Geothermal Energy as a Renewable Energy Supply
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “renewable energy sources, such as electricity generated from sources such as wind and solar power, provide the greatest environmental benefit.” “Nuclear energy”, according to the same agency, “has a relatively low impact on the environment.” Renewable energy resources rely on virtually inexhaustible natural sources of energy, such as uranium and thorium, with a very small or null impact on the planet, in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. Nuclear energy is a worldwide advantage, as its use emits no greenhouse gases. As noted above, nuclear energy is also a tremendous global advantage.
With global warming being one of the major threats faced by humanity today
nuclear energy sources are helping to reduce carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. It is believed that switching to alternative energy sources could ultimately help to prevent global warming. This has become a very important issue, which is being debated around the world. In India, for instance, an energy regulator recently banned the production of many new projects. The ban came after a study showed that new and expanding nuclear power plants, while potentially safe, would emit three times more carbon than other sources of energy. India has been trying to increase its energy supply, which has been hampered by a lack of available coal and petroleum.
Achieving an energy supply with a lower impact
on the environment is vital for both the environment and individuals. One possible way to achieve this is to use electricity to convert mechanical and chemical energy in our bodies such as heat, light, and water into other forms such as electricity. The first step in achieving this goal would be to install a device such as a solar thermal energy converter that converts sunlight directly into electricity, with the battery storing the energy to be used when sunlight is not available. There are many such devices around the world but most are still at the research stage. The advantage of direct current (DC) electricity over alternating current (AC) electricity is that it has a much higher efficiency ratio and allows for the conversion of less energy, making it cleaner.
Another way to obtain energy from the sun would be to have a nuclear power generator.
If a nuclear power plant is used to supply the required electricity to a locality, the energy supply will come from a nuclear power plant that uses fuel cycles, namely uranium-fuelled or uranium-based fuel cycles. The cycle produces heat to produce steam to turn turbine generators to produce electricity. The use of nuclear power could reduce the costs associated with fuel cycles and result in a considerable reduction in carbon footprints.
The development of new non-traditional energy technologies
such as geothermal heat pumps and solar and wind energy generation systems can also be a useful way of increasing the overall energy supply for an area. One of the potential sources of non-renewable energy, however, is water. The availability of large quantities of non-renewable energy sources such as natural gas and coal in an area may make hydroelectric power a more viable option for providing energy.
The challenge for most remote communities
looking to establish a source of renewable energy is to find an affordable and reliable means of transmitting this energy to the rest of the community. For example, many rural areas may have access to a natural gas line, but finding access to this and establishing connections to it through power lines over long distances can be a problem. Similarly, long distances to connect the various wind turbine generators and storage batteries used to generate electricity may also prove difficult. One possible solution is to develop a grid linking several communities, although this can only be done if the locations have access to an adequate level of natural gas.