Renewable Energy – Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Renewable Energy Resources
As we continue to become aware of the importance of renewable energy, people are beginning to realize that there are several advantages and benefits to using this type of energy. For example, renewable energy reduces pollution, is much more reliable than traditional energy sources, and can be generated efficiently. However, many individuals still have some concerns regarding the cost associated with installing this type of technology. In this article, I will introduce the cost-efficiency benefits of renewable energy as well as how it can be implemented on a large scale at home or in a business.
One of the key reasons
that we need to use renewable energy sources is because they are much more affordable than the traditional sources of energy. As the name implies, renewable energy comes from natural resources which naturally replenish themselves, such as wind, sun, water, biogas, biomass, and geothermal (also called under-solar and over-solar). The sun alone produces enough energy to meet our needs for a year. In addition to the cost of buying or using renewable energy, there are many other costs associated with using it as well. For instance, there are the costs associated with maintaining the systems that generate the energy, the costs associated with purchasing the necessary equipment to use these systems, and the costs associated with purchasing power from utilities.
Another advantage to using renewable energy
is because it is much cleaner than fossil fuels. The emissions associated with fossil fuel combustion are the main cause of air pollution, which is responsible for the death of millions of birds and animals each year. Wind and solar technologies do not generate any form of harmful emissions. In fact, researchers have discovered that some wind generators can help reduce the level of air pollution in some areas by as much as 80%.
Many renewable energy resources
are also much more effective than their fossil fuel counterparts. One particular area in which this is true is when it comes to producing electricity. Coal, oil, natural gas, and coal-fired electric plants are all at present lagging far behind in both efficiency and productivity when it comes to producing electricity. Wind and solar farms are now being used to produce electricity in places that would previously have been impossible without them. In fact, in some parts of the United States, federal and state governments have been promoting the development and use of wind and solar energy as an alternative to fossil fuel production.
However, one major problem
with using renewable energy resources has to do with the issue of carbon emissions. Carbon emissions are believed to be one of the leading causes of climate change. This includes a belief that carbon emissions destroy the Earth’s atmosphere. As these natural resources are used, they are subject to the emission of carbon, resulting in more carbon emissions.
To make renewable energy a practical option
it may be necessary to develop new technologies for capturing, utilizing, and otherwise replacing carbon emissions. Several companies have recently been developing technologies for capturing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from power plant emissions. One such company, SunPower, has developed a device called a solar updraft tower that would allow a large variety of residential customers to utilize solar energy without fear of polluting the environment. Another company, TerraMaster, has developed a technology called a biomass boiler that can burn wood and other biomass to create natural gas, instead of creating a byproduct such as CO2.