We all need to ask ourselves how important it is to:
- Get from A to B as quickly as possible.
- Heat our interior during winter instead of wearing warm clothes at home.
- Use air-conditioning systems during summer.
For all these comforts we require energy. I recently overheard a government employee suggesting the interesting notion, that we should all simply switch off the electricity for one day per year. My first thought was, "Rubbish!" But after some deliberation I thought to myself, "Yes, it could bring our environmental consciousness on environmental conservation, climate control and species protection to a whole new intellectual level."
Many people complain about bird deaths caused by wind energy systems. When we conduct a little research we will discover figures ranging from 1,000 to 150,000 birds killed by wind energy systems per year (sources: BWE, Bund or Die Welt).
Yet the same research also reveals that between 5 to 10 million (in real numbers: 5,000,000 to 10,000,000) birds fall prey to highway traffic and high voltage power lines per year.
Figures provided by the Naturschutzbund (source:http://www.nabu.de/tiereundpflanzen/voegel/tippsfuerdiepraxis/01079.html) are even more disturbing: between 100 million to 1 billion (in real numbers: 100,000,000 to 1,000,000,000) annual bird deaths are cause by glass panels (window fronts and green houses, etc.).
Numerous bird species are listed on the red list of First Category Endangered Species.
Nevertheless, it is well known, that a global rise in temperatures will lead to a rising occurrence of violent wind storms with ever increasing intensity. Therefore I feel that, while striving to protect endangered species, we will be repeatedly required to prioritize climate control because, when the climate changes, more endangered species will perish than we could ever imagine.
We at X-Wind don’t have all the answers to all the problems, but we are certain that with renewable energy from X-Wind systems, a majority of the problems facing us can be alleviated or even prevented altogether.
More than 80% of our energy is produced by green house gas emitting technologies!
A major factor of global warming is CO2 emission, which is caused by the burning of fossil fuels. NTS has developed an energy producing system that will satisfy the requirements of 30,000 households (US market) or 70,000 people.
With the application of a 120 GWh power plant using our technology, each NTS crosswind system would avoid the emission of 102,720 tons of CO2, 108.9 tons SO2 equivalent, 68.3 tons Nox, and 3312 tons dust and fuel ash. (source: contaminant calculation by the Federal Association for Wind Energy).
With the global increase in energy demands also come growing demands and challenges made on environmental protection by the energy producers.
Yet adherence to legal provisions and commitment to environmentally conscious conduct alone does not get us there. Creating the parameters that ensure optimal consideration of environmental aspects is equally important. Hence NTS has integrated a sustainability and environmental management framework into its business concept. The Company’s credo proclaims the clear intentions of NTS to integrate climate and environmental protection as key strategic tasks into its business endeavours. Annual audits will ensure that we continually review and improve our processes.
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In order to reach the 2°C target it will ultimately be required to curtail all further greenhouse emission by between 2015 and 2020 at the latest and then continue to reduce them by a further 50% to reach 1990 levels by 2050.
For a fair load distribution greenhouse emissions in industrial countries must be reduced by 80% by 2050 to reach 1990 levels in order to effectively contribute to the global reduction of CO2 and equivalents to an average of 50% of 1990 levels.
Global climate change during the last 100 years
A middle impact scenario estimates a global rise in temperatures of between 1.8°C (+/- 1.1-2.9) and 4°C (+/- 2.4-6.4).
If greenhouse emissions are not reduced and stabilized, the targeted 0.2°C rise over the next 30 years is highly unlikely.
Even with a stabilization of CO2 concentration by 2100, climate change will continue to occur throughout the 21st Century and sea levels will also continue to rise.
A low impact scenario stipulates a rise in sea levels of between 18cm and 38cm and a high impact scenarios demonstrates a rise of between 26cm and 59cm. These scenarios, however, have not yet considered polar ice dynamics and the uncertainties confronting the carbon feedback cycle. Meteorological extremes are expected to occur during the 21st Century with increasing intensity and frequency.
Environmental impact statements on regional climatic changes are more difficult to predict and remain uncertain.
According to the scenario studies the fundamental climate changes prognozed for Europe include:
A mean rise in temperature of 2 – 6.6°C from 1990 to 2100 with the highest increases expected in Southern Europe (Spain, Italy, Greece) and North Eastern Europe (Finland and Western Russia);
Increasing frequency of hot summers especially in Southern Europe;
Winter periods will continue to warm up faster than summer periods except for Southern Europe;
A broad increase in rainfall of 1-2% per decade in North Eastern Europe with a possibly simultaneous decrease in rainfall in Southern Europe by up to 1% per decade. During summer the climate differences between Northern and Southern Europe are distinctively visible (North Eastern Europe: up to 2% per decade, Southern Europe: up to –5% per decade).
For Germany, the regional climate models of the UBA (Umweltbundesamt) are used to estimate the likelihood of climate change. The following eventualities can be deduced for climate development in Germany by 2100:
A rise in temperatures is highly likely. According to calculations from the different scenarios compared to levels recorded between 1961 and 1990 temperatures will rise 2-3% by 2100.
