A Breakdown of the IPCC Climate Change Report

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is updated every six to seven years to reflect new evidence on climate change, and the most recent report published (August 2021) caused a great media reaction.

The UN chief reported: ‘code red for humanity’ – which was not a surprise to most with the horrific and continuous news reports on extreme weather events such as heatwaves, droughts and flooding that have taken place across the world. This is something we do not want to hear, but unfortunately the climate crisis IS here.

We understand how distressing it is to read, and the IPCC climate change report has caused increase eco anxiety for many people around the world, especially young adults. But scientists say a catastrophe can be avoided if we take immediate action on energy and that there is no time for delay and no room for excuses. Here is a basic breakdown of what the IPCC’s report covered:

  • The past five years have been the hottest on record since 1850
  • The rise in sea levels have nearly tripled compared with 1901-1971
  • Human influence is “very likely” (90%) the main driver of the global retreat of glaciers since the 1990s and the decrease in Arctic sea-ice
  • It is “virtually certain” that hot extremes including heatwaves have become more frequent and more intense since the 1950s, while cold events have become less frequent and less severe

Is it too late to stop climate change?

It is not too late to prevent global warming. What is obvious is that global carbon emissions need to be reduced to net-zero – immediately, to avoid a dangerous increase in global temperatures. When we focus on sustainability, the entire world benefits and gets to live in healthy living conditions.

With the spectacular rise of renewable technology such as solar panels and wind turbines, net-zero is definitely achievable!

 

Advantages of solar energy:

Solar energy is one of the solutions for a greener future, thanks to its limitless supply of clean energy. Solar panels are a onetime investment and will provide long-term benefits to your home or business and not only does it give us a better future on this earth but a healthier life too. Solar power takes away the risk of respiratory issues, cancer and cardiovascular problems.

A big misconception is that in order to own solar panels you need to live in an area that is always sunny. This is simply not true – anyone can have solar! The panels will always receive direct day light even on cloudy and rainy days.

 

Battery storage for solar panels:

Energy storage enables electricity to be saved for a later, when and where it is most needed. Solar batteries compliment solar PV by storing the excess energy your panels make instead of it going back to the National Grid. When you need to tap into more power, your green free energy is in the battery, ready to use! Most batteries are software controlled, meaning that as technology improves, the battery does not become outdated. This is really important as technology is moving quickly and in some parts of the UK, energy providers are already trialling different ways to use batteries. These trials include load balancing and optimising when you buy and sell energy from the grid.

 

Environmental benefits of electric cars:

Road transport is one of the biggest sources of pollution in the UK, contributing to poor air quality, noise disturbance, congestion and climate change.

Vehicles have a major impact on the environment through their construction, use and eventual disposal. It is estimated that of the CO2 emissions produced over a car’s lifespan 10% come from its manufacture and 5% from its disposal, with the remaining 85% coming from fuel use and servicing operations. Furthermore, the Department for Transportation have also recently proposed to add up to £1,500 to the cost of new petrol and diesel cars as a way to encourage a faster switch to EVs. This “feebate” system is certainly an effective way to drive and secure EV growth.

The tech and science is there, and endless reports have been made stating that renewable energy has the capability of powering 80% of the world! Additionally, fossil-fuel is a limited source, so sooner or later we will have to depend on solar energy but the time to depend on it is now – not later.

Renewable energy is driving innovation and not compromising our way of life, unlike fossil fuels do. If you want to secure a future – renewable energy is the answer and our team are here to educate and point in the right direction. When it comes to designing and quoting the right system for your energy needs, we make sure you understand the systems functionality and how our smart products can benefit you!

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Whether you’re budding your knowledge on everything green or already a strong climate advocate, you will have ventured the idea or began to invest in renewable energy. However, you may not have considered all the elements. Do you know what products to invest in and if you’re controlling your energy management efficiently within your home or business?

SolarCentric’s partnership with SolarEdge is a great advantage for clients when looking to control energy management because they have become a real contender for those considering future integration of different products.

SolarEdge’s extensive range of products:

1. When increasing the output of a solar system, SolarEdge use their patented power optimiser technology which can be retrofitted or integrated to the solar panel with each panel individually wired to increase solar generation from the system. If you suffer from an underperforming panel you can rely on the market-leading monitoring platform which is free of charge by SolarEdge.

2. The app-based monitoring platform allows you to see your panels output on an individual panel basis, giving you additional peace of mind because you can allow remote access to your installer.

3. The SolarEdge immersion switch is another great alternative, as this product diverts all additional electricity to the hot water tank.

4. It’s also worth examining the cutting edge EV chargers which enables the charge of EVs directly from the inverter. A great option for those who don’t have EV but want to maximise their excess solar electricity.

Overall, our beneficial connection can ensure clients are getting the most out of their green energy, which is our entire objective. The high-point for SolarEdge is their significant safety features and industry-leading warranties. All of which is adding to their growing popularity with homeowners, councils, housing associations and businesses alike. A great investment for anyone buying solar with the future in mind.

Two is better than one, and battery storage is always a great way to compliment any Solar PV system. Batteries are emerging as one of the key solutions to integrate efficient carbon-neutral systems for any home or business, because when there is excess power in the property, the battery will store it ready to be used at a later date. This can really reduce your grid dependency and your electricity bill.

Batteries are paving the way towards an ozone-friendly future
As the world starts transitioning away from fossil fuels, we acknowledge and appreciate the initial stages of its invention. The first real development of batteries date as far back as 250 BC, known as the Baghdad Battery. Fast forward to the 21st century, batteries primarily powered our phones and computers but with advance technology they are now powering our cars, homes and businesses too.

It’s a great leap forward and we have certainly come a long way with the ever-growing development in batteries. With the correct battery and solar combination, you can really make a difference to the environment and enjoy an abundance of free/low-cost solar electricity, especially in the summer going into winter when solar doesn’t particularly perform as well. Now with advance technology, batteries can control the time for when you buy your energy physically from the grid which is a great function to have as lots of energy companies offer cheap night-time tariffs. Note that buying low-cost energy when carbon intensity on the grid is low is a profitable gain, a great way to control your energy cost and to reduce your carbon footprint.

Most batteries are software controlled, meaning that as technology improves, the battery does not become outdated. This is really important as technology is moving quickly and in some parts of the UK, energy providers are already trialing different ways to use batteries. These trials include load balancing and optimising when you buy and sell energy from the grid.

Overall, these are worthy trials because wholesale energy prices fluctuate throughout the day typically increasing at peak times and reducing at night. In the future, we are likely to see a more renewable-fuelled world with supporting software that further utilises batteries.

 


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