and “fossil fuels are the primary source of about 375 billion tons of carbon that has been released into the atmosphere since the industrial era began in 1750” (Gerken). There is a desperate need for an alternative, more sustainable form of energy to replace the fossil fuels. Envision Solar, the world’s leader in solar energy, has developed their new Solar Trees to make solar energy more efficient and more affordable in an attempt to solve the current energy crisis. Envision Solar has teamed up with General Motors to develop their new solar trees and revolutionize the world of sustainable energy. The Solar Trees come in two different sizes, the Array is larger and can charge up to six cars at a time.
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Solar power is one of the most renewable sources of electricity in the world. The sun shines almost every day, therefore providing photons to power the solar panels for as long as the sun still shines. It can lower your electric bills to a miniscule amount and it’s very friendly towards the environment. Did you know that scientists at the German Fraunhofer Institute broke the world record for the most efficient solar cell? Their design uses a new cell structure containing four solar sub cells to become 44.7% efficient.
Water energy is a product that’s uses the energy created by the moving water or tidal power to power mechanical devices or creates electricity. Burning "biomass," including crop waste from farms, crops grown and even animal and human waste, can also generate energy for every day uses. Solar power is one of the best renewable resources known to man today. The idea of trapping the suns rays to convert it into energy and produces electricity, heat, or cooling devices. Solar power has a variety of advantages it is so effective, abundant and infinitely renewable it makes it one of the leading renewable sources used today.
Solar energy is capable of becoming the world's future power supply because, it is renewable, eco-friendly, and extremely efficient when strategically placed. Solar energy is clean energy that does not affect our environment. Solar power utilizes the sun’s energy to produce electricity, unlike other sources of energy, which rely on continual mining for raw materials. Consequently, producing solar energy from the heat from the sun does not result into the annihilation of the ecosystem, compared to the extraction of fossil fuels (Bode, 2005). Therefore, with the use of solar energy, it will help keep the environment clean, thus help to combat the issue of global warming, which is a threat to the world’s ecosystem worldwide.
Another reason why it is the most common is because it is the easiest to install and obtain, and also, saves humans the most amount of money. Another way to obtain energy that is gaining in popularity is through wind power. An article written by an anonymous writer states "The most efficient of green energy sources is wind. Wind is the safest and cleanest of the green energy sources as it produces no pollutants and does not contribute to global warming. Wind energy is harnessed by erecting a turbine that spins in the breeze generating electricity" ("Green Energy Sources").
The Importance of Transitioning to Renewable Energies If estimates are correct, available fossil fuel reserves will be expended in the early 22nd century; these fossil fuels are accountable for around 90% of the world's power supply. Without power the modern world would effectively shut down and tear itself apart overnight. There is only one truly long-term solution to avoid this inevitable situation - infinitely renewable energy. Renewable energies include such power sources as wind, hydroelectric, and the most promising option of solar energy. The topic of implementing solar energy as the country's primary energy contributor has been one of much controversy; however, making this transition could promise a world of incredibly cheap power for an eternity.
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Through this searching, scientist have discovered a powerhouse of renewable energy that is safe and has almost limitless potential: the sun. In the future, solar energy could be a widely used resource and could possibly get the globe onto a path with cleaner energy. Some scientists see solar technology as being a new hope, as this “clean energy resource represents a viable alternative to the fossil fuels that currently pollute our air and water, [and] threaten our public health,” (How Solar Electricity Systems Works). The Sun is the most important thing in our lives. In fact, nearly 4.3 x 1020 joules of sunlight hit the Earth in one hour; a power so intense that it c... ... middle of paper ... ...ironmental Protection Agency, n.d.