Nachhaltige Energiequellen – erneuerbare Energien - NIKIN EU

Sustainable energy sources – renewable energies

Sooner or later natural resources will be irrevocably used up and yet energy consumption in our part of the world continues to rise. It’s time to switch – to renewable energies!

Sooner or later natural resources will be irreversibly used up and yet energy consumption continues to rise in our latitudes. It’s time to switch – to renewable energies!

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Although we at NIKIN are primarily concerned with sustainable materials in the fashion industry and fight against global deforestation, it is important to think sustainably in other areas of life too. We not only want to reach our customers, but also motivate people to rethink their lifestyle and possibly make it more sustainable. There is no avoiding thinking about alternative energy sources and in this way relieving the burden on the planet.

What exactly are “renewable energies”?

Sustainable are all energies that, by definition, can be renewed, i.e. that do not come from finite sources. Of course there are a lot of things. Hydropower has been around for a long time. The natural power of the water is converted into electricity, especially at dams.

Other renewable energies from nature are:

  • Solar energy: usable with the help of appropriate solar cells and connected batteries, solar energy can be used directly (e.g. for heating water in your own home) or stored or be fed into the network. There is a wealth of models!
  • Wind energy: energy is generated using wind turbines and turbines, very similar to the use of hydropower.
  • Geothermal energy: This process takes advantage of the natural heat in deeper layers of the earth's mantle.
  • Biogas: the “exhaust air” from farm animals produces methane gas, which is a renewable energy source known as biogas. Anyone who spends a long time in a cowshed understands why.


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Conventional energy sources and why they are so harmful

Our planet offers renewable energy sources in abundance. Unfortunately, they are still used relatively little. The majority of demand is met by so-called fossil fuels, including coal, oil and natural gas. At least some countries cover another part with nuclear power.

Fossil fuels were all created in ancient times through the decay of organic materials and have retained their characteristic properties over millions of years of compression in deeper layers of soil. They were gradually discovered as fuels during the industrial revolution and the emerging use of the steam engine.

The heavy consumption has its price - because fossil fuels are FINAL. Even the most extensive oil fields will be "empty" - and quite soon. A bleak outlook for a global economy that is currently unthinkable without fossil fuels. In addition, fossil fuels are burned. This releases pollutants that have a significant impact on the global climate. Almost irreversible. The constant “ignition” of gas, oil and coal does not contribute to the quality of life. Anyone who has experienced long traffic jams in a busy city center has experienced that prolonged inhalation of exhaust gases often makes you feel "off track" for days. So fossil fuels are all harmful. Nevertheless, industry, business and politics still cling to these energy sources in many areas.

What are the benefits of renewable energy?

Renewable energies are the future - not only are they not finite, but they are also much cleaner. Although sustainable energies also have their disadvantages, these are significantly fewer than conventional fossil fuels.

A change in thinking is slowly taking place - far too slowly, in the opinion of supporters. Nevertheless, the use of renewable energies is supported and subsidized. Cities and communities are becoming “green” either for sub-projects or entirely – for example through the comprehensive use of solar energy or geothermal energy. But the end consumer can also use renewable energies. The simplest way to use the power of the sun is with smaller, portable solar cells. Outdoor lighting, water heaters, even smaller batteries can be powered by solar energy. This works in your own home, but also in the apartment. The use of such “island solutions” is ideal for more remote, possibly isolated buildings and systems. This saves you the laborious and costly connection to the power grid.

In fact, most consumers primarily use solar energy in one form or another, be it for hot water for showering or with a handy little “solar pad” for camping and leisure to charge your cell phone. Renewable energies are no longer the exclusive domain of do-gooders, but have been part of everyday life for years. And they will play a much bigger role in the future!

It's not that difficult to take part

Anyone who is interested in the possibility of using renewable energies more or entirely, be it in the company or at home, will find a corresponding advice center in most communities, not only in Switzerland, but in almost all of Europe. Here you can find out about technically possible solutions as well as about competent specialist companies in the area, but also about the available government funding.

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