Stable and sustainable energy production is integral to many of the challenges and needs our world faces today, such as climate change, safety, and agriculture. Global population growth, digitalization, and industrial needs are reflected in the global energy demand. To meet the future requirements, production and consumption of renewable energy need to become more efficient. These are the key points also in the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 7) Affordable and Clean Energy. In this area, Vaisala is involved in multiple ways, helping wind, solar, and biogas energy producers get more value out of their power plants.
Many of our solutions are directly and indirectly linked to sustainable energy production and efficiency. For example, our measurement technologies optimize the control of many industrial processes and thus improve energy efficiency, especially in energy intensive industries. Also the energy efficiency of buildings can be optimized by adjusting the heating and ventilation system according to demand, based on measurements of humidity, carbon dioxide, and temperature.More directly, in power production, we support smart electricity grids with online condition monitoring of power transformers. Reliable online monitoring enables operators to detect faults in time and thus prevent power outages that would risk the safety and operation of society. On the other hand, ourweather instruments are used to forecast weather, based on which energy demand can be assessed and energy distribution and production optimized further. Most essentially, however, our products help the power operators to tap into renewable energy sources cost-efficiently, which goes a long way in increasing the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. With our measurement technologies, wind and solar power as well as biogas production can be optimized.
Waste management presents a significant challenge to societies, and governments around the world are seeking to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfills. Biogas provides significant opportunities for profitable waste management as well as for global renewable energy demand. Biogas plants can generate more value out of waste by using MGP261 Multigas measurement instrument to monitor key parameters in the process.The key parameters to measure for an effective biogas process optimization are methane, humidity and carbon dioxide. The MGP261 instrument for the biogas process optimization enables customers to generate more value from waste by measuring these parameters directly inside the production process pipe, which has not been possible before. With reliable measurement data, customers can improve biogas quality as well as protect CHP (combined heat and power) engines, active carbon filters, and biomethane upgrading equipment. This decreases production costs, making biogas production more profitable and efficient. Biogas production is an organic process, affected by many variables. The better you can monitor your entire process and react to changes, the more efficient the plant becomes. This helps extract more energy from waste, lower GHG emissions, and recycle agricultural nutrients. Global population growth with associated waste management issues and energy needs, combined with the need to lower greenhouse gas emissions, represent a major challenge in the modern world. Profitable and efficient wind energy and biogas industries are an important part of the solution to produce clean and affordable energy.