Renewable Energy Sources
One of the most common uses of renewable energy is to heat the water of outdoor swimming pools using solar collectors.
While solar energy is a familiar terminology these days, many people don’t know much about any of the other renewable energy sources yet? These are wind, geothermal heat, and rain.
In this article all different types of renewable energy sources and there applications will be explained.
When you have a better understanding of what renewable energy is and that it is naturally replenished you can make more informed decisions. With that heightened environmental awareness you can start to make changes to your lifestyle by consuming less traditional forms of energy.
Today, solar energy has received the most media attention because it is one of the most used renewable energy sources worldwide.
The term solar energy refers to the conversion of energy from the sun into power for all kinds of appliances.
There are already many everyday devices on the market that use solar energy technology. The list includes solar lights, calculators and many items used for hiking and camping.
Anybody who is interested in helping to protect our environment could, for example, use solar power in their house.
You could choose to have your solar power equipment installed by one of the many solar energy providers that are available all over the country. Be aware though, the initial set up can be a little bit expensive with the unit costing approximately $20,000.
Another one of the renewable energy sources that is already being used in this country is wind energy.
Wind turbines are the most common technology to convert wind power into electricity. The wind spins the blades of the turbine around a hub and the main body then spins a generator around.
These days small wind turbines can be found on farms and ranches and they already produce approximately 2,500 megawatts (mw) of energy.
The further expansion of wind energy as one of the major renewable energy sources has been hindered by the high initial installation costs, the fact that wind does not blow every day or everywhere. Therefore, wind energy is more applicable in some states and during specific times of the year.
Geothermal heating is the next of the renewable sources of energy that we discuss in this article.
In principle, geothermal heat takes advantage of the energy/heat found underground below the earths crust.
Geothermal heat pumps are currently the most commonly used type of geothermal technology. Geothermal heat pumps have replaced the older air source heat pumps as the new “in” product in the area of renewable energy sources.
While most people have probably heard of solar energy and some have heard of geothermal energy hardly anybody has heard anything about rain energy, yet.
Scientists have proven that it is possible to generate electricity from falling water drops.
The idea is still very new and lot’s of research and development is needed to get this latest addition to the family of renewable energy sources off the ground but new technologies are being developed almost on a daily basis.
Once the technical challenges are overcome rain energy will be as popular as other renewable energy sources.
We hope this article could assist you in deepening your understanding of the renewable energy sources that are already available today.
New technologies are being constantly introduced that offer new ways to solve our current energy crisis using renewable energy sources and thereby eliminating our dependence on other forms of energy such as fossil fuels or nuclear power.