While many are aware of the energy crisis that the planet is facing, few are doing something about it. Maybe they are justified in thinking that. Conventional energy sources rely on fossil fuels: crude oil, natural gas, and coal, along with their refined products and byproducts. These fuels are very efficient and can be converted into energy by relatively small machines. They are also very versatile since these machines, with minimal modification, can convert mechanical energy into other forms like electricity or heat. A small number of refined petroleum products can be used to make machines only about four cubic feet power an entire house for a long period. The drawback, however, is the amount of carbon dioxide burning these fossil fuels release into the air.
Why mention carbon dioxide at all? Because there is evidence that links the increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in the air with the increase in the Earth’s temperature. This phenomenon, called global warming, is widely believed to be the cause of climate change, where local and planetary weather patterns change, causing unusual meteorological phenomena to become quite common, one of them being an increase in the size, strength, and frequency of hurricanes.
Alternative sources of energy are dubbed “green” technology because they reduce carbon emissions. Many of them are being tapped today, like geothermal power, windmills, tidal generators, and solar panels. Each of them has its pros and cons but the one with the most potential to be the energy source of the future is solar technology. Here’s why.
Geothermal vents give off a lot of hot steam from inside the earth and we can tap this heat source to turn turbines that drive generators, producing electricity. However, geothermal vents can easily change with a shift in the Earth’s crust. When that happens, the vent loses heat and steam and loses its capacity to produce energy.
Windmills, meanwhile, require a lot of space to be efficient. They need to be in a sparsely populated and windy spot, mounted on a tall structure. This makes the ideal place for them to be very specific and only a few of these places have been identified.
Tidal generators are placed on the ocean floor on a place where ocean currents are powerful and fast enough to turn the turbine. Since the installation of these machines is extremely expensive, you will need to install a lot of them at a particular place to be cost-effective, meaning the return of investment is low and slow.
Solar panels are the most versatile of these alternative energy sources. They can be installed on the roof of a home, on the sides or roof of a building, on desert land, even mounted on a backpack. They have the most consistent power source, the sun. State and federal legislation may soon allow for more incentives for those who use solar power so that means there would be more savings for them. But the trump card is that anybody can use solar energy, with all the options the technology has to offer.
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