Carbon emissions from dwellings exceed those of a typical vehicle over time. To calculate your own emissions, there are several sites on-line than can assist. You will be very surprised at your footprint.
Many commercial facilities have huge carbon footprints. Often this involve heating systems, hot water and laundry systems where OpEx and Carbon emissions go hand in hand, until now.
Power stations, Factories, and Oil & Gas are seen as massive sources or carbon pollution. Solar thermal can help reduce many of these using process control thermal solar offsets.
Industries and governments alike, strive to be seen as ‘Carbon Responsible’
The world depends on us
Renewable heat is essential in supporting residential, commercial, agricultural, and industrial prosperity, in sustainable, low emitted carbon economies. Over time, all industries and all governments will strive to be as carbon neutral as possible.
In the industrial sector of the U.S. alone, renewable heat energy could abate in excess of 100 Mt of CO2 by 2030 and 215 MtCO2/year by 2050 in the five main industrial sectors given serious interest in renewable heat energy. The main energy using groups include but are not limited to: Food, Pulp and Paper, , Chemicals including Petrochemicals, minerals, metals collection and manufacturing.
Solar Power Stations using liquid salt thermal conduction and storage are now generating electric grid power in TW/h/yr.
Some Retirement homes, Hotel Chains, and Educational facilities now heat much of their hot water and laundry systems using solar thermal arrays.
Solar thermal not only has potential for significant GHG reductions, but also it is able to leverage low caloric thermal heating required in typical insulated box heating systems. Given the fact that most individuals believe wrongly that their automobile has the greatest personal GHG implication, this distinction is in fact reserved for heating and hot water for the average consumer.
By Creating incentives, governments are able to entice companies to develop or use renewable heat. Oft-times this takes a back seat to the less efficient but simpler to understand Solar PV (Electricity) industry.
National Resources Canada explains:
“70% of the energy used in the residential and commercial/institutional buildings sector is used for heating. Canada also has a very large potential for solar energy use and it has excellent solar resources. Since 2007, there are an estimated 544,000 m2 of solar collectors operating in Canada. They are primarily unglazed plastic collectors for pool heating (71%) and unglazed perforated solar air collectors for commercial building air heating (26%), delivering about 627,000 GJ of energy and displacing 38,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.”
However, there is growing interest in solar thermal. In the U.K. for example the U.K. Carbon Trust Programme, recently extended to include solar thermal and any quantifiable carbon reduction scheme. They offer interest free loans where renewable projects can result if definable savings in OpEx and GHG emissions.
Also in the U.K. in 2011, Solar thermal heating produced an estimated 122 GWh for domestic hot water generation, and for swimming pools an estimated 640 GWh (DECC Digest of UK Energy Statistics, 2011).