Environment

4 Common Sustainable Energy Types

Written by Adrian

The world today has gotten to the point when energy is very expensive. This is because most of the world still uses fossil fuels, a type of non-renewable resource as the main component of power plants. The good thing is that there are some companies that are slowly incorporating renewable resources as possible energy sources.

A great example is the rise of solar panel installations in the Philippines. this indicates that more and more people are now considering solar energy as a viable alternative to the energy generated from fossil fuels.

It is important to remember that solar energy is not the only type of sustainable energy that is readily available for consumption. There are many other kinds of sustainable energy sources that can easily be incorporated into a source of energy. Here are some of the most common types of sustainable energy.

 

Solar Energy

As mentioned above, solar energy might just be the most abundant sustainable energy that can be found in almost all parts of the world. Particularly strong in tropical countries where the strength of the sun is at its fullest, solar energy can be harnessed through solar panels. For example, in the Philippines, solar panel installations can be found in the roofs of houses, and on top of offices to take advantage of the strong sunlight that can be utilized. Solar energy systems have some of the more complex systems when it comes to generating electricity.

 

Wind Energy

Just like how the old ships with gigantic sails use the wind to propel the ship through the sea, the wind is also strong enough of a force that it can be used to generate electricity through windmills. In most countries where there are consistently strong winds, companies are already in the process of commercializing energy generated from them. As compared to the complex systems that solar energy systems have, windmills have a simpler system, relying on the kinetic energy that is generated by the windmill spinning.

 

Hydroelectric Energy

Almost 70% of the Earth is covered in water. And even within the greatest land masses, there will still be bodies of water. When on the move, these bodies of water can generate tremendous forces. These forces are what is being utilized by hydroelectric dams to generate electricity. Hydroelectric energy makes use of the gravitational potential of elevated water that is trying to find its way back to sea level.

 

Geothermal Energy

The very core of the planet is extremely hot because of radioactive decay from the very creation of the Earth. The heat within the planet that can be utilized in certain parts of the world can be used as another source of energy. The high temperatures are enough to boil water, forming steam. And the steam will be the driving force to make a turbine spin and generate electricity.

 

Key Takeaway

There are many ways to generate energy. For the longest time, people have been using fossil fuels, non-renewable resources as the primary energy source because of how effective it is. However, as time goes on, sustainable energy becomes more and more viable not just because of the dwindling amounts of fossil fuels, but also for the sustainability of the planet.

About the author

Adrian

Freelance writer from the Philippines. Loves to read and write about anything and everything. Blog contributor to different websites.

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