The issues surrounding the use of fossil fuels, particularly in terms of climate change, has become a very hot topic over the course of the last few decades.
Today, there is a general shift towards environmental awareness and the sources of our energy are coming under closer scrutiny. Lowering emissions, fuel prices, and pollution levels are all advantages that the use of alternative fuels can often provide. Here are a few examples of popular examples of alternative energy.
- Tidal Energy: While tidal energy uses the power of water to generate energy, much like with hydroelectric methods, its application actually has more in common with wind turbines in many cases. Tides are generally more predictable and dependable than wind or sun energy and though it is a fairly new technology, its potential is enormous.
- Wind Energy: Wind energy has become increasingly popular in recent years. It offers much of the same benefits that many other alternative energy sources do in that it makes use of a renewable source and generates no waste. Wind energy has become increasingly popular and most states in the nation now have some form of wind energy set-up. Unfortunately, this form of energy generation can restrict views and may be dangerous to some forms of wildlife.
- Geothermal Power: Geothermal power is about extracting energy from the ground around us. It is growing increasingly popular and has great potential while doing little to disrupt the land. The heavy upfront costs of creating geothermal power plants has led to slower growth than may have been expected for a fuel source with so much promise.
- Wave Energy: Wave energy has an advantage over tidal energy because they can be placed in the ocean in various situations and locations. It is also more reliable than many other forms of alternative energy similar to tidal energy. The cost of wave energy systems is what holds back this energy source from becoming more popular.
- Hydroelectric Energy: The most common type of hydroelectric power plant uses a dam on a river to store water in a reservoir. Water released from the reservoir flows through a turbine, spinning it, which in turn activates a generator to produce electricity. Hydropower is fueled by water, so it’s a clean fuel source, meaning it won’t pollute the air like power plants that burn fossil fuels, such as coal or natural gas. Hydroelectric power is a domestic source of energy, allowing each state to produce their own energy without being reliant on international fuel sources.
- Solar Power: When most people think of alternative energy sources they tend to use solar power as an example. Solar technology has evolved massively over the years and is now used for large-scale energy production and power generation for single homes. This energy source is completely renewable and the costs of installation are outweighed by the money saved in energy bills from traditional suppliers. Let SuperGreen Solutions of Charleston help you on your journey to using alternative energy to reduce your carbon footprint.