Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Future in Alternative Energy

Never have played such a prominent role alternative energy sources as they do today.  With the decline in the supply of fossil fuels on the basis, we have no other choice but to look elsewhere meet increasing global demand for energy.

Today, the United States produces about 8% of its domestic reserve and expected demand, the estimated that it will run out of internal reserves in about 12 years.  The scenario for natural gas is not much better if we produce annually approximately 4% of our total reserves.  It is expected that we will consume our domestic delivery in about 25 years.

The following alternative energy sources are not meant to replace fossil fuels.  We will most like always use fossil fuels, we just need to realize that the answer lies in the use of a combination of the two.  First, it is imperative that we the effective use of fossil fuels, and secondly that we must develop alternative energy technologies that can effectively meet our excess question maximize.

Solar energy

Solar energy uses the Sun's rays to power in the form of electricity and produce heat.  The most popular and accepted method of using energy from the Sun is the conversion of radiation.  This includes the use of solar panels, as well as the use of solar energy heated liquid methods.  Currently there are different working solar projects that sufficient electricity to entire communities of electricity and heat in a matter that is self-sufficient can provide.

Nuclear Energy

Nuclear energy is an alternative energy that includes both the merger and the splitting of atoms.  Although not always considered an alternative form of energy, I'm including it here because it is not an option available that meet our fossil based and which can help energy demand.  One of the most successful examples of making use of nuclear energy and the granting of power to consumers at a competitive price is Duke Power, based in North Carolina.

Wind and hydro power

Energy is created using windmills that are set in motion of wind breezes.  The resulting based wind energy is then used to force entire communities.

Hydropower is created by turbines that spin out water that flows by the man made dams.  The power that are created on the basis of these sources can be done both on a large scale, such as the Hoover Dam, which captures water from large rivers or on a small scale where the same method can be applied to a stream that runs through your yard.

Geothermal energy

You can distribute heat to a building or use to make electricity by capturing the warmth of the Earth.  This technology, called geothermal energy is readily available, but is also very difficult to generate cheap and efficient.


Biomass as an alternative energy technology refers to using resources such as saw grass, mulch, crop etc. and them in solid or liquid fuels which can then be used to heat buildings.  Sometimes these resources directly for processing heat burned.

Hydrogen, fuel cells

Hydrogen-fuel cells offer an excellent source for the supply of alternative energy.  Although the technology is essentially in its infancy, there are existing methods that can convert hydrogen into electricity everywhere found.  The advantage of this method is that the only emissions from the use of the water.