Think about how much trouble the world has to deal with because of oil. We know it’s a great source of fuel and it was even used for energy hundreds of years ago, but today we really don’t need it. All it does is spilling blood and cause our environment to suffer because of the horrible fumes that are pumped into the air on a daily basis. Luckily we won’t have to put up with that much more and the planet might be able to survive a few billion years longer.
We’re a bunch of smart people and some of the brighter ones have come up with ways to harness clean energy, or at least a lot cleaner than the main energy sources we have at the moment, which are oil and coal. In a few years’ time you might be hearing a lot about them. They are actually getting used a little just now and it would be no surprise if you do know what they’re all about, but for the people that don’t we can take a closer look into them.
The powerful sun
The sun is the most powerful thing we will ever come into contact with and nothing on earth will ever come close. It’s so powerful that it can burn us badly from about 150 million kilometers away. It seems a shame to waste that energy, but as I’m sure you already know we can take it and store the energy in small cells which we turn into electricity. You might have solar panels on top of your home, but the ones we’ll use in the future to power cities will be massive.
Using the wind for better
The wind has caused us so many problems for as long as we can remember. It has the power to wipe out everything you own and it doesn’t say sorry. But finally it can start doing something to help us and we can use its awesome power to convert into electricity that will give us huge amounts of power. In the past we did have windmills, but the future has already begun and there will be huge fields of wind turbines all over the country trying to capture as much energy as possible.
Have you ever seen one of those videos where a guy surfing is one of the biggest waves on the planet? You don’t really appreciate how dangerous a wave can be until you see someone trying to surf it. It lets you see just how powerful it is and if the surfer was to make one wrong move it would break them into a hundred pieces. We can use the waves much like the wind and it requires building turbines under the sea that need to be positioned on the ocean floor.
This one is tricky because nuclear waste is not something you can get on your hands. It has to be stored very carefully and it won’t become safe until long after we’re dead. That doesn’t take away from the fact it doesn’t emit any harmful gases and a nuclear power station’s chimney is not trying to destroy our planet like the one at a coal power station. It might be used in the short-term because we can make so much energy for little cost.
Under the ground
Just like the sun, the center of the earth is pretty warm. That is a massive understatement and if you’ve seen a volcano erupt you would definitely know why. We can use this heat to make energy, but it can only be done in places around the globe where there is tectonic activity. It is most definitely green and no harmful pollution will end up ruining the environment. The only problem comes when other harmful gases from under the earth’s surface escape and we need to find a way to trap it.
Gemma Hastings is an ardent blogger and likes to read science fiction books in her free time. She believes in leading an ecologically friendly life for a healthier planet. By day, she works for SolarPanelGrants.org and you can click here to know more about them.
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