Compared to other renewable sources of energy, Gasification technology and solar power along with the well-talked about nuclear processes are on the way to becoming the leading renewable energy sources round the world in the near future. But which is ‘better’?
Gasification technology is not a new phenomenon; it’s actually been around for over one hundred years. It’s a natural way of combusting waste, whether household or commercial to produce clean energy worldwide in over twenty-six countries to date. ‘Syngas’ is produced from Gasification Technology. It allows for the breakdown of carbon-based material (such as plastic bags) to generate electricity, produce bio-fuels and power hydrogen fuel cells which is a common ‘drive’ in car production towards a cleaner future.
Whilst burning rubbish is deemed a productive way to remove the 250 billion tonnes produced per year, many also argue that Solar power is the environmentally friendly way forward. The ‘sun shines everyday’ is often said, its true, although many may not realize it if there’s a cloud in the way! A solar light in your garden will collect, create and store electricity from the light and shine brightly in the dark.
Many towns and cities operate on the same basis, no lights during day time, shine brightly at night, the difference is that the electricity used is rarely renewable, indeed it is in fact ‘dirty energy’ in terms of emissions and sources. Are solar farms sustainable over say a field of cows or wheat? Are they any more desirable on the eye than say a wind farm? It’s not windy everyday is it? Is Nuclear really any safer and better?
These are the many questions we will face as energy policy around the world moves towards “sustainability”. These are the many questions we will face as energy policy around the world moves towards “sustainability”. Wind turbines are too loud, too big, too everything. Solar may well be too unsustainable, too expensive, too blue, however the concept on one on every roof is something as a global community that needs to be seriously considered. Personal household energy storage? There’s a thought. Gasification technology can burn that rubbish we love throwing away, produce that energy need from something we don’t like. The question with that is would you have one round the corner from you? ‘NIMBYism is rife when it comes to working out the global technological solution to the looming energy crisis.
Perhaps a bit of all three technologies is the real viable solution for alternative energy.
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