Procuring new means of preserving energy has come a long way; new pathways are being explored, and new arms of containment and preservation are being researched. Green, renewable energy when adopted by businesses will lower operational costs, free up capital, please shareholders, and most Of all promote private use. Lifetime savings after green energy have been phenomenal: $4 for every $1 spent in 2006, $60 million a year in avoided energy costs. Air quality benefits are just as dramatic. Carbon dioxide emissions were red cued by 1 81 ,DOD tons in 2006, the equivalent of removing 31 ,200 cars from the road (Anderson).
By conforming to green energy and upgrading existing technologies, costs of energy are paid for by excess energy. There are programs that allow for any unused energy already collected, I. E. Solar Panels, wind turbines, water mills, etc. , to be sold back to the provider for cost coverage and sometimes profit. Since 2005, the energy consumption per dollar has been reduced by half. Making the change from non-renewable energies needs large up-front investments which will cloud the long-term benefits for most of the public residencies.
For this reason, the complete change to renewable resources is becoming near but still has a long way to go until non-renewable resources eve departed. Section II The automobile is arguably the most important innovation and observably one of the most used inventions of all time. The inherent need for the automobile has caused oil prices to soar and the atmosphere to gain millions of tons of pollutants like nitrogenous gases, and Carbon dioxide, all to add to a rapidly depleting ozone layer. Cars are one of the most damaging things to any environment and seem to remain so.
Corn-based ethanol is praised as a clean alternative yet it does not seem to offer more than a select few positive impressions. Ethanol, a new form of fuel for automobiles has proven to be more of a consequence than a helping hand. Corn, as the number one crop grown throughout the United States, offers a fuel for the United States but food for less fortunate regions of the world. Driving the price of corn-based ethanol by using it for fuel would raise the price of food in the same less developed regions.
Ethanol is currently supported, funded, and subsidized by the federal government for being an infant industry (Johnson). By regulation, it is no longer considered to be such. Ethanol is in no means efficient as a eel. Vehicles using ethanol fuel average 5 miles per gallon as a whole which is readily achievable with existing technologies (Johnson). This puts a burden on the corn production industry. More than half of the United States’ corn production was in line to be used for Ethanol by 2008.
Due to this impingement on the corn supply, livestock fed with grains have seen steadily rising prices. Put starkly: Filling the 25-gallon tank of a sport utility vehicle with pure ethanol would require more than 450 pounds of corn, enough calories to feed one poor person for a year (Johnson) The United States exports around half of its total corn production and accounts for around 40% of total corn production. Supporting this intense use of corn can only be supported with shifts in agricultural production.
Land will have to be converted from soybean, and other important crops to corn; only because prices per bushel are at an all-time high, encouraging farmer to play into the entire process of producing ethanol and raising corn prices even more. Annette von Joanne, A professor at Oregon State University and one of the top driving-forces in the field of studying hydro-power was 26 when he realized a responsible way to harvest energy: the waves. Unlike wind and solar power, wave energy is always available (Rush).
The energy from water is dense and compact unlike the kilowatts required to harvest the energy from the fluctuating sun or the ever-permeable wind. But this is not the main concern. Renewable energy, more specifically wave energy could provide an expected 6. 5% of American energy consumption. That is the equivalent to 1 50 million barrels of oil and even more so, enough energy to power 23 million typical homes (Rush). Wave energy is still being developed. Harvesting the rower of waves tends to take a lot of research and persistence (Rush).
The most important aspect of designing an ocean-capable wave generator is the engineers that create such a machine. Von Joanne says that we can’t have the talent and experience we need in each aspect of the design process without funding, which is not readily available; for funding people need to believe in the idea. Currently, wave energy is a 100% clean energy source and outputs no pollutants. Possible environmental issues dealing with animals, such as turtles becoming tangled or fish creating a reef, are yet to be explored (Rush). Section Ill Fading use of non-renewable resources excites environmentalists and promotes further change.
Constant work is being done to reduce prices and increase the convenience of energy. In my opinion, this is one of the most important topics in today’s world. Finding new ways to create energy will provide a stability for future generation that was not available in the past. Oil and gas prices will begin to drop, only as soon as we find a resource immense enough for the production of the billions of people in the world. Overall growing populations will continue to use energy at a growing rate. Millions of people seem to suffer from today’s energy demands and yet very little action has been taken.
People who live 1 000 miles away see the effect of Oil and gas corporations controlling economic structure and promote the reliance on a single industry. Green energy will open energy as a whole to multiple doors all leading in different directions each having use in at least one location around the world; not like oil which exists in only a few monopolized spots. Ongoing issues show great importance when related to the results of the future; for this reason, engineers around the world need to be focused on reducing more ways to efficiently harvest renewable energy and even more to produce new energy.