There is no limit to the applications for renewable energy sources. One of the more popular discussions on the Journal of Nuclear Physics is the potential use of E-Cat technology especially the Hot Cat, in desalination plants. It is hoped that desalination plants will be cheaper to run and more efficient because of the use of Hot Cats in the desalination process.
But even the furniture industry is looking at renewable energy. IKEA just recently announced that it is about to increase its budget in that area, and, according to CleanTechnica, to double their investments in this industry by 2020.
The total expenditures by 2020 will be $4 billion, and, if all goes as planned, each of their stores and subcontractors will receive 100% of their power from renewable sources.
IKEA expects that, even at the cost of $4 billion, the use of renewable energy will still represent a considerable savings to the company, which they hope will help to make their company’s goods to remain competitively priced.
Mikael Ohlsson, the CEO of the company, says that at the current expansion rate of the company, these savings will be crucial to success.
At this time, their alternative power is coming from solar panels and wind power. According to the CleanTechnica article, IKEA owns:
“a quarter of a million solar panels, and 126 wind turbines, covering 34% of its energy consumption.”
The company plans to get from 70 to 80% of its power from renewable sources by 2015. By 2016, they plan to sell only LED lights. They are also experimenting with solar solutions for various U.K. customers.
They consider this to not only be good business practices in that they’ll save money, but will also be a good example to other corporations. They hope to prove that renewable energy sources are cost competitive, worthy of the investment required.
With a company this open to renewable energy, the Hot Cat and E-Cat, developed by Andrea Rossi, will most certainly have a market, especially considering that these units are far more conservatively priced than either solar or wind power.