Magnets and Renewable Energy
According to the Center For Climate and Energy Solutions, “renewable energy is the fastest-growing energy source in the United States, increasing 100 percent from 2000 to 2018.” From a global standpoint, global electricity generation is expected to rise to 45 percent by 2040. This means that renewable energy will be largely consumed for heating, cooling, and transportation. Noting renewable energy growth potential and the overall societal shift toward green energy, it is important to think about how your business can help minimize its carbon footprint.
When most people think of renewable energy, they may think of lithium inside of batteries; however, neodymium also plays an integral role in generating renewable energy. In all electrical motors and generators, there are permanent magnets inside, which are made of neodymium. Implementing neodymium permanent magnets in electric motors and generators allows the mechanical energy to continuously convert to electric energy. Since magnets are generally less expensive than batteries and don’t need to be recharged, neodymium magnets can alter the way your business produces renewable energy.
Now that you know the importance and benefits of renewable energy sourced from permanent magnets, we’re going to share some ways permanent magnets power renewable energy that could be implemented in your business.
All over the world, we see windmills appearing on hills, mountain ranges, and open landscapes that bring reliable energy without producing pollution in other forms of power. In basic terms, magnets remove the need for parts required in older generators, while decreasing the wind speed needed to produce the same amount of energy. Through its properties, permanent magnets convert flowing wind and water into renewable energy. Not only does this process help create renewable energy, but it will also make a lasting impact on our environment and society. According to the Wind Vision Report by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, “wind is a viable source of renewable energy in all 50 states by 2050.” Furthermore, wind energy “has the potential to support over 600,000 jobs in manufacturing, installation, maintenance, and supporting services by 2050.”
On a smaller scale, windmills and magnets are available to power individual houses. In this case, the wind is used to turn motors that will create electricity using permanent magnets. When these magnets interact with copper wire coiled around them, the electrons within the wires become excited, creating electricity that can power anything from washing machines to refrigerators.
Electric Motors in Transportation
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, transportation emits more greenhouse gases than any other sector in our economy. By replacing standard transportation with electric vehicles, we’ll be able to reduce climate-changing emissions. In electric vehicles, an electric current moves through the motor, and the electromagnet inside rotates and is connected to an axle that allows the car to move. Not only do the powerful magnets inside of electric vehicles help our environment and allow electric vehicles to move, but they can also make cars faster and higher performing. For instance, in race cars, strong neodymium magnets are used in the engine to make them drive faster without losing control or impacting the smoothness of the ride. When there’s an electric current moving through the motor, the electromagnet inside rotates and is connected to an axle that allows the car to move. For a deep dive into how electric vehicles use neodymium magnets to promote renewable energy, click here.
Another green initiative your company can take is riding an electric scooter or bicycle to the office. Not only is this a fun way to commute to the office, but it will also reduce your company’s overall carbon footprint. If your company has electric scooters and/or bicycles readily available to employees, they can travel to client meetings without creating climate-changing emissions.
Purchase Apex Magnets Today!
At Apex Magnets, we offer a wide range of neodymium permanent magnets that are ideal for producing clean energy. From windmills to electric motors, neodymium magnets play an integral role in creating renewable energy. Whether you know what type of magnet your business needs or you’re unsure, we’re here to help! Contact us today at 1.304.257.1193 to speak with one of our Apex Magnet experts and purchase your industrial magnets!
If you are looking for a specific magnet for a particular application, we also offer custom magnets! All you have to do is fill out our custom magnet request form, and we’ll review your RFQ within 1-2 business days. For a guide on how to get custom orders fast, click here.