It is well known that we need a sustainable solution to our energy needs for the future, and renewable energy will be an important part of that. The major advantage of renewable energy is that it has no hazardous waste products or pollutants, and it also does not contribute to global warming. Some who have decided to make that change already today are Tempcon’s subsidiary Syd Frys in Mörarp. All the electricity the company uses is renewable in the form of wind and hydropower, which their supplier ensures.
But for us to reach our goals and create a future for all of us, it is not enough to just use renewable energy. Because regardless of how much renewable energy we invest in, we must simultaneously reduce our energy consumption and use energy smarter in order to live sustainably. We have to improve energy efficiency both as private individuals and in businesses. Therefore, in recent years, Syd Frys has replaced all its lighting with LED and a couple of years ago it invested in a new cooling system to reduce its energy use. As part of this, Syd Frys is also in discussions with the property owner about investing in solar panels where the roof surfaces would enable one of the area’s larger facilities when fully developed.
But what is renewable energy? Sun, wind, water and even biofuel are examples of renewable sources. Sweden has good conditions for renewable energy production and many of our waterways are already used today to create hydropower and a large part of the country’s surface consists of forest that can be processed into biofuels. If we talk about wind, it will always blow – more or less – which creates good opportunities for wind power. We must also not forget the sun, which supplies the earth with an extremely large amount of energy. The amount of energy that reaches the earth every day in the form of sunlight corresponds to about 15 000 times the total energy consumption in the world. If we could capture just a fraction of the solar energy and convert it into electricity, many of the planet’s energy problems would be solved. For example, a typical house roof in Sweden receives approximately five times more solar radiation than the house uses in energy each year. There are opportunities to use the sun’s energy more. Technology is advancing rapidly and solar energy is therefore expected by many to play a decisive role in the future energy landscape.