What is renewable energy
Renewable energy is generally defined as energy that comes from resources which are naturally replenished on a human timescale such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat, unlike Fossil Fuels that take thousands-millions of years to be created.
Renewable energy is also a lot cleaner than fossil fuels as there is little to no by-product, for example coal, when burned, gives off a lot of toxic fumes that can damage the environment and cause acid rain where as a Wind turbine does not produce anything harmful but you need somewhere to put them, which is not aesthetically pleasing.
How does solar PV work
The energy that you create can be used in your house/building or sold back to the grid for money.
The panels on the roof absorb solar energy from the sun and create DC energy, this is the converted and logged by the inverter and changed in AC energy. The AC energy is then put into your fuse board and can either be used to power your building or go through a meter and be sent back to the grid for profit.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Solar Energy
Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park, in London, United Kingdom, is a sporting complex built for the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Paralympics, situated to the east of the city adjacent to the Stratford City development. It contains the athletes’ Olympic Village and several of the sporting venues including the Olympic Stadium and London Aquatics Centre, besides the London Olympics Media Centre. The park is overlooked by the ArcelorMittal Orbit, an observation tower and Britain’s largest piece of public art.
The Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park is a very modern site and has a lot of renewable energy such as solar panels. Solar panels are a very efficient way of producing energy and are also compatible with almost anything.
At the Olympic park they have multiple solar arrays, they have one big one the carpark top floor, one on the Media Centre roof, one on the Timber lodge roof and there are also many lamp posts with solar panels on top. These have produced a lot of energy since they have been installed and have helped cut the cost of their electricity bills
Working at the Olympic Park
Working at the Olympic park was very interesting as I have never seen it before and I had never worked on Solar PV panels and arrays. We worked on a site run by Here East and it was one of the most modern sites I have ever seen, there was a facial recognition system to log you in and out of site, separate paths that you had to follow to get around site and really high and enforced Health and safety rules and requirements. All PPE was required at all times and it was very high security.
They had a target called Plan Zero, this is where they want to finish all work without any fatalities, they have been working for a few years now and so far this still looks promising.