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REDISCOVER Alternative Energy

It’s Now or Never

By Lynda C. Corpuz

Increasing demand versus tight belt supply is now – more than ever – pushing efforts to harness alternative energy

Some sectors argue over the term. Others put forward clashing purposes. The rest argue it might be too late to look for replacements, citing cataclysmic events (from longer droughts to heavier rainfall to severe flooding to increased health-related concerns, among others) that cost properties and lives.

Whatever the agenda is – now is the time to ensure security, pursue reforms, and mobilize majority of society to prepare the near future with the use of alternative energy.

TO USE OR NOT TO USE

Opposing views surround alternative energy. 

For instance, the definition of what is and what covers alternative energy varies. What was regarded as alternative energy sources has changed significantly. There are also issues regarding dominant sources of energy because of the wide gamut of energy options and the differing goals of their advocates. To call one an energy source alternative can be controversial.  

One thing is sure though – alternative energy must be produced without the harmful effects of burning fossil fuels. Mitigating carbon dioxide emissions (the major contributing factor of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states) is pushed forward across nations. 

Sustainable alternatives must be ready, as conventional energy sources are not here forever. Currently, there are four varieties of alternative energy sources. Sun’s heat and light is being harnessed now as a potential source. Energy produced by the wind is also generating acceptance. The combination of water and the Earth’s heat produce geothermal energy. Water is also harnessed to generate hydropower.    

Citing such, what makes an energy source the best alternative? Here, we highlight best case examples of how solar and wind power can be the be energy for the future.

ENERGY FOR THE FUTURE

THE ANSWER IS ‘BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND’:

Use Modern Energy – Now

Singer, song-writer Bob Dylan is right when he wrote Blowin’ in the Wind. Translate this to the fact that the wind is now regarded as viable, alternative energy. Denmark’s Vestas, a global provider known for its widest serial-produced turbine range; producer of nacelles in 15 global locations, and delivers controllers from five locations in Spain, China, and Denmark, has put forward the use of wind as the “modern energy.”

TRUSTING THE WIND

Wind power has become competitive. It already achieved its technological maturity – it has become viable in terms of price and a sound business investment.  The 2006 report by Emerging Energy Research also points out that land-based wind power is slightly more expensive than electricity from a new coal-fired power station – and its cost is equal to electricity from a new natural gas-fired plant (not considering the CO2 emissions’ cost).

Wind power is also predictable, another quality Vestas cites. Although wind turbines do not run at full capacity for 365 days annually, the same is such for conventional energy pl ants. In Denmark, for instance, the wind power already meets 1/5 of the population’s overall needs – and this country has achieved such using less than 20% of its actual wind resources. Denmark gets all of its electricity from its 5000 wind turbines on very windy days.

Wind power is independent – it is an unlimited energy source indigenous to every country. With energy becoming an increasingly political issue for every country, with each of them need to import power to fuel their economies and homes, thus the desire to become more energy independent.

Wind power is fast – wind power plants can start producing energy very quickly. The Vestas wind power plant, for example, can be up and running in a year, which is much faster than

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Written by Lynda C. Corpuz

May 6, 2010 at 10:55 pm

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