An update report for Summer 2021
Strategies for moving towards cleaner energy often incorporate variable renewable energy (VRE) technologies, such as solar and wind energy. Solar energy from the sun can be converted into useful thermal or electrical energy, often using photovoltaic (solar) panels on the roofs of buildings. Since we can use this source of energy as long as the sun exists, it is regarded as a renewable energy source.
Current energy sources are highly dependent on the consumption of fossil fuels. Burning fossil fuels releases greenhouse gas emissions that trap heat within our atmosphere and contribute to global warming and climate change. The process also releases other harmful air pollutants such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, negatively affecting human and environmental health.
Of course, the future of VRE resources depends critically on the cost and availability of energy storage because demand is not always matched by production in real time. The ability to store excess energy would provide crucial backup power when these sources are not available.
At Born Global, our energy projects include establishing state-of-the-art solar farms, increasing access to energy storage to maximize the utility of renewable energy assets, and exploring other innovative sources of clean energy.
Our team is currently working on the following proposed solutions:
Energy storage based on calcium carbonate technology. Our study will focus on the feasibility of an emerging thermal energy storage technology with the aim of creating a working grid-level demonstration on-site
Fish sludge treatment to utilize byproducts from recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) to reduce industrial waste and act as a sustainable input for energy systems. The aim is to create a working model for converting RAS waste into biogas
Solar grazing farms to make use of the 95% of land left untouched on typical solar farms. Sheep can graze under the solar panels to maintain the grass for sustainable farm production and contribute dairy, meat, and wool to local markets.