The simulations indicate only minor changes in annual rainfall, though “rainfall during summer periods are likely to decrease significantly”
Unfortunately, many people are still convinced that “a little warmer will do no harm.” What is even more unfortunate is that people don’t understand that warmer means more intense.
It is not just a matter of arctic ice melting and vast land masses virtually “sinking”.
A much more disturbing factor is the expected fluctuation in atmospheric temperature. The higher the temperature fluctuations the more severe wind storms will be in order to equilibriate temperatures between the equator and the arctic poles. According to statistics from Proclim the intensity of turbulent storms between 1950 and 2000 has more than doubled from approximately 0.4 - >0.8 based on the PDI (Power Dissipation Index).
It is not just the intensity we should worry about but also the frequency. Statistically, the mean number storms has risen by 500% between 1970 and 2006 ( refer diagram. Source: UBA ).
All that may still leave some people unmoved but lets consider the costs. Statistics from Allianz (source: http://www.bcm-news.de/wp-content/uploads/allianz-rising-costs-of-disaster.jpg) indicate that the costs of environmental catastrophes, which we are all liable for, have risen by 1500% since 1970 from approximately 2 billion Euros to approximately 30 billion Euros in 2010 and are expected to be 40 billion Euros in 2019.
X-Wind and Sustainability
We are in the process of using and distributing our valuable natural resources, that took millions of years to form, within a few short centuries as if we had a second planet to fall back on.
The X-Wind management therefore commits itself to comply with and further enhance environmentally conscious development. Compliance with industry environmental regulatory standards, as well as the Company's own environmental standards, is the basic principle of NTS sustainability and environmental management systems.
Monitoring of environmental management systems: regular reviews will ensure the updating of the sustainability and environmental management policy through internal and external audits for documentation and assessment.
Promotion and motivation for environmental consciousness: with seminars and access to research information we will train our staff to conduct their work with environmental awareness and responsiblility.
Objectives of the sustainability and environmental management policy: The objective of the aap sustainability and environmental management policy is to develop and adopt products and services only when they have proven to achieve a sustainable edge on other technological developments used in products and services already on the energy market.
The management commits itself to informing and consulting all involved parties (clients, suppliers, investors and employees) about sustainability and environmental impact issues pertaining to products and services of X-Wind Powerplants UG. The reduction of adverse environmental impact is the primary goal of the Company and the Company strives to achieve this with appropriate methods and procedures.
We aim to continually improve our environmental policy to further enhance sustainability and environmental protection.
Danger and emergency prevention: danger and emergency plans as well as details operational safety manuals will be provided and regularly reviewed.
Public information: The X-Wind management will actively consult the public on the Company’s progress with environmental development matters.
You can contact us here to receive pdfs of our environmental management handbook and natural design philosophy. We are pleased to keep you posted on our development progress here at X-Wind.
Our sustainability and environmental management policy will be standardized according to DIN EN ISO 14001.
Markets and profitability
The energy market is a billion-dollar-market.
The turnover generated in the energy sector is increasingly shifting from fossil fuel to renewable energy systems. Electricity produced in Germany from renewable resources rose to 550 TWh in 2017, up from 80 TWh in 2006 (source: https://www.ise.fraunhofer.de/content/dam/ise/de/documents/publications/studies/daten-zu-erneuerbaren-energien/Stromerzeugung_2017.pdf).
On account of the expected rise in global demand for clean energy systems together with the universal application of X-Wind systems, we can assume that X-Wind systems will have a part in this huge emerging market.
Once the Cross Wind Prototype is completed more systems will be constructed in series. According to pending project results we can safely assume that we will develop 3 to 5 system types with a capacity of between 12 and 200 MW. Sale and subsequent operation and maintenance are lucrative business sectors which NTS will all cater for. Wind energy systems are not only profitable in Germany but also in many other countries. Because X-Wind systems have a much higher degree of efficiency compared to traditional wind energy, they will not only be cost-effective in these countries but also very profitable.
The X-Wind Principle can be applied to the generation of energy on an environmentally friendly and long-term basis: consistent continental winds are accessible and can be utilized worldwide as long as “the sun still shines.” Enormous quantities of fossil fuels can be conserved and repurposed for better uses.
Experts agree that energy prices as well as installation and operating costs of energy systems will continue to markedly rise.
Prices of CO2 certificates are also expected to rise which creates a further source on income for NTS. Certificate prices at the Leipzig stock exchange were reported to be 5 Euro/ton in June 2017
(source: www.eex.com). Multiply this price by 102,720 tons of CO2 saved by one of our 120GWh systems, and it will generate about 0.5 m Euro income (see also climate protection on our website).
The permanent wind currents harnessed by X-Wind systems will also be freely available in the future therefore an expected mid to long-term profitability of at least 12% will continue to increase.