Who Are Derwick Associates?

Derwick Associates is a leading energy firm established to meet the demand for sustainable energy. A Venezuelan company, they work to ensure that their customer needs are met.

Derwick Associates constructs power plans as well as supply equipment for energy plants across the country.

They are an integral part of the design process, beginning with engineering and procurement to construction of new power plants. They also can provide testing and commissioning of these plants Following construction, as well as continued operation and maintenance of the power plants.

In addition to providing sustaining energy solutions, Derwick Associates are dedicated to creating a positive social and ecological impact. This includes their work to improve schools close to their power plants, as well as encouraging sports, assisting with job education, and the safeguarding of Indigenous people. These projects are all created and run by the Foundation Hermogenes Lopez, a brainchild of Derwick Associates. The Foundation aims to help individuals, schools and communities.

With years of experience in their field, CEO Alejandro Betancourt Lopez and VP Pedro Trebbau Lopez have built up Derwick Associates to be one of the top energy companies, providing reliable and efficient services to all of their customers.

They have a wide range of experience, from:

  • Installation and start-up and commissioning.

  • Economic evaluations.

  • Construction.

  • Security and environment protection.

  • Operation and maintenance

  • Control and remote monitoring systems.

  • EPC, dedicated to provide solutions and installation services for simple cycle and combined cycle units and projects, as well as coal, wind and solar energy projects.

Energy Company Derwick Associates Helps Communities

Solar Energy and its benefits in today’s society by Derwick Associates

Solar energy is a renewable natural resource; which means that it will never be depleted. It is an energy source that has recently been tapped into, and in the near future it could easily turn into the most important energy source for use in homes, commercial buildings and industries. When radiations from nuclear fusions react deep within the Sun’s core, solar energy is produced. The sun sustains every living being on the planet due to all the heat and light it provides the Earth, therefore at Derwick Associates we ask: Why not harness all its power to sustain our energy needs?

The most obvious benefit of solar energy is that the sun shines almost every other day for free, plus the solar panels that are used to harness this free energy generate zero carbon dioxide emissions. Solar panels are made up of solar photovoltaic cells that convert the light directly into electricity, and the simplest solar cells provide power to watches and calculators, while more complex ones can power any building from homes to electricity grids. The type of solar cells that Derwick Associates commissions for its client require very little maintenance, plus they can last a lifetime.

Derwick Associates Venezuela Solar power eliminates the problem of lights going out when the electricity is cut off or when there is a power outage, with solar panels, there will always be electricity. What’s more, solar panels are silent; therefore in buildings such as hospitals it is more advantageous to use solar panels for electricity generation as there will be no noise pollution.

At Derwick Associates we know that businesses and organizations that change to relying on solar energy can reduce on their carbon footprint significantly. The use of fossil fuels contributes to large emissions of carbon dioxide, and this contributes to global warming, however given that solar energy does not emit any carbon dioxide gases, it is a more environmentally friendly energy source.

Solar panels are also beneficial especially since they can be installed in remote areas. This is convenient for industries that are collecting resources in remote locations, and that does not have access to an electricity grid, but need to rely heavily on electrical power.

If a home is fitted with solar panels that generate enough power to become independent of foreign or other energy sources, there could be a chance for more investment for that home, especially if the energy produced is more than enough needed. A utility company in the surrounding area of that home could purchase the extra energy that is being produced; thereby using up what is extra, and creating the chance for the homeowner to make more money.

Solar energy can power a number of appliances and equipment in and around the home, including water pumps; there are also solar panelled hot water heaters, solar attic fans, solar-assisted air-conditioning systems, and much more.

The world of solar energy is still a complex one, as more information and more ways of using it are still being discovered. However, the fact of the matter is that the technology for solar energy is constantly improving.

Derwick Associates – Construction of Nuclear Power Plants

The construction of a nuclear power plant is a huge and complex operation. Constructing a nuclear power plant is extremely expensive, but once the plant is operating, the fuel costs are relatively low compared to the cost of other fuels such as natural gas. Let’s take a look at the process of constructing a nuclear power plant to see why it is so costly and why it can take several years to complete.

