Five Ways Sustainable Energy Is Taking Over in 2016
More and more people are changing their energy supply over to a sustainable energy source. The future of energy supply is changing. For energy users to move towards sustainable energy they must understand it. Here are five ways researchers are trying to make energy supplies more sustainable, creating a cleaner future for everyone!
Solar is one of the most powerful forms of sustainable energy and it has been established for years! In recent years solar power has been receiving more funding from governments and home owners have taken interest into bringing sustainable energy into their own homes. Solar Power is gaining attention from both the public and private sectors and it one of the most recognised forms of modern sustainable energy technology. In 2015 the U.S. Department of the Navy made a huge investment into sustainable energy. They agreed to a solar farm partnership with Sempra and the Western Area Power Administration. Some of the worlds most powerful private companies like Apple and Kaiser Permanente have invested billions of pounds into solar development. The more interest solar power is getting from big corporations and governments means the more advanced solar technology will become. The results of this are already showing. In 2010 The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) launched the SunShot initiative which aims to make solar energy cost-competitive. This project was reviewed in 2015 and it has made a massive advance in technology and funding. In January 2016, the DoE gave $18 million in funding to six different projects all across the USA which planned on developing more accessible and cost-efficient solar power. The UK are also making advancements in solar technology. Solar power works by capturing the sun’s energy. The SUS energy has photovoltaic cells which can harvest power. It is not wholly accurate that Solar panels need direct sunlight to work. Solar panels can generate some electricity on duller days. They electricity which is created by solar power can be used to run household appliances and even lighting. The government in the UK are promoting household sustainable energy through the Feed-in Tariff. If your home is generating its own electricity you could save money on your energy bills. The government pay for every kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity that is generated through the Feed-in Tariff (FiT). Also if you are generating excess electricity you can earn cash by giving any spare electricity the Grid.
There are lots of opportunities for wind power production in the whole of the UK. The beauty of wind farming is that energy can be produced in empty, unused spaces. Globally wind power is becoming more attractive.
- 2 percent of Australias overall electricity is produced by wind farming
- 5 percent of Canadas electricity is produced by wind farming
- 5 percent United States electricity is produced by wind farming
Globally and especially in the EU those numbers will increase in the next ten years or so with engineers investing their time power generation. Wind power is at its maximum potential when it is at a high altitude. If a wind firm harnesses more forceful winds it will generate more energy
Nuclear energy is much more popular than the average consumer would think and apparently 20% of the USAs energy in the two decades has come from a nuclear power source. The energy community is investing into nuclear energy and are working hard to promote nuclear energy initiatives. Nuclear energy has lots of capabilities to offer and the more that engineers research about it the safer it will become. Nuclear Energy Statistics UK
- The UK has 15 reactors that generate 21% of its electricity
- The first of some 19 GWe of new-generation plants is expected to be on line by 2025.
- The government aims to have 16 GWe of new nuclear capacity operating by 2030
- Each of three major projects involved in new nuclear build has a reactor vendor involved with 10%, 60% and 100% of equity respectively
The European Union have set a target to gather 20% of their energy generation from sustainable sources by 2020. The UK Government have agreed to this goal and have vowed to reduce the UKs carbon emissions by 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. Offshore wind farms have been creating tidal energy for many years and have been under a lot of scrutiny for charging the natural look of our coast lines. However, our seas are home to countless energy projects, that are vital in restoring our energy supplies. Tidal power is gaining traction and can be referred to as the sister resource to wind power. Tidal power is created by floating hydraulic pumps that are fed by the motion of ocean currents, generating energy. Tidal power may have caused some concerns in the past but it is unarguable that sustainable energy is creating vast amounts of power. It is also is gaining popularity in coastal regions, especially industrial ones where different forms of energy production are lacking.
With celebrities and politicians promoting green living agendas, environmental issues have been at the forefront of social media and news. For a long time, climate change has been linked to the worlds greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide. Researchers have been experimenting with carbon captured and reusing the gas as another form of energy. So far Researchers have looked into capturing damaging fossil fuels like coal to see if we can reuse it can create a new cost-effective energy source. “In the short term, in order to develop the technology, we probably will enable more use of hydrocarbons, which makes environmentally conscious people uncomfortable But its a necessary thing we have to do to get the technology out there and learn how to make it more efficient Chris Jones, Chemical Engineer, Georgia Institute of Technology
Facts About Sustainable Energy
Sustainable energy is advancing at an incredible speed but did you know that in 1921 Albert Einstein was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution in solar experiments. With sustainable research going on since then it is crazy to think that more of us are not invested in sustainable energy production. Soon enough we may be forced to join the sustainable revolution as it is predicted that we could run out of natural gas and oil reserves in as soon as 50 years! By going solar our sun could produce enough energy to sustain the Earths needs for 500, 000 years. Global energy demand is set to grow by 33% from 2010 into 2035, therefore it is important that we invest in sustainable energy quickly.