The Importance Of Sustainable Energy

We all know that sustainable energy is important for the future of the planet but why exactly is it important and why should we consider sustainable energy for our home needs? Let's find out. This is an advertorial.

What is sustainable energy?

Traditional energy sources such as coal, oil and gas have been shown to emit harmful 'greenhouse gases' that contribute to global warming. These fossil fuels are also limited in quantity and are not infinite. We will run out of these fossil fuels one day.

Sustainable energy is renewable energy that does not emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. It is renewable as it harnesses the power of the planet, meaning we will not run out of these natural sources of energy in the future.

Types of sustainable energy

There are a number of sustainable energy sources that work in harmony with the planet. These include wind, solar, geothermal, and hydropower. Let's have a look at some of these.

Wind


Wind energy is a sustainable form of energy that harnesses the power of the wind. As with solar power, this natural resource is free which makes it cost-effective, wind companies, however, need to invest in the windmills and the energy centres to process the resource. 


A disadvantage of wind energy is that it is weather dependent so will not work in areas that aren't windy. There is a low-level noise associated with wind farms which may affect you if you live close.

Solar


In the simplest terms, solar power converts sunlight to energy. This is done by the use of solar panels, either on the roof of a building or as a stand-alone unit in a field, sometimes with the use of mirrors directing and focusing the light and heat. 


Solar energy is pollution and noise-free however it does not work at night and on cloudy days so it will not be reliable in certain countries without abundant sunlight.

Geothermal Energy

Geothermal energy is a form of energy that comes from beneath the earth. A Geothermal power plant taps into the steam and hot water reservoirs which in turn powers a generator to make the electricity. Geothermal energy is always available unlike wind and solar energy. A disadvantage is the smell of the gasses emitted.

Hydropower

Hydropower plants use the forces of water flowing to produce energy. It's one of the oldest sources of energy, used for years in milling and pumping. Today Hydropower systems convert this potential energy into kinetic energy in a turbine, which drives a generator to produce electricity.  

Hydropower is controversial as dams can have an environmental impact, due to interventions in damming of the water, however tidal and wave energy projects can be more sustainable and less damaging to the environment. Hydropower can also be expensive to put into place.

Conclusion

Building an energy plant for sustainable energy isn't a simple thing to do but it is essential for the future of our planet. For new sustainable energy businesses, it's incredibly important to think of the environmental impact that this business will create too, you need to consider the environment so a company like Douglas Healey that specialises in environmental law and natural resources will be your first port of call after you establish a site for the plant. 

We are running out of fossil fuels so we need to utilise sustainable energy resources. As a consumer, we should be considering a renewable energy supplier for our energy needs to protect our planet. 

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