Preparing to Build a Nuclear Power Plant

First, the energy company that wishes to construct a new nuclear power plant must apply for the necessary licenses from the regulatory authority. Next, a sufficient source of funding must be found. Pedro Trebbau Lopez Nuclear power plants often overrun the planned construction schedule, so there must be enough flexibility in the budget to cope with delays.

Once licenses have been granted and funding is in place, the site where the nuclear power plant is to be built must be prepared. This site should be located in an area that is not seismically active, as earthquakes can disrupt the operation of a nuclear power plant and lead to a nuclear disaster, as demonstrated by the Fukushima disaster in 2011. The site should preferably be located close to a natural supply of water, such as a lake or the ocean, as a large volume of water will be needed for cooling.

Building the Nuclear Power Plant

The nuclear reactor, where the fission that powers the plant takes place, is a relatively small chamber, but a large building must be constructed around the reactor to isolate it from the outside environment. Derwick Associates, The outer building must be strong enough to withstand natural disasters or terrorist attacks. The walls are constructed from concrete and steel and are several meters thick.

Another important part of the nuclear power plant is the engine house, which houses the computers that control the functioning of the nuclear reactor. Derwick Associates Venezuela Specialized computers are installed in the computer room to monitor the reactor and store data about its operation. Facilities for the human engineers who will work in this area of the nuclear power plant must also be constructed.

Nuclear Power Plant Construction Timeline

Building a nuclear power plant takes on average about 4-5 years. However, the need to find a suitable site and acquire licenses means that the entire construction process can stretch for over a decade. Once a nuclear power plant has been built, it can be safely operated for several decades before needing to be decommissioned.

Different Forms of Renewable Energy by Derwick Associates

A research carried out by Derwick Associates has revealed that fossil fuels are the most common energy source used by people today. However, there are other sources of energy that are cleaner and plentiful than oil and gas. Eventually, they will be the sources of energy that help us get to work, keep our houses warm and keep the city lights on at night. What are these alternate sources of energy that scientists are currently studying?

Wind Energy

Derwick Associates estimates that there is enough wind being generated on Earth to provide power to everyone on the planet. Wind energy is produced by large windmills that convert the wind into electricity. However, it takes hundreds or thousands of windmills in one location to provide the power needed to power even a single community. One goal that scientists are chasing is to harvest wind energy from the upper atmosphere. That is where the majority of the wind originates on Earth.

Solar Energy

For plants, sunlight is the main energy source that allows them to grow. For humans, the sun could also be a valuable energy source that could provide cheap power to millions of people. While solar power has already been proven to be a viable way to power our homes, government regulations have made it more expensive to produce solar panels in the United States. Until policies change, it may be decades before solar power becomes a mainstream energy source.

Geothermal Energy

Geothermal energy technology basically takes heat naturally generated underneath the Earth’s surface and uses it to provide cheap and efficient heating. According to a research carried out by Derwick Associates of Venezuela homeowners in recent years have taken advantage of geothermal heat pumps to warm their homes in the winter and then cool their homes in the winter. It can also provide hot water to showers and wherever else hot water is needed.

Hydroelectric Energy

Water is an amazing source of energy. When water gets moving fast enough, it can power the machines needed to transport electricity to people all around the world. The best part is that it rains almost everywhere on Earth. This means that there is the potential for a pond or a lake just about anywhere on the planet. Those living in poor countries may be able to tap into this cheap and efficient source of energy in the future as indicated by Leopoldo Alejandro Betancourt Lopez.

Biomass Energy

This type of energy is stored in plants and animals until they die. Examples of biomass include burning sugar cane, corn or cow dung. These energy sources are natural and abundant throughout the planet. In fact, it is one of the most popular energy sources on Earth today. Corn and sugar cane are currently being used to reduce our dependence on fossil fuel.

