By Kendall Haven
Our current electrical application and tool offer and supply platforms are woefully superseded. certainly, the prevailing strength grid we use this present day makes use of 100-year-old know-how! This publication lays out the prospective blueprints for a greener destiny in a fashion that might have interaction center tuition newcomers, permitting scholars and academics to discover the rising power applied sciences that can turn into the way forward for our electric provide system.
In half 1 of eco-friendly electrical energy: 25 eco-friendly applied sciences that might Electrify Your destiny, the writer describes the fantastic patchwork of 1,300 energy crops and over five million miles of twine that contain our nationwide grid and divulges the environmental damages it produces. half 2 examines the 25 prime ecofriendly contenders to modernize and change our present grid, describing every one proposed know-how and the way it really works. different suitable info is usually supplied, resembling a qualitative evaluate of the pluses, minuses, and obstacles of every process, and an evaluate of that technologys power to give a contribution to our destiny electric appetite.
Using This Book
Not So eco-friendly: The Grid we've Today
The notable U.S. electrical Grid: supplying electrical energy in your Doorstep
What DoesGreen Mean?
A nearer examine Why Our Grid Isn’t Green
Greener Pastures: 25 electrical applied sciences of the Future
Free electrical energy for Everyone!: Fusion
Let the solar Sizzle!: sunlight Thermal Electricity
Beaming Megawatts: solar power from Space
Up at the Roof: sun Photovoltaic Energy
Blowin’ within the Wind: Wind Turbines
Go Fly a Kite!: Wind Kites
Mighty Minnies: Micro-Nukes
The Genie’s Magic strength Lamp: gas Cells
Borrowing the Planet’s power: Geothermal Energy
River Hum: Hydroelectric Energy
A Swim within the Balmy, Briny Sea: Ocean Thermal strength Conversion (OTEC)
Catch a Wave, Dude!: Ocean Wave Energy
Rollin’, Rollin’ with the Tide: Ocean Tidal Energy
The Mightiest River: Ocean present Energy
The candy scent of rubbish: Municipal reliable Waste
Taking the facility Plant to the Farm: Bio Crop Waste
Growing electrical energy: strength Crops
A gigantic destiny for the Smallest Atom: Hydrogen
Natural gasoline: Methane Energy
A Tidy Lump of Coal: fresh Coal Technology
Teaming Up: electric Cogeneration
Second Time round: power Recapture
Electricity in a field: Batteries and effort Storage
The energy Plant That by no means used to be: strength Conservation
The destiny Grid: the pony Race in your Greener strength Future
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Existing nuclear power plants use a process called fission to produce heat energy. In fission, we tear apart a big atom—like uranium—to produce two smaller atoms and extra heat. Fusion is the opposite process—fusing small atoms together to create one bigger one. Once we create a fusion reaction, we have opened the door to monstrous amounts of heat energy. Fusion produces many times more energy than fission does. A thermonuclear (fusion) bomb yields about 1,000 times the explosive power of an atomic (fission) bomb.
First, wind turbines kill birds—lots of birds—especially migratory and predatory birds. Each year, the wind turbine blades in California’s Altamont Pass kill 10,000 protected and migratory birds, especially raptors (burrowing owls, red-tailed hawks, even golden eagles). That’s 30 birds every day! In September 2009 USA Today reported that bird kills were, in fact, getting worse, not better. Scientists fear that expansion of wind farms across migratory routes will lead to massive bird losses and even extinctions.
Green Electricity: 25 Green Technologies That Will Electrify Your Future by Kendall Haven