Nuclear energy is probably the world’s largest source of energy that is emission-free. But, there still are various pros and cons that experts have suggested for this form of energy. Those who are advocates of nuclear energy or are against its usage are equally curious to know about these facts in order to make an informed decision about nuclear energy use.
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Geothermal energy originates from the earth when it gets heated due to the hot rocks present under it or due to the fission of radioactive materials present inside its core. Some places inside the earth get extremely hot and are thus called hot spots. These hot spots cause water to form steam that gets pressurized to come out of the earth in the form of hot springs, and this generated energy is known as geothermal power.
As true as it could get, renewable energy sources generally tend to get adversely affected due to the intermittent nature of wind and solar power generation. While offshore wind could render sufficient electricity, the intermittency caused by solar energy induces unpredictability as well as mammoth inconvenience. To help solve the intermittency problems of offshore wind, researchers at MIT have recently conceptualized a new approach that could mitigate the problems by rendering floating wind energy storage technology.
As part of an endeavor to harmonize with the dreams of a greener tomorrow, economies have unremittingly been pegging away at devising eco-friendly solutions – right from devices that integrate an eco-friendly heart to solar power stations that ensure massive efficiency for a larger community. This time, it’s the town of Lansing that celebrated the Earth Day with the installation of the first municipality-owned solar powered EV charging station in the U.S.
Irrespective of what we speak about – the endeavors put forth by today’s avant garde automobiles or the ‘light’ features that are encouraged by today’s high-end gadgets, the exigency of ‘go green’ is rightly reflected by both of them. In a similar objective to ensure environmental sustainability, Scotland has now officially opened its first ‘Solar Meadow’ to decrease carbon emissions by 300,000 kg per year.
It may sound avant-garde but amalgamating the benefits of photovoltaic solar systems and thermal power systems into one form factor seems more of a possibility now. Pretty interestingly, researchers in Switzerland have started developing a highly efficient parabolic solar dish which will not only generate electricity power, but will also desalinate water for good.
The divergence and conflict between cost and the environment has unremittingly been soaring high. While most countries are endeavouring to sustain an ecological balance through non-polluting resources and ‘green’ approaches, Los Angeles has thought of a different medium to accomplish an environmental balance. In a major step toward its struggle to generate power with no compromise on the environment sustainability, the country has now decided to end its use of coal energy by the year 2025.
Denmark fulfilling its fair part of energy requirements with wind power has been widely known as a vital renewable energy producer. Taking its rich legacy of green energy to the next level, the Scandinavian sovereign state has put up a new 3.6 megawatt offshore wind turbine to exceed the one gigawatt wind energy porch and fulfill 25 percent of its total energy needs only by tapping the wind power.
Any natural disaster that takes down the grid, reveals the importance of a mobile power source that can provide a burst of clean energy whenever required. The need for the same was realized after the Fukushima disaster and even after hurricane Sandy left people starving for even milliwatts of power to charge cellphones. Monarch Power, an Arizona-based company, seems to have taken up the challenge to come up with a lightweight solar charging system by unveiling the Lotus Mobile – a foldable solar charging system that includes 18 solar panels, which can be unfolded to resemble a flower.
One of the major problems with conventional wind turbines is that their fast moving blades are prone to damage during high winds and they produce noise, which people living in the vicinity don’t really like. To solve the problems encountered with conventional wind turbines, Mecanoo Architects and Delft University of Technology have joined forces to develop a scale model of a bladeless windmill, which is now viewable in front of the on-campus faculty building dedicated to engineering, mathematics and computer science.