Published on October 5th, 2013 | by Guest Contributor1
The Future Is Renewable
The search for ways to meet our energy needs whilst also making sure that we don’t strip the planet of its natural resources is something that more people than ever are becoming concerned with. The desire to cut back on emissions and reduce our carbon footprint is becoming a consideration in so many of the choices we make every day. The interest in new technologies and innovative approaches to solving energy problems is therefore growing all the time.
At the moment we have a system in place that either relies on finite resources, such as oil and gas, or uses nuclear fission — a process which many feel has inherent dangers that are simply too risky to ignore.
So, renewable energy sources are hitting the headlines and gaining more interest than ever. As well as not depleting the world of resources, renewable energy is clean with little or no problematic by-products.
Harnessing the power of the wind has been used by mankind for centuries, as windmills were used to mill grain to create flour in countries all over the world.
Today, there is a proven technology that can generate electricity from wind power. Specialist companies involved in wind turbine production make the structures that are used in the process, using highly developed techniques such as orbital milling.
The resultant windmills are often placed together in large groups as ‘wind farms’. Some people find these beautiful but others have concerns regarding their impact on the natural scenic value of their locations. It’s an interesting world.
As the UK is an island surrounded by water, it doesn’t take much imagination to think that much of our power could be produced in we harnessed the ceaseless motion of the tides. As it is, there is ongoing investment in tidal power generation technology which could see this sector develop into an important part of the portfolio of energy generation in the future.
Solar energy accounts for an increasing proportion of power generation in the UK and in some part this is due to individuals being able to play a part. People who install solar panels in their homes can benefit from government schemes which pay them for the excess electricity they produce but don’t use, as it is actually put back into the national grid.
If a concerted effort was made by governments around the world to utilise the power of the sun to the best possible effect, we could solve the energy production problems of the world in very short order.