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What is Alternate Energy?
A source of energy aside from fossil fuels is called an alternate energy. But for it to be called such, it must not have the negative consequences of using fossil fuels. A big part of the energy utilized by the world today comes from this source. However, the results of using fossil fuels can be very harmful. Burning them can result to high carbon dioxide emissions, which leads to global warming. Alternative energy sources are considered to be potential replacements of fossil fuels, but for a source to be counted, it must first possess certain characteristics. It must be:
Renewable. The need for energy is always present. Therefore, the source must be available and supply must not be limited.
Clean. As mentioned, fossil fuels must be replaced because of the negative consequences they bring. An alternative energy must not produce carbon emissions as well as toxic byproducts. If using the source can lead to further pollution of the environment, then there is no use for it to replace fossil fuels.
The Different types of Alternative Energy
Solar Energy. Technology empowered by solar energy can improve the quality of air and energy security.
Wind Energy. Wind as an energy source is clean. It can also match up to other sources of energy today.
Solar and wind energy are great examples of renewable energy. The sun is an abundant source of energy and it is definitely not going to run out anytime soon. The same goes for the wind.
Geothermal Energy. The heat from the earth is used to provide electricity.
Nuclear Energy. Electricity is produced by steam that turns turbines. Nuclear energy is actually
not totally considered as an alternative energy because of radioactive materials. But, there are other types of nuclear energy that are still being studied today.
Hydroelectric Power. Water as a power source is very clean.
Today, more and more organizations are starting to realize the significant benefits of using alternative energy. Aside from the environmental benefits it brings, using alternative energy also brings in savings for businesses because technologies that operate on this kind of energy source are much cheaper. Nations and citizens are starting to invest in these technologies, too. Car companies are facing the problem of increasing gas prices.
They have started investing in research and development of the different ways to operate vehicles. Another good thing about this are the endless possibilities of the energy sources found in nature. Sources that are being used today are just a fraction of what nature can offer. There’s saltwater power, piezoelectricity, biofuel and ethanol, ocean thermal energy conversion, hydrogen, helioculture, and many more. There are companies that aim to discover these other sources, which is a good thing for nature and for the people.
In order for alternative energy sources to become more popular, it is highly important to spread information regarding the processes involved and the benefits that they can bring to the world. Availability of alternative energy should also match the demand for it.