Options for Energy in the Future

Posted on 25th November 2009 in solar

As traditional energy resources become more scare and more expensive, many are becoming interested in alternative energy sources. Fortunately, there are several technologies that are just at the stage where they could potentially be cost effective enough to become part of our everyday lives. Read on for a brief overview of some of the more promising technologies.

Many of the alternative energy source available now have other benefits besides just not being scarce. Some of these options offer energy without pollution. This means that they do not produce harmful wastes that may negatively effect the environment. This would allow much more liberal, and safe, use of a particular piece of technology.

Some of these resources have the additional benefit of being renewable – possibly indefinitely. This means that we can continue to produce energy with these technologies with no foreseeable end in sight because the source is always there. This can be infinitely more valuable than other forms which may run out or are very slow to be replenished.

Wind power is a viable method of fueling many of our needs. Wind turbines of various sizes have blades which are turned by wind, which is free. The turning of these turbine blades would be converted into a type of electrical current by a type of generator. There is no pollution or chemical reactions involved, meaning no harmful bi-products. Farms can still operated around turbines, and they can be built offshore for even more utilization.

Solar power if also a great option. The energy from the sun’s rays can be used for a variety of tasks, such as producing electricity, heating water, cooking, and removing salt from sea water. This method is extremely practical, of course, as long as the sun provides the Earth with energy. Efficiency of solar panels is better in direct sunlight, so cloudy days prevent them from performing at their best. Electricity also must be stored during night time hours when there is no sun.

Hydro electric power is gaining a lot of attention and study in recent years. This utilizes dammed water to push a water turbine and power a generator, creating electricity. Other methods utilize the kinetic energy of non-dammed water, such as the tidal forces of the ocean, as a source of power. There are no harmful waste products from this type of power generation, and the water is still available for other uses.

One of the lesser know alternative resources is geothermal power. It’s development is at an exciting stage. This technology aims to harness the power in the heat just below the earth’s crust. This type of power plant is relatively self sufficient and small and have very little effect on the surrounding landscape.

As the cost of traditional forms of energy increases along with its scarcity, alternative energy sources are finally getting the attention they deserve. Research is developing at a rapid pace. The benefits are numerous and the downsides are relatively small and much more manageable compared to other methods of powering our lives.

Can Natural Gas Improve Energy Efficiency

Posted on 24th November 2009 in energy

Throughout the United States and the rest of the world, natural gas usage is on the rise. With today’s news headlines preaching about the impending doom of the environment, the problems with natural resource consumption and the climate crisis, major talks are underway about the future of natural gas in creating a cleaner and more sustainable source of energy around the world.

Natural gas is a difficult subject to discuss in appreciation without some basic understanding of the technical sides to the fuel. As a closely related cousin to oil and coal, natural gas comes from the same underlying geological process. Plant matter is buried and condensed over time which eventually creates what we call coal, oil, and natural gas – each of which represents a different type of atomic structure (solid, liquid, gas).

The significantly smaller amount of carbon present in natural gas is the considerable difference between it and other carbon based fuel sources. Methane is actually the majority contributor to natural gas due to natural as well as a human induced filtration processes undergone specifically to remove hydrocarbons such as carbon dioxide (CO2) which is otherwise naturally present.

Many uses can be had for this clean fuel source from industry to stove top cooking. Even the transportation industry is creating bus and airplane engines to run off of eco-friendly natural gas. Natural gas boilers and appliances are another area in which natural gas usage is thriving.

Let’s review what we’ve learned so far; natural gas is a clean alternative to oil and coal and can be used for many of the same energy demands. So, what we’re now interested in knowing is if it’s possible to make natural gas even more efficient? Thankfully, the answer is yes! Many different types of technology are available which allow you to emit even less pollutants and even save your business money while doing it.

Personally, I’ve been in this business of making natural gas more efficient for over 30 years now and have seen incredible changes in the industry and mostly all for the better. Take my business as an example, our technology called waste heat recovery condensing economizers assists owners of natural gas and LP boilers and appliances get maximum efficiency from their machinery. Through my product, business owners can help make a cleaner and healthier environment, save water, and see a bigger bottom line all through making equipment function at a higher level of efficiency.

The first step in becoming more energy efficient is to make the switch to natural gas instead of continuing use of products like oil and coal. The transportation industry is a great example of an industry who’s taking efficiency step by step and beginning with a quick and easy switch to the only truly “green” fuel.

The state of the planet is not as bad as the media likes to tells us. Solutions to serious problems are being found that bring us closer to where we’d like to ideally be. It all begins with business and industry taking the reins and investing in technology like ours which promote the likely hood of us making it through the storm just fine; all while still maintaining profits and a note worthy reputation.