Renewable Resources

Alternative Energy

Renewable energy comes from sources that may be continuously renewed by nature. Consequently, we will never be running out of these energy sources, that is, for as long the Sun’s nuclear fusion processes continue to provide the Earth with energy.

Here are a few examples:

Solar Power: Solar power is seen as renewable energy as expectations are that nuclear fusion processes that are powering the Sun will continue to generate sunlight for billions of years.

We are capturing the light of the Sun to:

  • Drive steam turbines to produce electricity (the concentration of Solar Power),
  • Heat  homes (via so-called Passive Solar Design or via an Active Solar Heating System),
  • Make hot water (via an Active or Passive Solar Hot Water System),
  • Cook (on a Solar Oven),
  • Distill water
  • Generate electricity by using solar electric (or photovoltaic) cells

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Demand for Skilled Workers in the Renewable Energy Sector

Energy

There is no dearth of job opportunities in the renewable energy sector. There is also great variety when it comes to renewable energy careers. This may often make it difficult for prospective employees to choose their professional niche. This also makes it possible for people from various backgrounds to make their foray into the field. Interested candidates may even undergo professional training to become a part of the industry.

Like any other sector, renewable energy recruitment also has much room for people from diverse backgrounds. These include marketing, communications and other fields of business support. There are diverse aspects of business and various other tasks associated with it. These include accounting, corporate planning, information technology, business law, finance and human resources.

Apart from these, career opportunities abound in diverse fields of the renewable technology sector. Opportunities in the sector are available in the fields of wind power, photovoltaics, solar power, hydropower, geothermal energy, and bio-energy.

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Energy Saving Tips: Green Living Within Your Means

Green Living

With high gas prices and global warming on many people’s minds, consumers are looking for ways they can participate in energy conservation and reduce their carbon footprint. And while you may not be ready to buy a Toyota Prius or install solar panels in your home, there a number of everyday things you can do to adopt a green living lifestyle and contribute to energy conservation.

Learn how to be eco-friendly and protect the environment without breaking the bank with these 10 Energy Saving Tips.

Think green and plant trees. If you’re wondering how to be eco-friendly, one of the best – and greenest – ways is to plant trees around your yard or office. Trees are inexpensive, require little maintenance and act as filters by constantly removing air pollution from the atmosphere.

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Understanding Global Warming

Alternative Energy

The most debated topic on earth is the issue of climate change. This a universally accepted statement. The system of the seasons is changing, and climatic conditions have become unpredictable.

Nonseasonal rains are being experienced, the earth is getting warmer, glaciers are melting down, and the sea levels are rising. Fertile lands are becoming infertile and diseases are spreading, some fear that life as we know it will be ending soon, just imagine what actions must be taken now to save our planet for next generations.

Who do you think is the culprit of these current situations? Well, in fact, it is us, as we are all humans, aren’t we? It is our own activities that have resulted in the current situation.

So the following questions might come to everybody’s mind:

1. What is it that we have done?
2. What are the effects on our environment?
3. How do environmental changes relate to Climate Change?
4. Can we do anything about it?

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How Will Solar PV Businesses Benefit From The New Incentives?

Alternative Energy

The Claymore MAC Global Solar Energy Index ETF, TAN, had fallen 78% over the past years, but they’re back. Most listed solar companies had fallen from 50% to 87% over that period, but a bright spark, however, was the passed economic stimulus bill which started boosting demand once again. With the extension of the Federal 30% tax credit and the removal of the $2000 cap, homeowners will see the price of solar PV get much more affordable.

And, for commercial developers of solar facilities, the new bill has provisions that would allow them to take the 30% tax credit as a grant instead. Some of the companies best positioned to ride out the challenges of this year are the big market-leading companies with adequate cash in hand. US manufacturer First Solar is one of these companies.

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Wave Energy

Alternative Energy

Wave energy is produced when electricity generators are placed on the surface of the ocean. The energy provided is most often used in desalination plants, power plants, and water pumps. Energy output is determined by wave height, wave speed, wavelength, and water density.

To date, there are only a handful of experimental wave generator plants in operation around the world. The articles on this page explore the world of wave energy and its possible applications.

PowerBuoy

The PowerBuoy is the wave energy device designed by Ocean Power Technologies (OPT). There are two larger scale PowerBuoys currently in development. They are known as the PB40ES and the PB150.

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Green Living – Change Your Career

Green Living

Going Green isn’t only about changing a light bulb or buying expensive products. Going Green is a way of life and has to do with our holistic approach to life. Our careful choices immediately have an impact on your health and, essentially, the health of our planet.

But don’t think that little things don’t matter! It just takes a bit of effort to go a long distance. Here you can find some tips on Green Living and How to Change your Career to make your life a little greener, too.

Are you really serious about Green Living and Going Green? Then, consider taking some big steps, what about changing your career and contributing to the development of clean energy technologies? That will help, wouldn’t it?!!

If not having the appropriate degree, don’t despair. If you don’t have a high school diploma, you can get your GED (even if you just study online) and apply for a green career, it might be something for you! Check out these free online classes for the GED on the BestGEDclasses website to learn how to do it. The GED credential is across North America recognized as equivalent to a standard high school diploma.

So nothing should be holding you back from a rewarding green career. Clean energy careers are hot, they are favorite choices of career for many students who are attracted by many well-paid and in-demand jobs. Clean energy job would make you feel good and will benefit our mother-earth.

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Climate Change and Global Warming

Energy

We all are concerned about climate change and the effects we already experience. But what if Global Warming is a natural phenomenon? Many people claim that on our planet, warmer and cooler periods have occurred for as far back as we are able to determine.

Periods of Global Warming have occurred some 100,000, 200,000 and 300,000 years ago, and scientific data has been obtained from proxy sources including sediment layers and rocks, ice cores, tree rings, and coral reefs. Compiling all these data allows us to determine temperatures millions of years ago.
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Renewable Energy Popular?

Energy

What obstacles keep us from switching to renewable energy?

Stranded Cost: Across the US, we already have been paying some one trillion dollars for the infrastructure for fossil fuels. There are people who say that, if we were to switch entirely to renewable fuels, this huge investment could be ‘stranded’, unless we would find ways to include it. This is why there is opposition against switching to renewable fuels as this would create a huge economic disincentive. There are others who argue that abandoning this existing infrastructure gradually would be a lot cheaper than giving it up immediately.

Upfront Cost: There are renewable sources (wind power, hydropower, and geothermal power) that are currently (practically) competitive with fossil fuels, but solar energy continues to be pretty much more costly than coal-based electricity. The budgetary mechanisms to that allow renewable fuel systems to be paying for themselves in a natural way simply do not exist yet.

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Wind Turbines – What Are They and What Can They Do for You?

Alternative Energy

When you hear the words wind turbine, you probably think of gigantic structures that generate electricity for big companies. Wind turbines actually come in a variety of different sizes and types. You could use a smaller version of the huge ones in order to generate electricity for your own home or business. There are tons of different ones to choose from and depending on how much electricity you need, you may be able to find the right one for you for less than you think.

So how does a wind turbine work? They generate electricity from the wind. Wind turbines most often come in the form of a windmill and are able to seemingly make electricity from thin air. In fact, they do! With a geared power train, wind turbines are able to generate lots of electricity. Some people favor these machines more than solar panels. They are cost effective and able to pay for themselves within a few short years.

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