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Alternative Energy Solutions


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Alternative Energy Solutions

  1. 1. ==== ====Alternative Energy Source ====Alternative energy research has led to the development of state of the art alternative energysources for the home. One of the advantages of using alternative energy is that it is a renewableresource whereas our supply of coal and other fossil fuels is depleting. This advantage ofrenewable energy and alternative energies has many companies and people looking for differentways to power up.Sometimes called renewable resources, alternative energy does not need fossil fuel or even thesplitting of the atom to be produced. It is called renewable because the sources of it are constantlybeing produced. It does not cause the pollution that oil and gas cause. This kind of energy is notreally new. What is new is that we now categorize these forms of energy as alternative energy.The forms that alternative energy may take are fuel cells, geothermal energy, wind power,biomass, hydroelectric energy, solar energy and water energy such as wave and tidal energy.*Fuel cells as a type of alternative energy is usually associated with electric cars, or hybrid cars.Electrochemical devices produce power through a chemical reaction. The primary benefit of fuelcells technology is that power is produced without the production of harmful pollutants. They arestill very expensive to produce, however.*Geothermal energy can be a powerful source of energy. It is ideal for small scale use to heathouses, businesses and small industry. On a larger scale, geothermal plants extract the heat fromthe earth and use it to create steam to power turbine engines.*Wind turbines produce energy using the same principal as windmills. Blades are moved by thewind, and a shaft attached to the blades rotate a generator that produces energy. This energy isstored in batteries. Wind is, of course required to run this type of alternative energy, so the morewind you have the better it will work. Sites where there is a lot of wind, such as open farmland aregood for wind turbines, or other locations that cannot be reached by powerlines.*Biomass is organic material that can be converted to fuel. There are many types, such as animalwaste, crops and grains, wood and other byproducts from mills and forests as well as from aquaticplants. One type uses the matter to burn to produce steam power; another type transforms thematter into a gas or liquid.*Solar energy is probably the most well known form of alternate energy. It is the safe and efficientuse of the heat from the sun to form energy.*Energy from water. Hydroelectric energy is the energy produced by dams. The movement of thewater causes turbines to generate power instantaneously. The initial cost of a dam is very high,
  2. 2. but after that the power is free. Tidal energy works on the same concept as dams. The turbinesare put directly in the water and the motion of the tides over them powers the turbines. Waveenergy uses the motion of the waves in the same way.As alternative energy research continues, more alternative energy sources will be found. Perhapsone day we will heat our homes by transforming our refuse into a usable source of [] brings youthought provoking information about alternate energy. Theres nothing to buy, just really helpfulinformation. Be sure to check out all the pages and decide for yourself.© 2007 copyright by DSquare Marketing and Della Franklin.Article Source: ====Alternative Energy Source ====