There are many different types of alternative energy sources that could one day reduce our consumption of fossil fuels. Future wind and solar power systems would be able to generate as much power as we need without releasing as much carbon dioxide into the air. That would create less pollution and make the air easier for everyone to breathe.

A research carried out by Derwick Associates has revealed that fossil fuels are the most common energy source used by people today. However, there are other sources of energy that are cleaner and plentiful than oil and gas. Eventually, they will be the sources of energy that help us get to work, keep our houses warm and keep the city lights on at night. What are these alternate sources of energy that scientists are currently studying?

Wind Energy

Derwick Associates estimates that there is enough wind being generated on Earth to provide power to everyone on the planet. Wind energy is produced by large windmills that convert the wind into electricity. However, it takes hundreds or thousands of windmills in one location to provide the power needed to power even a single community. One goal that scientists are chasing is to harvest wind energy from the upper atmosphere. That is where the majority of the wind originates on Earth.

Solar Energy

For plants, sunlight is the main energy source that allows them to grow. For humans, the sun could also be a valuable energy source that could provide cheap power to millions of people. While solar power has already been proven to be a viable way to power our homes, government regulations have made it more expensive to produce solar panels in the United States. Until policies change, it may be decades before solar power becomes a mainstream energy source.

Geothermal Energy

Geothermal energy technology basically takes heat naturally generated underneath the Earth’s surface and uses it to provide cheap and efficient heating. According to a research carried out by Derwick Associates of Venezuela homeowners in recent years have taken advantage of geothermal heat pumps to warm their homes in the winter and then cool their homes in the winter. It can also provide hot water to showers and wherever else hot water is needed.

Hydroelectric Energy

Water is an amazing source of energy. When water gets moving fast enough, it can power the machines needed to transport electricity to people all around the world. The best part is that it rains almost everywhere on Earth. This means that there is the potential for a pond or a lake just about anywhere on the planet. Those living in poor countries may be able to tap into this cheap and efficient source of energy in the future as indicated by Leopoldo Alejandro Betancourt Lopez.

Biomass Energy

This type of energy is stored in plants and animals until they die. Examples of biomass include burning sugar cane, corn or cow dung. These energy sources are natural and abundant throughout the planet. In fact, it is one of the most popular energy sources on Earth today. Corn and sugar cane are currently being used to reduce our dependence on fossil fuel.

There are many different types of alternative energy sources that could one day reduce our consumption of fossil fuels. Future wind and solar power systems would be able to generate as much power as we need without releasing as much carbon dioxide into the air. That would create less pollution and make the air easier for everyone to breathe.

Derwick Associates Look At Energy for the Future

Whether or not you subscribe to the view that climate change is a man-made phenomenon,  that it is within our power to do something about, it has to be admitted that our current reliance on oil and other fossil fuels for our energy needs leaves us vulnerable, not only to interruptions to supply and the ever present threat of increased prices, but also to the effects of pollution on the air we breathe, the water we drink and the wildlife we depend on to maintain the ecological balance required to support human life on this planet.

Derwick Associates believe that our present methods of energy production are both inefficient and unsustainable, especially in view of the growing industrialisation of countries such as China, India and others. So, we can continue exploring for, and exploiting, new sources of oil, gas, coal etc., with the resultant environmental damage that will bring about, or we can invest in developing more sustainable, efficient and non-polluting technologies.

There are many who believe that renewable forms of energy production can never make a realistic contribution to our energy needs, but Derwick Associates Venezuela and Pedro Trebbau Lopez aren’t one of them.  Portugal has recently announced that, in the first (and coldest) quarter of 2013, 70% of its energy needs were met by wind and water power (The Portugal News, April 6th, 2013). This is not to say that this could be achieved in all countries, where energy demands may be much higher, but it certainly suggests that renewables can provide a viable alternative to our present over-dependence on fossil fuels. We will never know just how great that contribution could be if we do not commit ourselves to greater research and investment into such renewable resources.

