Other types of potential alternative energy
On this page I hope to show that we on this planet have many types of energy that we can and should use other that the expensive and destructive fuels now in use today.
First what is Alternative energy?
In my opinion Alternative energy is typically defined as coming from sources that do not deplete natural resources or harm the environment, fuel sources that are other than those that come from fossil fuels, some examples would be wind, solar, biomass, wave and tidal energy.
I am sure by now everyone has heard about solar ,wind, and water power but, what is this biomass, wave, tidal power and what else is out on the horizon for us to use?
Please allow me to state right up front that I believe that not only should alternative energy save money, energy and the environment it also should not be harmful to life as we know it plant or animal!
We seem to be including nuclear and clean coal into alternative energy, WHY?
As I have already stated in other energy pages I believe that Clean Coal is an oxymoron, coal is and will always be a form of dirt!
Now, if we must use a type of nuclear fuel we may want to scrap all that are in use today for some that can help us use up their spent fuel rods. However, why not just scrap them all and replace them with one or all of our newer types of alternative energy and put our scientist to work on cleaning up their mess called deadly spent fuel rods? This can also free us from the ever present danger from terrorist attacks! How is a terrorist going to attack a tree, the waves, algae or solar panel?
One quick statement before we get started, Natural gas comes
from the ground it is also haziest fuel, and L.P. gas is petroleum!
O.K. let us get started with this newer biofuels, please understand that I am not an expert in this field although I do know algae and understand why it should be used so let us now learn from some of the experts.
Algae-based biofuels offer exciting energy potential below are some web sites I hope will help you understand what is out there for us to use.
By using Algae for a replacement fuel we can save growing wheat, corn, rice and many other types of plants that we are now using for our food!
Let's Start at the Very Beginning...
In the beginning, there were algae, but there was no oil
Then, from algae came oil.
Now, the algae are still there, but oil is fast depleting
In the near future, there will be no oil, but there will still be algae
So, doesn't it make sense to explore if we can again get oil from algae?
This is what we try to do at Oilgae.com - explore the potential of getting oil from algae
Please read on!
And a couple other great web site are
Algae-Based Fuels Set to Bloom
Oil from microorganisms could help ease the nation's energy woes.
Hawaii's Conversion of Coal Plant to Biomass Marks a New Trend
A coal-fired power plant in Pepeekeo, Hawaii, that formerly provided electricity to a sugar mill is now being converted into a 24-megawatt (MW) biomass power plant. MMA Renewable Ventures is financing the conversion and will operate the new plant, which will be called the Hū Honua Bioenergy Facility. Located about 8 miles north of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii, the facility will draw on residual wood from the local timber industry and other biomass wastes to produce enough power for about 18,000 homes, meeting up to 10% of the Big Island's electricity needs.
The Hu Honua clean energy project
Smithsonian national museum
Ocean Wave Energy
Except for my time in the navy I am not an expert on ocean wave energy
so let us go to some of theirs and learn together.
Ocean wave energy is captured directly from
surface waves or from pressure fluctuations below the surface.
News and Information about Wave Energy and Ocean Power Technologies.
I could learn to like this application because boats & ships must go around them so any sea creatures hanging around would be safe from them.
Again let's let the experts teach us.
Wave power to go commercial in California
Keep in mind that most lakes have waves also.
Tidal power is very easy to understand however, I would like to learn from the experts.
Tidal power - energy from the sea
How Tidal Power Plants Work
There are three basic ways we can harness tidal power.
There are three basic ways to tap the ocean for its energy. We can use the ocean's waves, we can use the ocean's high and low tides, or we can use temperature differences in the water.
L.A. to turn sludge from treated wastewater into energy
I know that we should stick pipes deep into all of our landfills our forefathers
left us with and use up that very danger methane gas and if a business
or company wish to build and work from the land we should allow them too.
We are now using garbage incinerators to burn for electricity so why not our wastewater sludge?
Wastewater sludge can become a
new resource for alternative energy
Alexandria, VA Wastewater treatment plants are net users of energy. In the U.S. they consume an estimated 21 billion kilowatt hours per year. There are important reasons for this energy use, as society demands increasingly intensive treatment to remove nutrients and chemicals from wastewater before it is discharged back into water bodies or is reused. But energy use is coming under increasing scrutiny, with the financial cost of energy and the environment cost of energy generation driving new interest in the conversion of sewage sludge to energy.
Washington, June 2 (ANI): Scientists have determined that wastewater sludge has the potential of becoming a new resource for alternative energy.
According to a report in ENN (Environmental News Network), wastewater treatment is coming under increasing scrutiny, with the financial cost of energy and the environment cost of energy generation driving new interest in the conversion of sewage sludge to energy.
That's also because the view of municipal sewage has shifted, from a waste to be treated and disposed of, to a resource that can be processed for recovery of energy, nutrients, and other constituents.
Research has demonstrated that sewage actually contains 10 times the energy needed to treat it, and it is technically feasible to recover energy from sludge.
As renewable energy, it can be directly used for wastewater treatment, reducing the facilities dependency on conventional electricity.
The greater the quantity of energy produced by the industry, the more the industry can help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
Using solids as a resource rather than a waste may help stressed public budgets as well. Wastewater solids must be processed prior to disposal, and solids handling accounts for as much as 30 percent of a wastewater treatment facilities costs.
According to a paper State of the Science Report: Energy and Resource Recovery from Sludge, published by the Global Water Research Coalition, converting solids to energy is feasible and desirable, from a treatment perspective.