The kilowatt-peak is a notion used to forecast the output of photovoltaic panels and therefore to compare them with each other.
With a home battery, you can store electricity for later use. This is of particular interest to the owners of solar panels.
A heat pump is an economical alternative to a traditional boiler. In fact, the technology produces up to 75% of the heat you need. The remaining 25% comes from natural gas or electricity.
A combined heat and power (CHP) system generates both electrical power and heat from a single fuel (e.g. natural gas). The system comes with a whole host of benefits. The technology was devised to serve large buildings such as hospitals. Today however, it is also available to be used in single family homes .
Quite a few people are considering getting in a current generator to make sure they have electrical power when the mains power is switched off. But these types of generators are quite expensive. Plus you cannot just use them as part of your home power network.
Heat pumps can really help save energy. But which model suits your needs?
No. In Belgium, and in Brussels in particular, it is better to produce renewable electricity with solar panels than invest in a wind turbine.
Solar panels allow you to convert light directly into electricity. This is done by the converter. The expected output is dependant of the electrical capacity and the orientation of the panels.
To store electricity, it has to be converted into another form and turned back into electricity when it is needed. There are different ways of doing this,
Use the electric car batteries to store electricity and supply electricity to the national grid or home electricity network: this is the idea of vehicle-to-grid.
This is a system that captures sunlight, converts it into heat and uses this to reheat the water in your pipes.
When the choice of how to heat the water is sound, the expense can change from excessive to very affordable - and very ecological...
You can sell your green certificates at the market price to an energy supplier or an intermediary.
Everything depends on the space available on your home and the power you wish to generate.
A private individual who generates green electricity receives, by default, one green certificate per 1,000 kWh for 10 years starting from the date of certification of their installation. In Brussels, a multiplication coefficient entitles consumers to additional green certificates.
Microgrids are energy distribution systems which only involve a small group of connections. They can operate independently or be connected to a larger grid.
Cogeneration is a system that generates both electricity and heat from a single fuel (natural gas).
In Belgium, solar panels generally achieve their best performance in May and June, when the weather conditions are most favourable.
The smart meter or intelligent meter is an electronic meter that is capable of recording and transmitting power consumption data. Smart meters will be rolled out in Brussels gradually.
For economic and environmental reasons, gradually switching from natural gas heating to renewable sources makes sense! The process is simple.
With a PV heater you can store excess electricity generated by your photovoltaic panels as domestic hot water. This solution is worth considering if you produce more electricity than you consume.
There are three possibilities: buying green energy, owning shares in a green producer, or producing it yourself.
Why not buy back the surplus solar energy produced by your neighbours? This is the concept of collective self-consumption.
Check the state and cleanliness of your photovoltaic panels regularly. Make sure that the installation’s cables are in good condition and that your inverter and green meter are working properly.
Your installation has to fulfil technical and regulatory conditions for you to be entitled to green certificates.
In exchange for financial compensation, major electricity consumers or owners of power generation units can adapt their use of the electricity grid to contribute to a better balance. In the future, flexibility markets may be opened up to private consumers too.
A small photovoltaic generation installation (≤ 10 kVA) may automatically disconnect from the network. These automatic disconnections occur when the voltage or the frequency at the attachment clamps on the converter reach values that are too low or too high. There may be several reasons for this.
Review your energy contracts, get a free energy audit, insulate, replace your boiler or install photovoltaic panels. There are a whole host of solutions for saving energy in a co-owned property!
This measure is not applied in Brussels. The smaller number of solar panels here means that the situation in the capital is quite different. Of course, this may change, and Brussels may yet follow in the footsteps of Flanders.
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