How do we see energy?
In modern life we just take our energy for granted, we expect it, we just pay our bill and we are happy. But we never look at the wider scale, the effect on the atmosphere and ways to counter unpleasant deposits into the air. Our main source of energy is very unsustainable and polluting our atmosphere, releasing millions of tonnes of CO2 into the air. So, how can we counter this, and what is sustainable energy?
What is sustainable energy?
Sustainable energy has been described as a way of producing and having energy without compromising future generations meeting their needs. Main sustainable energy sources are solar and wind-powered energy. ‘Solar Panels’ which are used to generate solar energy are dark colored plates that take the sun’s rays and convert them to electricity by exciting electrons using photons of light from the sun. Wind-powered energy sources work with massive turbines, inside the turbines there are large magnets with coils around them when spun this creates a strong electrical current, this is similar to some other ways of creating energy, though powered in a sustainable way. Despite these two ways of creating energy as of March 2016 they only covered around 2.4% of our energy.
What’s so bad about other types of energy?
Petroleum-based energy sources are made by oil burnt to heat water causing it to release steam this alone releasing toxic fumes into the atmosphere, following that they use the steam to rise into a large turbine causing it to spin, which similar to the wind energy source has a magnet with a coil around it producing electricity. Petroleum-based energy sources cover roughly 36.2% of our energy; the majority.
Knowing the amount of energy that the world consumes this emphasizes the absolutely vast amount of energy which has to be produced by these massive creations, all day every day. The second leading energy source is based off fossil fuels, which when burnt are incredibly toxic releasing millions of tonnes of carbon into our atmosphere. It is done very similarly to petroleum but rather than petroleum being burnt to create heat, it’s the toxic fossil fuels.
Consequences of gas emissions
Most of the consequences of these toxic gas emissions constantly being used to produce our energy will not affect us, nor the world any time soon, though, future generations will suffer from our recklessness and non-careful ways pump CO2 into the atmosphere, the world temperature is slowly rising, melting ice caps, bringing the oceans levels up. Projections of the future by scientists say that in the worst case, the way we are going, the ocean levels could rise around 1.5 meters or 5 feet.
Progression in sustainable energy sources
Britain’s energy sources were up to 37%, towering over every other energy source at the time, production of wind farms has gone up astonishingly over the past few years. More and more people are signing up to have solar panels placed on the top of their houses helping supply as much energy as possible for themselves and neighbors, trying to rule out the toxic alternatives.