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Is Solar Energy Better Than Other Forms Of Energy?

By Timothy Peters

Erik Lysen said in Renewable Energy World Magazine in 2003: The surface of the Earth receives an amount of solar energy equivalent to roughly 10,000 times the world energy demand.”

Even though the world population has continued to rise steadily since 2003, that fact has not changed. As long as the sun continues to shine, it will provide a renewable source of energy, and it will continue to vastly exceed the world’s energy demand.

Gas, oil, coal, and all fossil fuels, are limited. They all have to be taken from the ground…dug, mined, pumped, cleaned, processed and then most of them must be shipped somewhere…a long way from where they were discovered. The processing of fossil fuels creates environmentally damaging by-products as they are converted into energy. Greenhouse gases and other environmental hazards are produced.

Solar energy is clean, and produces no negative by-products. It can be captured and used on site…directly from the sky to the oven that bakes your pie.

Capturing the energy of water for hydroelectricity also has a price. The natural flow of water is changed with the dams we have built, as is the natural order for fish. In addition, dams also have a greater potential for failure as they age.

Once it’s been captured, there’s no more payment for solar energy…it’s free. Capturing it won’t end in a downstream disaster, nor will there be a subsequent upstream battle that destroys the natural order and flow for fish life.

Atomic energy is another energy source option. One of its drawbacks, though, is that it requires an extremely limited resource…uranium. Plus, even the most secure environs, it’s been proven to be both very unstable and highly volatile. Atomic power strikes fear into the hearts and minds of the majority of people because of its proven capability to maim and disfigure humans and all life as we know it on the planet.

Solar energy’s been around since…well…forever. It’s getting easier and easier to harness its power. Best of all, solar energy is friendly, safe, and effective.

Other renewable energy sources are, of course, also evolving.

Biomass energy is considered a renewable energy. Biomass energy, which consists of energy derived from living or recently living organisms, such as garbage, wood, landfill gases, and waste, are incinerated to create energy. There is a positive end result in the creation of energy from most of these sources. However, our reliance on wood for energy must be tempered. Trees have been cut, chopped and burned to create energy. We’ve destroyed a major portion of our natural forests already to satisfy our insatiable need for energy. We’ve diluted our watershed and polluted our air. Although viewed as a balance, biomass energy also creates a by-product, CO2, which is released into the air, creating the same pollution risk and environmental hazard as fossil fuels.

Solar energy dilutes nothing, pollutes nothing.

One very promising renewable energy source reaching fruition quickly is wind power. Totally awesome…another of nature’s gifts…and being harnessed and used to a greater extent throughout the world. Wind power, however, has even more variability…and less dependability…than solar power.

Wave power is another renewable energy source that is still in its infancy. Capturing the surface waves of the ocean, and using that power for electrical generation and water desalination, however, is expected to be used very effectively as the technology is advanced.

Another source of energy with potential is geothermal power, or power extracted from heat stored in the earth. Geothermal power plants exist worldwide, but exist almost exclusively on the edges of world tectonic plates, where high temperature geothermal resources are close to the surface. Certainly a resource to be expanded and not ignored, but also one that requires substantial development cost, and depending on its operation, can produce greenhouse gases. Although creating a lower per energy unit pollution cost than fossil fuels, it is still not as environmentally friendly as solar energy.

Had the world researched, expanded and exploded solar energy rather than fossil fuel energy in the same time frame, there is no question we would now have a friendlier place to live.

Let’s not say at this point, however, that all is lost. Somewhere…every day…the sun is shining. It waits for us to discover and use all of its ability to befriend and care for us beyond the ability of any other energy source.

Learn more about solar power advantages. Stop by Timothy Peters’s site where you can find out all about home solar power and what it can do for you.

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Peters, Timothy "Is Solar Energy Better Than Other Forms Of Energy?." Is Solar Energy Better Than Other Forms Of Energy?. 7 Aug. 2010. uberarticles.com. 30 Dec 2014 <http://uberarticles.com/environment/is-solar-energy-better-than-other-forms-of-energy/>.

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