Why Clean Energy Matters?

Why Clean Energy Matters?

Clean Energy

Clean energy is energy obtained from renewable, zero-emission, non-polluting sources when used, as well as energy saved with energy efficiency measures.

There is some degree of transition between clean energy and green or renewable energy sources, but they are not quite the same. To understand the difference, it's worth understanding what it actually means.

What Does Clean Energy Mean?

Clean energy is energy derived from sources that release air pollutants, while green energy is energy derived from natural sources. Although they are often said to be the same, there is a subtle difference between these two types of energy.

Renewable energy is power produced from constantly renewed sources. These renewable energy sources include wind and solar energy, which, unlike fossil fuels and gas, are inexhaustible.

However, while most green energy sources are renewable, not all renewable energy sources are considered green. For example, hydropower is a renewable resource, but some may argue that it is not green as the deforestation and industrialization associated with the construction of hydro dams can harm the environment.

The perfect clean energy mix emerges where green energy meets renewable energy such as solar and wind energy.

An easy way to remember the differences between these different types of energy is:

-Clean energy = clean air

-Green energy = natural resources

-Renewable energy = recyclable resources

How does it work?

Clean energy works by generating power without having negative environmental impacts such as the release of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. Many clean energies are also renewable, including wind power, some hydro sources, and solar power generation.

Why is it Important?

The most important aspect of clean energy is the environmental benefits as part of a global energy future. Clean, renewable resources also protect the earth's natural resources while reducing the risk of environmental disasters such as fuel leaks or problems with natural gas leaks. With fuel diversification, it is possible to create reliable power sources to increase energy security and provide enough to meet our demands, through different power plants using different energy sources.

What are the Benefits?

Clean energy provides a variety of environmental and economic benefits, including reductions in air pollution. A diverse clean energy supply also reduces reliance on imported fuels (and its associated financial and environmental costs).

Renewable clean energy also has cost savings at its core, as resources naturally renew themselves and there is no need to extract and transport fuels such as oil or coal.

Other industrial benefits of the clean energy mix are job creation to develop, produce and install clean energy sources of the future.

How Can Clean Energy Be Used?

Depending on the source of the energy, clean energy can be used for a variety of different applications, from electricity generation to heating water and more.

Solar energy can be used to heat and light buildings, generate electricity, directly heat and cool water, and more. Solar panels enable the energy from the sun to be collected and converted into electricity. While solar panels are often used for small electrical work like charging batteries, many people are already using solar power for their small garden lanterns. However, this same clean energy technology can scale up to larger panels used to power homes or other buildings, or even installations of multiple solar panels, such as a community solar panel array to power entire towns.

Water is another clean resource with some amazing applications. The most obvious are hydroelectric power stations that take the flow of water from rivers, streams or lakes to generate electricity.

Wind power, onshore and offshore wind farms are becoming more and more common. But wind energy can also be used on a much smaller scale to generate electricity or even provide a power source to charge cell phones.

The Future of Clean Energy

The future of clean energy looks bright, with more renewable energy capacity being installed in recent years globally than new fossil fuel and nuclear capacity combined. Renewables now account for more than a third of installed power capacity globally.

As the world's population continues to grow, there is an ever-increasing demand for energy, and renewable sources are responding while protecting the planet from climate change as well as providing sustainable energy solutions.

Of course, since fossil fuels are a finite resource, it makes sense for the future to be renewable, and therefore renewables are expected to continue to increase in number and reduce cost as well.

How Can Clean Energy Reduce Global Warming?

Humans have been using fossil fuels for more than 150 years, and as their use has increased, the emissions of greenhouse gases resulting from the combustion of these fuels have also increased. These greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere and cause the Earth's temperature to rise. This is a symptom of climate change seen in global warming, an increase in extreme weather events, changes in wildlife habitats and populations, rising sea levels and other impacts.

Since renewable energy sources do not emit greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, they do not contribute to global warming. While these renewable resources mean that climate change is not progressing, measures such as reforestation can help mitigate damage to the climate by combining to reduce global warming.

Conclusion

As reliance on fossil fuels continues to decline, clean energy looks like the future for humanity's power needs around the world. As the move towards clean, green and renewable energy continues to progress, the cost will come down and work will be done to develop and install these new power solutions.

More and more people are recognizing the environmental, societal and economic benefits of clean energy, and this progress will continue as more cities, states and nations sign up for a green power agenda.

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