Sunshine Association for Sustainable Development

Sunshine Association for Sustainable Development

Uncommon Sources of Renewable Energy

spatter-83169_1280Our Planet is suffering from environmental cancer. Greenhouse gases has caused Earth to heat up immensely. If we continue to rely on fossil fuel, it is estimated that earth would heat up to about six degrees Celsius by the year 2100. On the other hand, by using alternative fuel, we can slow down the heat up of the world’s surface to about one to two degrees Celsius only.

Humans have heavily suffered from the massive changes in climate in the recent years. Fields have dried up due to droughts. Hurricanes and typhoons seem to increase in speed and velocity, destroying lives and properties along the way. The icecaps are now melting causing the sea levels to rise. If we do not shift from the normal fossil fuel, humanity’s eminent death will come sooner than we think.

What are some of the Uncommon Alternative Energy Sources?

We have all heard about many sources of renewable energy. We have solar, wind, hydroelectric and geothermal energies. The use of such energy sources have increased to about 30% all over the world. Aside from this resources, there are also the uncommon sources of renewable energy.

Methane energy – Methane gas is the byproduct of burning gas and coal, landfills and your common trash. This renewable energy can be easily accessible. By using this gas, we can minimize the bad effects it does to our ozone layer such as greenhouse effect. By using Methane, it is converted from a pollutant to fuel like commodity.

Biofuel – Ethanol, which is a product derived from sugar cane can be used as a substitute to gasoline for cars. It can be used as a heat source for cold month as well. By using biofuel, we can have an alternative energy resource that can be replenished easily.

tree-wood-140567_1280Woodchips – The University of Antwerp is now currently studying the use of fast growing trees such as willows to produce woodchips. First they grow a forest that provides a good source of oxygen. The trees also absorb CO2 in the atmosphere which helps humans breathe fresh air. Once the trees reach about an inch or so in diameter, they are harvested and ground into woodchips. The woodchips are then sold to be used in power plants. They are also used for heating by helping create steam in houses and livestock farms.

Kinetic Energy – Have you ever seen a mouse running on a wheel? Well as the wheel spins, it produces kinetic energy that can power a small light bulb. The same principle can used in households. There has been experiments where humans using stationary bicycles or treadmills which are connected to batteries which in turn stores energy. This renewable energy resource is beneficial in many ways. First it allows the person to produce small amounts of electricity that can be used to power laptops, cellphones or light bulbs. Second, the person benefits by getting physical exercise to sustain vitality. This energy resource may not be able to power a whole house but would be very useful to help the environment.

There is only one Earth. If our planet continues to degrade and change it may turn into a hostile desert where humans may not be able to survive. If the ice caps continue to melt, then the water may flood all the available land killing both humans and animals. We must do something now while we have the time. We must minimize our carbon footprints. Renewable energy is one of the answers to the cancer that is now eating our beloved planet.

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