The New Negawatt Technology

When does saving one of anything ever result in actually saving three or four? When we're talking about electricity, of course. The reason is simple: Most of our electricity comes from the burning of fuels like coal and natural gas. That process results in a lot of waste heat. After converting the fuel, we then send the electricity through miles and miles of wires, where it loses more of the energy that was originally in the fuel (called source energy or primary energy).

Take a look at the diagram below. It's from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and shows the energy flows in the US for the year 2014. Those diagrams show the inputs and outputs, so you can see the big picture of energy supply and consumption easily.

One addition to the LLNL diagram that's really nice is the grey lines that show 'rejected energy.' Do you see where the thickest grey line is? Right after the yellow box called "Electricity Generation."  This is why we call this phenomenon the Electricity Multiplier Effect. This is just one example of how negawatt technologies work. 

The primary energy that goes into electricity generation is 39.49 quadrillion BTUs (usually shortened to quads). About half of that is from coal. The amount of electricity that gets delivered is 12.71 quads. Divide the delivered electricity by the primary energy that went into making it, and you find that we're getting 32% efficiency out of our electricity generation here in the US.

That's about one third. What that means is that for every 3 units of primary energy you're getting about 1 unit of usable electricity. Of course, we don't use that energy at 100% efficiency in our homes, so that reduces our take further.

Here's where we need to change our perspective. Yes, looking at the waste of primary energy can be depressing, but let's turn it around. When you save 1 kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity in your home, you're actually reducing primary energy use by 3 kWh. Wow! What an opportunity. Saving a little can actually save a lot. This is one of the reasons Amory Lovins has been talking about 'negawatts' for several decades and a negawatt technology could be a game changer.

What Is A Negawatt?

We happen to find energy flows extremely interesting, but you don't have to be a building science geek to see that home energy efficiency can have a big environmental impact. Those 3 kWh of primary energy that you save for each 1 kWh reduction means less pollution from the power plant, less mountaintop removal to get coal out of the ground, less transportation energy to ship coal across the country...

Take advantage of the multiplier effect. Your energy-saving actions are more significant than they may seem and it may just get you interested in the emerging megawatt technology opportunities that are quickly coming to market. 

Air Barriers - What Are They?

Air leaks in buildings causes drafts, and drafts cost you money. The AireBarrier Platform lets you spray a coat of foam insulation over cracks and holes in your building, creating an air barrier, to help keep the temperature of your building from varying so much. The proper use of an air barrier to stop an air leak has proven to significantly reduce heating and cooling costs, improve building durability and create a healthier indoor environment.

Why Do Existing Building Matter?

With the introduction of the Spray Foam Hybrid,  Sealant Technologies will strive to become the leader in the emerging portable spray sealant equipment market which will allow many businesses to offer energy efficiency as a value proposition to their core business offering.

The company is in business to allow other individuals and businesses to focus on being profitable by providing a high performance platform that enables businesses to exceed expectations while meeting project deadlines.  Personnel are available to provide the right products and equipment and the necessary comprehensive knowledge and instruction to enable efficient and effective implementation and execution.

Patent & Patent Pending

For over 7 years, Sealant Technologies, Inc. has been developing a simple to use portable spray foam system that delivers two component polyurethane chemicals simply and affordably. The Spray Foam Hybrid launches in 2017, and it allows the operator to apply spray foams, air barriers and even air seal existing residential houses in a very affordable and seamless way. This allows the business to focus on doing what they do best, which is to make money. Do you have a house or a building that is in need of retrofitting? Why not add energy efficiency to that project? The Spray Foam Hybrid is the ultimate in portable spray foam machines.