In order to fight against global warming and air pollution, governments have initiated the energy transition. This transition involves reducing energy consumption and gradually replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy. The N'Gage platform facilitates the collection, the analysis and the exploitation of your energy data and accompanies you in the management of your facilities.
What is renewable energy?
Renewable energy (RE) is energy from natural sources or processes that are constantly renewed.
Unlike fossil fuels, RE is inexhaustible on a human scale and its exploitation generates little waste and greenhouse gas emissions. This is why they are also called clean energy or green energy.
The global agreements on climate (COP21) as well as the European and French regulations testify to a commitment to the climate. In order to reduce their energy footprint, citizens, companies, local authorities and governments are invited, through numerous measures and incentives, to give priority to renewable energy in their activities.
As a sign of this commitment, the French law on energy transition for green growth calls for increasing the share of renewable energy to over 30% of final energy consumption by 2030.
This joint commitment requires the implementation of innovative solutions to facilitate the deployment of renewable energies on a large scale. For stakeholders, this means having an energy and environmental analysis solution to integrate and manage their RE. The platform developed by Energisme encourages decision making in this domain through the collection, analysis and exploitation of energy data.
What are the different sources of renewable energy?
Solar energy consists of transforming the sun’s rays into electricity using photovoltaic cells. In this case, it is called photovoltaic energy. We speak of “solar thermal” when the sun’s rays are used to heat the water of radiators or hot water tanks.
The sun is an inexhaustible and self-regenerating energy source. It represents a credible alternative to fossil fuels.
For companies or real estate professionals, there are now simple solutions to equip a site with photovoltaic cells. Whether they are panels on the roofs of homes, factories, warehouses, or in outdoor spaces, it is important to find the ideal location to take advantage of maximum sunlight.
The N’Gage platform allows you to estimate in advance the projected gains of the installation of solar panels. Through the analysis of your energy data, the solution even helps you detect preferential locations.
Wind energy is based on the energy produced by the wind. Here too, the resource is inexhaustible.
It works thanks to huge turbines. The energy of the wind turns the blades of the wind turbine to power an electrical generator and produce electricity.
Wind farms are being developed both onshore and offshore, with minimal impact on the environment. However, it is a sector extremely framed by regulations (noise and visual pollution, danger for birds, recycling of metal used in manufacturing …)
In France, the capacity has tripled between 2010 and 2020. In 2020, wind power production in France exceeded that of gas power plants for the first time.
Hydroelectric power is used to generate electricity by using the force of water. This force comes either from a waterfall between two levels, or from the flow of rivers. The water then drives a turbine connected to a generator.
In France, dams represent the first source of renewable energy. The advantage of hydroelectric energy is that, unlike wind or solar energy, it is not intermittent. It can therefore be used as an adjustment variable during consumption peaks, in addition to other renewable energies.
Biomass energy consists in producing electricity thanks to the steam released by the combustion of vegetable or animal matter. This steam then drives a turbine connected to an alternator.
Geothermal energy is produced by the earth’s heat. It involves pumping naturally heated groundwater or circulating water through the hot ground to bring the heat to the surface.
The recovered temperature can be used for heating or, if high enough, to generate electricity.
Why bet on renewable energies today?
The debate on the integration of renewable energies is not new. Today, however, a number of obstacles for integration have been removed.
Firstly, there is now a broad consensus on the urgency of an energy transition. The urgency is not only climatic and environmental, but even from an economic point of view, the replacement of fossil fuels by renewable energies is inevitable.
Faced with the climate emergency, public authorities have accelerated the energy transition, which is based on two types of action:
- The improvement of energy efficiency in order to reduce energy consumption
- Gradually moving away from carbon-based energies to renewable energies
This transition to RE is facilitated by the digital transformation that encourages a smart grid logic between consumers, suppliers and network managers.
Thanks to better data management, it is now relatively easy to anticipate energy needs and adjust flows according to requirements. The intermittency of some renewable energies is no longer an obstacle. The interoperability of data and flows now makes it possible to produce the necessary energy by diversifying energy sources.
Finally, as a professional, you can rely on a software platform such as our N’Gage solution to manage your renewable energies with complete peace of mind.
Control your renewable energies with the N'Gage platform
The management of renewable energies requires first of all an increased control of your energy data. The platform developed by Energisme helps you automate the management of your energy efficiency.
You can share the data collected and analyzed by the platform with your energy providers to facilitate the integration of RE in your consumption.
In addition, installations of solar self-consumption structures have increased by 30% in 2020. Many professionals are taking advantage of government incentives to take the plunge.
Once the installations are completed, our N’Gage Solar platform allows you to monitor them in real time. You can follow:
- Your performance and consumption ratios
- Visualize the savings generated
- Estimate consumption and savings to come
- Calculate the equivalent in greenhouse gas saved
- Cross-reference these data with other influencing factors
The solution is also a decision support tool if you are planning to extend the solar installations to other sites in your building stock.