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Alternative Energy Source Pros and Cons

Due to increasing global energy consumption and the probable depletion of the world’s non-renewable energy source, ways of exploring and using alternative energy sources are being undertaken. Using alternative energy source can be both beneficial and difficult. Let us explore the different pros and cons of alternative energy source.

A major advantage of renewable energy is that it is renewable therefore it is sustainable and will never run out. More importantly renewable energy produces little or no waste products that may pollute or has harmful effects on the environment.

Some countries using renewable energy as another source of energy are also showing some economic benefits especially in many regional areas. Most of their projects are located away from the urban centers and capital cities. They were able to increase the use of local services as well as tourism.

General disadvantage of using renewable energy is that it is difficult to generate large quantities of electricity similar to that of conventional fossil fuels. Another common problem among alternative energy sources is the reliability of the energy supply. Since it is naturally generated, enewable energy supply relies on the weather condition.

Another drawback or disadvantage of alternative energy source is that it is relatively more expensive to set up the equipment necessary for generating the energy.

Here are the several advantages and disadvantages of alternative energy source.

• Solar energy- the sun is a great source of energy since it is free and is efficient. It is possible to maximize the energy given by the sun to replace traditional electricity. But there are limitations, like areas at high latitude and places with frequent rains are places not capable of producing efficient solar energy.

• Wind energy- wind is also an efficient electricity source. It is possible that wind energy can replace up to 20 percent of the total electric consumption in the future. It is also a very environment friendly source of energy since there are no harmful gases produced in the process of converting the energy. Location is a very important factor in using wind energy, high latitudes and coast lines are good places to set up windmills. A relatively big land area is also needed to put up sufficient number of windmills.

• Hydroelectric and tidal energy- both of these energy come from water. With hydroelectric energy it is mainly sourced from dams. Tidal energy, on the other hand, uses the natural tides of the ocean. Production of energy from water is another clean way of producing energy. However there are several disadvantages. Putting up river dams as sources of hydroelectric energy is very expensive, while tidal energy source depends much on the ocean. Since oceans tends to unpredictable there are only 9 places worldwide that are suitable for this kind of energy source. And tidal energy power plants are also said to provide negative effects on the migratory birds and the fishes.

• Biomass- biomass consists of fermented animal waste, agricultural crops, grains and other natural products. It can be used to produce an alcohol and also replace gasoline needs. It maximizes waste materials as an alternative energy source. A drawback, it that it still produces greenhouse gas.

Alternative energy sources although it is renewable also pose some disadvantages. But its unfavourable effects are relatively smaller than the harmful effects of conventional fossil fuels. The hunt for a cost-efficient and environmental friendly alternative energy source does not stop on the latest discovery.

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Altronics Solar And Wind Energy

The Honeywell Wind Turbine


The Honeywell wind turbine features the innovative Blade Tip Power System™. The BTPS utilizes a system of magnets and stators surrounding its outer ring to capture power at the blade tips where speed is greatest, practically eliminating mechanical resistance and drag. The size, weight, and quiet design sets it apart from others in the industry.


The only way we feel we can make an impact on the world is if we work together.  The Altronics Energy network spreads all across North America.  With our teams utilizing the wind every day we get closer to our green energy goals every hour.
At Altronics Energy we manufacture and distribute the Honeywell Wind Turbine that was developed by WindTronics. We also manage the North American Dealer Network and offer training courses to installers and dealers across the globe.

Our Roots

Altronics Energy’s true success spurs from the roots of its parent company Altron Automation, Inc. With a small budget and one customer back in 1989, the owners of both companies began their first business. From there, they grew into a 100-plus employee company nestled in Hudsonville, MI. Altron designs and builds custom automated systems for various applications. With the fall of the Michigan auto industry in 2008, Altron made some strategic changes and saved the company and its employees by opening doors to new ventures, including the medical, food and green energy sectors.

Enter WindTronics

One of the first alternative energy lines to walk into Altron’s doors was WindTronics, a company headquartered in Muskegon, MI. Altron accepted a challenge it had never experienced before and designed an assembly solution to create a wind turbine in only five minutes. The trick of it all was that the turbine was being designed in parallel with the line. After a few months of working day to day with the WindTronics team, Altron developed close relationships and began to carry the same passion for the product and its possibilities as WindTronics.

The Birth of Altronics Energy

In November of 2009, Altron presented a new idea, a new name and a new face of its company to the staff of WindTronics. Altronics Energy was just a PowerPoint presentation with a few clip art pictures and a homemade logo with the hopes of becoming a distributor, installer and trainer for these wind turbines. After that day, everything snowballed into extremely fast growth. Soon, quality concerns arose with various subcomponents of the turbine and Altron engineers stepped in to help solve these challenges.

Problem Solvers

Altron’s best attribute is its problem-solving abilities. It all started with the wheel, then the quad (the electrical components), the roof mount and the stators soon followed. Altron spent 22 years building a one-time job assembly line for some other company who would then go and make money off Altron’s design. Now it was Altron’s turn to use its own equipment to make product. Altron and Altronics Energy teamed up to design the best way to manufacture the sub-components with optimum quality.  Altronics Energy became manufacturers of the wind turbine using Altron Automation’s expertise to design assembly systems for them. The line allowed for minimal human error, incredible precision and fast processes. Soon, Altronics knew more about the product than anyone, and this, in turn, aided its pursuit to be distributors, installers and trainers. After all, who better to install and manage the turbine than the people who build it?

Altronics Energy currently distributes and manages all dealers for the Honeywell Wind Turbine across North America. Visit our manufacturing page here.


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