Electric Cars: They Only Run on Renewables Depending on Where You Are

Posted by admin on April 16, 2015
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Electric Cars are amazing. So are so great, that most of us are familiar with a relatively large number of such models. You will certainly know the Chevrolet Volt, Ford C-Max, Toyota Prius, BMW i8, and of course, the Tesla Model S. In spite of the relatively recent surge in both popularity and sales of these vehicles. In spite of this, in the early years of the automobile, electricity was the most popular form of propulsion followed by steam and gasoline. Today, they are hailed as a new way of getting around while reducing the use of non-renewables such as petrol or gas. While this is true at the stage of refueling, or in this case, recharging your vehicle, this is not necessarily the full picture. While you will no longer be filling your car up with a fossil fuel at the pump, the electricity used may have been produced with fossil fuels. Local electricity production facilities could be coal power stations, gas power stations, and other sources of greenhouse gases.

Why Where You Are?

How does where you are matter, though? The way in this matters is that some countries and regions have differing ratios of renewable energy use. Today over 10% of the world’s electricity production is from renewable, and this is rising. The countries which have public electric vehicle charging stations leading the pack in terms of the share of renewable energy relative to total energy production are Norway, Austria, Canada, Switzerland, and Sweden. The US states which produce the most renewable energy proportionally are Idaho, Washington, Oregon, South Dakota, and Maine.

What to Do?

When purchasing an electric car, therefore, particularly with the intention of reducing your CO2 emissions, bear one thing in mind. In order to reduce your carbon footprint to the maximum, check the share of energy produced from renewables in your country or region. This way, you can ensure that greenhouse gas emissions resulting from your driving are minimized. If possible, do move. Otherwise, compare and contrast the relative CO2 production between your chosen electric car and a low emission or hybrid vehicle.

Why is Australia Missing Out on the Renewable Energy Idea?

Posted by admin on March 26, 2015
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Australia not only has the resources to install a full force renewable energy regime, but it comes down to uncertainty within the renewable energy policy that has forced this country to several lag behind. While China, UK and India are not only proving that their resources are conducting fantastic reviews and promising futures, they are also cutting down on greenhouse gas that has affected our air pollution for some time now. So why has Australia who not only has the right equipment and stability to ensure that they can use their renewable energy 500 times over but as it was stated the uncertainty grows as does the threat to diminish the their renewable energy prospects.

This is because with recent development from the look at the G20 economies, Australia has lost their investments and even jobs when it comes to this idea. Simply not even people within the system are backing the fundamental properties that their sources can not only fix but help produce.

Month’s long battle has been compromised within the union, various parties and businesses that affect the very outcome towards the country’s energy renewal future. By finding a middle ground that suggests a certain amount of wattage will be produced and used by the existing energy that Australia already consumes, the fault here would be the worry amongst its council members. Another problem would be the cost towards the operating cost, which would indefinitely cut the jobs already available.

By stepping away from the political aspect from the situation, a conclusion still has not surfaced. However, it seems that when it will come down to businesses it may be their choice to choose a renewable system that will benefit their current employment and space. Which all in all would be a good thing, but a bit limiting since it would not be a government issued necessity to all individuals. Nevertheless good things can come out of a struggle and hopefully once a few more opinions have been exchanged on the floor a steady result will profit for Australia to officially become one of the countries that has embraced renewable energy.

Costa Rica Hits a 75 Day Milestone by Using Renewable Energy

Posted by admin on March 26, 2015
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With absolutely no fossil fuels being used to sustain any of the energy for Costa Rice, the numerous amounts of rainfall they have received has been powering their energy grid to every citizen by the use of their hydropowered plants. While the Costa Rican Electricity Institute released this statement they also said with the help of any remaining power was collected through solar panels, wind turbines and geothermal plants.

What is astonishing is how Costa Rica is already working towards finding a solution when it comes to drought. Which they experienced heavily last year, since this new year they have majorly received heavy rains followed by light rain showers causing the four reservoirs to fill completely keeping a generous supply of energy on hand. As of now, the Institute is working with a government approved idea to tap into the volcano resources that would be available to them during the dry seasons.

This huge milestone showed that Costa Rica came in second for energy performance in the world, providing energy to nearly 99% of the households in the country. Following Iceland’s steps that are at a near 100% energy based country, these small populations are generating buzz by stepping up to the plate to show what the rest of the world should be focusing on. If bigger cities can follow suit, not only would our air be cleaner but the illness’ bred from pollution would be non-existent. Less stress on the planet would also be a big advantage, don’t forget that.

By harboring the excess materials, in this case rain water, which in tropical areas not only fall for days but can refill rivers and lakes with no problem. So by using an already natural given resource that generally can cause a bit of mischief and problem, taking the excess and transforming that into renewable energy that can last throughout a month or for the rest of the summer is excellent.

Taken the given conditions of some places that are fighting for survival this is not only solution but a process in which that can sustain and help channel the surviving planet we live on.

