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Wind Energy And Other Alternative Energy Sources

Jun 25, 2008
There are lots of energy sources that we can harness if we only seek to research and develop the technologies needed to do so. We can get away from the fossil fuels and the old electrical grids by giving attention to alternatives to these energy sources.

One of these alternative energy resources is wind energy. By wind power generation, we can reduce our energy consumption from expensive energy sources. Wind turbines continue to be developed , we can progressively generate more energy efficient and less costly. Anchored to this trend, "Wind farms" have been springing up in many nations, and they have even become more strategically designed to efficiently and effectively use wind energy that is abundant in our planet.

Another alternative energy resource is the one that is most popular-- solar energy. This includes the manufacturing of solar cells which gather and focus the energy given off directly by the sun, and transform it into electricity or, in some cases, hot water. As with wind energy, solar energy creates absolutely zero pollution and therefore it is friendly to our environment.

Ocean wave energy is seen by governments and capitalists as having enormous energy generating capability. A generator in France has been in operation for years now and is considered to be a huge success, and the Irish and Scots are running experimental facilities.

Hydroelectric power has been with us for a while and where it is set up, it is a powerful generator of uge amount of electricity However, there are particular limitations to the availability of the right places to set up a large dam. Many run-of-the-river, or small and localized, hydroelectric generators have been set up in recent times because of this limitation.

Geothermal energy is extremely abundant, especially in areas where active volcanoes are present. This energy is generated by the heating of water through the actions of earth's fantastically hot molten core. The water turns to steam, which can be harnessed and utilized to drive turbine engines which in turn produced electricity. Great amounts of research and development should be put into geothermal energy harnessing.

Waste gas energies, which are substantially methane, reverse the usual energy-pollution relationship by producing energy from waste that lies in the dumps and from some air pollutants. This gas is utilized in fuel cells and can be used in standard gasoline generators.

Biodiesel energy is produced out of the oils contained in plants. So far, the commercial stores of biodiesel have been developed using soybean, rapeseed, and sunflower oils. At the time of this writing, biodiesel is typically produced by entrepreneurial minded people or those who desire to experiment with alternative energy, but commercial interest from companies is on the rise.

These are some alternative energy sources that can be harnessed and can provide the needed energy for our industries.
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