Alternative Methods To Create Renewable Energy
Resources are dwindling when it comes to the planet’s energy needs. Approximately 93% of the resources needed to provide energy are non-renewable. Estimates place the end of fossil fuels between 50-120 years. Renewable energy will need to take over a large portion of our fuel usage once fossil reserves are depleted.
Renewable energy should be the first step in a new path towards viable and safe energy production and although we are already familiar with the common methods of generating energy on a renewable basis, there are many alternative ways to create reusable energy that are only starting to be considered as viable.
Let’s look at the original sources first; solar power, wind, geothermal. These are all still practical and effective forms of gathering energy. Solar panels can be found on roofs all across the world. Wind turbine farms are scattered around the globe, taking advantage of a valuable natural resource. In fact you shouldn’t be surprised to see floating wind farms on the oceans. These provide more power due to higher levels of wind activity above the ocean surface and are not affected by local environment such as hills or trees. Two other methods include:
As hydrogen is a clean burning fuel, it’s potentially a viable source of energy. In fact, a by-product of using hydrogen is water. It also contains a high level of energy, meaning it would be a productive source for widespread use.
Unfortunately, the difficulty lies in that it requires a high level of energy going into producing it, making it quite inefficient. For the moment.
Using algae as a source of biofuel is useful because there is abundance worldwide. Although similar to fossil fuels in that the refined algae is burned to produce energy, the CO2 that is usually created (like in coal or oil), is absorbed by the rest of the algae.
These newer alternative methods have been put forward and range from interesting to the innovative. It’s important to note that some methods are not yet as efficient as hoped for, but these initial stages of development are still important as it highlights that we are at least trying to source renewable energy via different methods in preparation for the future.
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