Solar Energy, the Issue With Its Domestic Applications

Posted by admin on January 22, 2015
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Solar power has been vaunted as a great alternative to tradition energy production methods. It is a passive way of producing energy. Once the panels are installed, beyond occasional cleaning, little work or maintenance is needed. Beyond the relatively high CO2 production used when making the solar panels, which does result in having to wait some time for the energy savings to exceed the CO2 used to make the panels in the first place, there are other issues when it comes to domestic application of solar panels.

One of the issues, which perhaps can be considered as somewhat absurd is a variation of what is known as the “Prius Effect”. The Prius Effect can be defined with the following example: A person might buy a Prius, an electric car produced by Toyota, for reasons beyond the wish to reduce CO2 emissions or save the environment. Also known as “conspicuous conservation”, the Prius Effect is a phenomenon which arises when a person chooses to adopt a method of CO2 emission reduction in order to be seen doing it. For instance a person will buy a Prius because it is a very distinctive vehicle, unlike other electric cars. How does this apply to solar panels? It applies to solar panels in one very significant way.

This significant way that it applies to solar panels is in the selection of where a homeowner will choose to have his solar panels installed on his home. It has been found in several parts of the United States of America, this may apply to other parts of the world, that a homeowner will not necessarily choose to place his solar panels in on the side of the the home which will receive the most sun. The way that this works, is that is the house is facing the street, the homeowner will choose to install the solar panels on the street-facing side, regardless of whether it is the sunniest side of the street. The reason for this is quite simple. If a person is going to spend a significant amount of money conserving energy, they will want to be seen doing it, regardless of how much energy savings will be foregone.Solar Energy, the Issue With Its Domestic Applications

Solar power has been vaunted as a great alternative to tradition energy production methods. It is a passive way of producing energy. Once the panels are installed, beyond occasional cleaning, little work or maintenance is needed. Beyond the relatively high CO2 production used when making the solar panels, which does result in having to wait some time for the energy savings to exceed the CO2 used to make the panels in the first place, there are other issues when it comes to domestic application of solar panels.

One of the issues, which perhaps can be considered as somewhat absurd is a variation of what is known as the “Prius Effect”. The Prius Effect can be defined with the following example: A person might buy a Prius, an electric car produced by Toyota, for reasons beyond the wish to reduce CO2 emissions or save the environment. Also known as “conspicuous conservation”, the Prius Effect is a phenomenon which arises when a person chooses to adopt a method of CO2 emission reduction in order to be seen doing it. For instance a person will buy a Prius because it is a very distinctive vehicle, unlike other electric cars. How does this apply to solar panels? It applies to solar panels in one very significant way.

This significant way that it applies to solar panels is in the selection of where a homeowner will choose to have his solar panels installed on his home. It has been found in several parts of the United States of America, this may apply to other parts of the world, that a homeowner will not necessarily choose to place his solar panels in on the side of the the home which will receive the most sun. The way that this works, is that is the house is facing the street, the homeowner will choose to install the solar panels on the street-facing side, regardless of whether it is the sunniest side of the street. The reason for this is quite simple. If a person is going to spend a significant amount of money conserving energy, they will want to be seen doing it, regardless of how much energy savings will be foregone.

Alternative Fuels: Liberating Us from Non-Renewables Part 2

Posted by admin on January 22, 2015
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One of the main applications of non-renewables is in automobiles. While they are used primarily to generate electricity, Alternative fuels used in motor vehicles are also known as biofuels. They are primarily in liquid form. This is due to the relatively high energy density, and ease of transport. One of the most efficient ways of burning these fuels is through an internal combustion engine, and the cleanest fuels to burn are either liquid or gas. The ease of pumping these fuels saves on labor, ands transportation costs.

Some biofuels have the advantage of being usable in existing motor vehicles, making the switch from a non-renewable fuel source, to a renewable one as easy as choosing a different pump at the petrol station. For instance, biodiesel, which is the most popular form of biofuel in Europe can be used in a standard diesel engine after some treatment. These fuels are typically derived from either oils or fats, and have a chemical composition which is very close to fossil diesel, or diesel made from fossil fuels. A wide range of vegetable oils can be used. They include soy, hemp, algae, and sunflower, among others. Although they are not the perfect solution when it comes to reducing emissions. They still produce CO2, for instance. The greenhouse gas emissions resulting to biodiesel use can be up to 60% lower than when compared to standard diesel. There are also certain limitations to the engine which may be used. Typically, the engine must be from a vehicle made from 1994 onwards. Today, however most engines do not need to be modified in any way to be compatible with biodiesel. Since the fuel is oxigenated, it has more oxygen and less CO2 than diesel. The fuel is also relatively safe. This is thanks to several reasons. The first is that it has a high flashpoint. It is also non-toxic. Finally, it is biodegradable. It also cleans the engine, thanks to its chemical and mineral properties, meaning that engine maintenance is reduced. As a result, engine efficiency is higher, and emissions are reduced even further.