanced energy efficiency. CHP is the simultaneous production of electrical and thermal energy from one fuel source.
- Waste heat from electricity generation is recovered and used for applications such as space heating and cooling, water heating, and industrial process heat.
A cogeneration facility is comprised of two basic parts: a power generator and a heat recovery system. A range of technologies can be used to achieve cogeneration, including steam turbines, gas turbines, reciprocating engines, microturbines, fuel cells, and Sterling engines.
Modern microhydro equipment comes from proven technology based on designs that have changed very little over the decades. Pelton and turgo wheels, the typical spinning water-wheel component, were invented in 1870 and 1919, respectively. The point is, this technology has proven its reliability and functionality with more than a century of performance.
- Hydropower comes from a combination of vertical drop (head) and water flow. It takes both in reasonable quantities to make meaningful amounts of energy. If your stream only has a little head, you’ll need a lot of flow. If your stream only has a little flow, you’ll need a lot of head.
Very few residential properties have a hydro resource to tap. But if you have it, hydro can be a cost-effective and reliable renewable electricity source with a modest investment.
Without reliable measurements, any microhydro dreams you have may not come true. If this is a DIY project for you, please check our Learning Centre for some research resources for you to get you started.
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