Renewable resources

Clean energy

Clean energy is a term that refers to energy that is clean and environmentally friendly. There are several forms of clean energy and their use is growing. Some of these types of energy include solar energy, wind energy, and nuclear energy.

Compared to non-renewable energy, clean energy can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the impact of air pollution. It can also improve the quality of life and reduce the risk of environmental disasters. In addition, it creates new jobs and reduces dependence on imported fuels.

Clean energy sources can include nuclear power, hydropower, biogas, and renewable natural gas. While all of these are cleaner than coal and oil, they still have environmental impacts. These types of energy require manufacturing, processing, and other inputs. The transition from fossil fuels to renewables will take time. However, clean energy is already replacing fossil fuels in some locations.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that clean energy will contribute at least 20% of the electricity mix in 2020. That’s a big deal, especially because non-renewable energy sources are deeply entrenched in the world economy. Non-renewables are often used in transportation systems and international trade. If we are to move to a sustainable and efficient energy future, we need to diversify our energy sources.

Renewables include solar, wind, and geothermal energy. Wind and solar power are renewable, but they are expensive. For many locations, however, they are becoming more cost-effective. Solar panels are a good choice for small electric tasks, such as lighting a home or a garden. Eventually, we can scale up to bigger solar panels, which can be used to heat water and power homes.

Geothermal energy uses the heat that is trapped in the Earth’s core to create power. This process can generate electricity, but it does require some infrastructure, such as transmission capability. It can be a very profitable industry, too.

Other forms of clean energy include biomass, which is produced from recycled materials. Biomass includes corn, rice, and sugarcane. Historically, humans have utilized renewable energy to cook, heat their homes, and crush grains. Despite their efficiency, burning biomass produces large amounts of pollution. Similarly, nuclear energy is not a renewable source, but it is an efficient way to create electricity.

Other forms of clean energy are battery storage, which requires mining of non-renewable minerals, as well as hydraulic fracking, which produces huge amounts of wastewater. Hydraulic fracking can cause earthquakes and contaminate water supplies.

Another area of challenge for clean energy power generators is the disposal of products. They often have to be transported long distances, which can be expensive. Also, it is difficult to calculate the financial costs of these energy sources.

Ultimately, clean energy is a vital medium for advancing research and presenting new information. Clean Energy is open access, peer-reviewed, and publishes high-quality papers. Those interested in contributing original papers can submit them to Clean Energy’s online submission system.

Hopefully, we can learn from each other and work together to reduce global warming, protect our planet, and create a greener, more sustainable future.