Alternative energy is the way of the future. Alternative energy is the term for any energy that is not traditionally produced. Solar power, hydropower and wind power are all forms of electricity production that are considered to be alternative.
A few years from now, the way that we produce electricity will have drastically changed.
Did you know that the fossil fuels we rely on for energy production will start running out 50 years from now?
Burning fuels as a means to produce energy has greatly contributed to the climate change and general pollution within the atmosphere. Using alternative energy means that there will be far less pollution, allowing the Earth time to restore itself to a healthier state.
Here are the 5 best alternative power solutions available to us:
Energy from beneath the surface
Safe alternative energy doesn’t only come from solar power. While our minds tend to think of solar energy first, few people realise that energy can come from beneath the surface of the Earth as well. Geothermic energy is exceptionally sustainable and it won’t cause a negative impact on the environment in a way that other energy production methods are known to. Far beneath the surface of the Earth, which is far hotter than the Sun, this heat will be used to produce electricity. The heat from within the Earth is a wonderful heating source that is able to provide heat to homes while it also heats water which moves turbines to generate power.
This form of electricity production is low cost for the consumer but is not necessarily considered to be completely renewable as it is unknown whether or not the heat can be used up.
Energy from above
Every renewable energy article will include solar power as a form of alternative energy. Solar power takes the energy from the Sun and converts it into electricity that can be used in homes and businesses. Energy from the sun is completely renewable and with advancements being made each year, the harnessing of this power is only going to become more and more efficient.
This form of electricity can be a bit pricey with the initial set up but thereafter a consumer is going to see massive savings.
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Energy from living things
Have you ever heard of biomass? All sources of biomass come from living things such as plants. One form of this system of electricity production involves removing energy from plants and microorganisms that use this energy as their food. Biomass energy has been used since man could make fire, as wood is a biofuel. The other form of biomass is related to landfills. But the most common forms of biomass currently being manufactured include methane and biodiesel which can be derived from landfills.
The downside is that the fuel needs to be burned before it can be used, which means that there is a fair amount of pollution, however, this is still considered a sustainable source of power.
Energy from water
Hydroelectric power is another of the most renewable sources of energy on the planet and it works when kinetic energy from moving water is converted into electricity. The water moves through a turbine which in turn spins a generator and creates power. This process is common in areas with dams and moving rivers, and it can provide enough power to keep large areas going. It is said to be one of the most successful forms of renewable energy and continues to be popular around the world.
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Energy from the wind
The final source of renewable energy is also one of the fastest growing methods: energy from the wind. In areas where there is limited sunshine or very few big dams or fast flowing rivers, wind farms have become a suitable replacement. The wind spins the blades of the turbines which then spin a generator and electricity is created.
This form is affordable but can be a bit of an eyesore since the only way to produce a sufficient amount of power is by having a sort of wind farm. The upside is that this energy is 100% renewable.
The future of electricity lies with renewable energy and with these kinds of methods that will eventually be used on a large scale. But for now, there are ways that you can generate your own electricity. Think about investing in solar systems to keep your home or business running at minimum costs. Green Leaf Alternative Solutions provides highly efficient solar technology, designed to harness the renewable power of the sun and other elements. You can contact us today or visit our website for more details.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]