Renewable energy uses natural sources to produce power that is more environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Although nuclear power doesn’t generate high levels of carbon, there is debate surrounding whether it can be classed as a renewable source of energy. Supporters maintain that it is sustainable, while critics are concerned about the storage of nuclear waste and radioactive contamination. Utility Dive reports on the current debate regarding the role of nuclear technology.
Tidal, Wave Power and Hydroelectricity
The power of water is being used in multiple ways. Tidal and wave power both harness the power of the ocean to generate power. As the ocean is a predictable force, it is a reliable source of energy. Hydroelectricity is produced through the process of hydropower, which is a general term that encompasses the use of gravitational forces of flowing or falling water to generate power.
Geothermal Power and Compressed Natural Gas
Geothermal power is created using the Earth’s natural heat. In comparison to plants that use coal, emissions from geothermal plants are around 95 per cent lower. Compressed natural gas is an alternative for diesel, gasoline and propane. Not only does it produce fewer harmful emissions, it is also safer in the event of an accident because it disappears quickly.
One of the oldest forms of renewable energy, biomass uses animal waste and plant material. It can be used to produce heat through a combustion process, or it can be converted into biofuel, such as biodiesel.
Solar power is one of the most accessible forms of renewable energy. Solar panels in Northern Ireland, as in many parts of the world, are increasingly popular. A quality Northern Ireland solar panel supplier should be able to provide panels that save on energy bills whilst reducing carbon emissions.
We have harnessed the power of wind for centuries. In terms of impact, wind farms are one of the most environmentally friendly energy sources and their popularity is increasing worldwide.
Radiant energy is a natural energy that uses gravitational and electromagnetic radiation and comes in at under one per cent of the cost of electricity. Common examples of things that use radiant energy are microwaves and mobile phones.