Leopoldo Alejandro Betancourt Lopez and Alejandro Betancourt Lopez believe that all methods of power generation have their negative impacts – hydroelectric plants often require the flooding of valleys, displacement of people, dam construction and many people consider wind farms unsightly and noisy – but some have greater and more far-reaching impacts than others. In establishing a sustainable energy policy for the future, we need to weigh the positive and the negative impacts of each method.

Advocates of nuclear power like Derwick Associates will try to convince us that this is the way forward, claiming it is clean, cheap and non-polluting, but the lessons of Chernobyl and Fukushima should make us think very carefully before going down this road, as the consequences of accidents in these plants can be devastating for generations to come. Nuclear enthusiasts will tell us that modern technology means those kinds of accidents could not happen in new nuclear plants but, even if we believe that, there is still no good answer to the question of how to dispose of radioactive waste, which remains hazardous for thousands of years. Reporters from Der Spiegel have recently discovered barrels of nuclear waste, close to the French coastline, that were dumped in the English Channel in the 1950s and ’60s (Der Spiegel, April 12th, 2013). It is hard to believe that this was ever thought to be a satisfactory way of disposing of such hazardous waste but, 20 years after dumping nuclear waste at sea was banned, the company which is currently operating the Fukushima plant, is again considering dumping radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean!

Burial deep underground seems to be the currently favoured method of ‘disposal’, but this is not a satisfactory solution, and still involves the transport of this extremely hazardous waste over great distances, especially as new sites for such disposal become more difficult to find. Also, if things can go so badly wrong in comparatively rich countries, such as Japan and the, then, USSR how much more likely are such devastating accidents in countries with emerging economies, where Health and Safety is not so high on the list of priorities and corners are more likely to be cut to reduce costs?

Those who favour nuclear power also claim that it is cheap, but its ‘cheapness’ to the consumer generally relies on huge government subsidies. If such subsidies were available for the development of renewable energy sources, the unit cost to consumers would be considerably cheaper. Nuclear power is neither financially, or environmentally, cheap and we will be counting the cost for many years to come.

Production of energy using solar technology has been criticised in the past for not being either cost-effective or energy-efficient (panels require a great deal of energy to produce) but this situation is now changing, as more countries invest in the development of the technology. Newer technologies like those used by Derwick Associates look set to reduce the energy used in production by reducing waste, using less silicon and even replacing silicon with elements such as copper, zinc and carbon. Many countries, including Germany, Japan and India are now investing heavily in these technologies, with the aim of producing a growing percentage of their energy needs from them.

According to Leopoldo Alejandro Betancourt Lopez, wind and water power are the other two main contenders for large-scale energy production and, again, there is growing interest and investment in these technologies. As wind farms continue to spring up all over the countryside, there are many who object to them as being a ‘blot on the landscape’, but they must consider whether they would really prefer a nuclear power station in their place. And in choosing sites for dams and reservoirs, those responsible must show a sensitivity to the environment and the concerns of any current inhabitants of the area to be affected, before making their decisions.

There is no easy solution to the problems we face in generating enough energy to meet the demands of the seven billion plus inhabitants of this planet, without the total degradation of the planet and the systems we depend on to support us. But we should not rush into pursuing any one method because it appears to be the cheapest and cleanest in the short-term. We are only just beginning to really see the potential of renewable sources, as investment increases and new technologies are developed which make them more efficient and cost-effective. Now is the time to make some very important decisions about how we will meet our future energy needs.

One thought on “Who Are Derwick Associates?

  1. There was a time, when Venezuelan thugs caught in the act used to recourse to a form of intimidation that had no legs to stand on: paid advertisement in regime-aligned media. I remember with particular fondness, how a couple of such small time crooks from one ‘North American Opinion Research’ pollster, Julio Makarem and Ricardo Valbuena, decided that the best way of dealing with publication of their dubious track record was to appeal to Hugo Chavez and his regime’s authorities to open an investigation about me and other bloggers, who had either contributed to investigations about their dodgy affairs or had echoed our findings. Needless to say that, most unfortunately for Makarem and Valbuena, no investigation was launched and their reputations were laid to waste forevermore.

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