Why alternative energy sources are the future?
- Katherine D. Rodriguez
It is also very harmful to burn fossil fuels in power stations. This includes everything from air and ocean pollution to the destruction of entire ecosystems.
We can now reduce our dependence upon fossil fuels such as oil, coal, and gas thanks to the rise of alternative energy sources. This article will explain what alternative energy is, and why we need to move away from dependence on fossil fuels. We will also examine the differences between renewable and alternative energy sources as well as what energy sources we currently use to meet our energy requirements.
What Is Alternative Energy?
Our most reliable source of power generation is fossil fuels, which include oil, coal, and natural gases. Alternative energy is energy that’s not produced from fossil fuels. Alternative energy, in other words, is an energy that’s not derived from fossil fuels. Alternative energy generally has a low environmental impact.
What is the Difference between Renewable and Alternative Energy Sources (Renewable and Alternate)?
Alternative energy sources can be defined as any source that we use to replace or supplement traditional energy sources for power generation. There is one difference between them. However, all renewable energy sources are included in the alternative energy source category. It doesn’t work the opposite way.
This is because renewable energy sources come from natural replenishments of Earth’s resources or processes, like the sun, wind and water. These resources are called sustainable or renewable (as in sustainable power) because they are inexhaustible. It is possible to find alternative energy sources that are not renewable, but it is possible. This is the difference. What alternative energy source is available? To find out, you’ll need to keep reading.
What are the Best Alternative Energy Sources?
The equipment required to harness alternative energy used to be too expensive to make it practical for consumers. Fortunately, this is no longer true thanks to an increase in demand, better supply chains, enhanced renewable technologies, and improved energy efficiency capabilities.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), in fact, released a 2020 report showing that renewable energy is now more affordable than fossil fuels to generate electricity. Let’s take a look at some of the most promising alternative energy sources that we have today.
Which 9 Alternative Energy Sources Are Most Popular?
Here is a quick reference list of some of our most popular sustainable energy resources.
The United States has seen wind power triple in the last 10 years, making it the largest source of renewable energy in the country. Wind power is an alternative energy source that can be used to benefit both individuals and whole communities. It is versatile and can be produced by small-scale windmills, wind turbines on residential properties, or large-scale offshore wind farm in the ocean.
Photovoltaic cells, also known as solar power, are used to produce energy. A few solar panels may be placed on the roof of a home to generate energy for one house. You might also see a solar farm being used to generate electricity for their customers on a larger scale.
Hydroelectricity, also known as hydropower, is a form of energy that comes from moving water. It occurs when water behind dams causes turbine blades to turn as the water flows through an intake. The turbine blades rotate a generator, producing electricity that can be used to power homes or businesses.
Geothermal power is generated by tapping underground hot water and steam reservoirs. Geothermal electricity is able to heat and cool buildings directly.
Bioenergy is made from organic materials, also known as biofuels or biomass. Examples of bioenergy include wood and plant byproducts or recently-lived animals. To make bioenergy, we can capture methane from landfills. This is used to generate heat and electricity. Many people are familiar with ethanol, one example of a biofuel.
Through the fission of atoms, nuclear energy is produced as heat. Initial fission creates energy, which triggers a chain reaction that generates more energy. The heat from nuclear fission creates steam. The steam is then turned by a turbine to produce electricity.
Hydrogen can be used to create clean-burning fuels, which reduces pollution and helps the environment. It is also used to make fuel cells. These are very similar to batteries and can be used to provide power for electric motors.
Tidal energy is created when the kinetic energy from the water movement becomes electrical energy by the movement of the tides. This is one source of energy that is specific to a particular location, but it is very efficient. Tidal energy can be renewable and generates large amounts of energy even at low tides.
Wave energy is an alternative source of energy that’s generated by waves moving across water. Wave energy is generated by electricity generators that are placed on the ocean surface. The energy output is determined by wave height, wavelength, speed, and water density. Wave energy is renewable and environmentally friendly. It is also harmless to the atmosphere.
What are the Benefits of Using Other Energy Sources?
You may also hear the terms green energy and clean energy when you refer to renewable energy. It’s far more gentle on the environment to use renewable resources for energy production than burning fossil fuels.
Both consumers and governments can make significant reductions in their carbon footprints, which directly impacts global warming and climate change. Let’s look at the potential economic and environmental benefits of clean energy.
- Conserve fossil fuels. We create renewable energy by tapping into almost inexhaustible sources. These natural resources allow us to preserve and prolong our time without using non-renewable fossil fuels that are dangerously close to depletion.
- Slow and reverse climate changes: The leading cause of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States comes from electricity generation from fossil fuel power stations. Global warming and climate change are largely caused by carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. Alternative energy sources are much more carbon-efficient than coal and natural gas. The planet will benefit from switching to renewable energy sources for electricity production. This will slow down and reverse climate change.
- Reduce air pollution and save lives.
- We can expect to reduce severe weather by slowing down the effects of climate changes and eventually reversing their progression.
- Reduce fuel dependence: By implementing large-scale renewable energy technologies on a large scale, we can diversify our energy supply and reduce our dependence on imported fuels.
- Economic and job growth: Creating more utility-scale energy systems could lead to economic growth and jobs in the manufacturing and installation industries as well as the sustainable energy industry.