Energy is a vastly necessary element for society to thrive. Throughout the world, various methods are used to power cities, and homes with industrial energy which relies on fuel substances. Although the world runs on fuel, the world is also made of fuel. Many of the fuels that we use today in society to power our cities and homes are nonrenewable, and each day we use these fuels is another day we will be without them in the future. Energy is essential for many aspects of a developed society, such as transportation, agriculture, waste collection, communications, and information technology. Without electricity, we would not be as efficient as a society, and the world as we know it would come to a complete stop. Knowing that our fuels may someday run out, is there an alternative energy source that can continue societies
There are alternative energy sources that we could use to sustain our civilizations that are natural and renewable. Renewable energy is composed of elements from renewable resources that replenish naturally such as rain, geothermal heat, sunlight, wind, ocean waves and tides to name commonly known renewable energy sources. Renewable energy can be just as if not more effective than using nonrenewable fuels, and they take the anxiety out of calculating energy usage. Although there are many benefits of using renewable natural energy sources, only 19.3% of humans’ global energy consumption is renewable energy, solar power being the most popular.
Solar energy may prove to be the most effective and necessary energy source, due to the sun being available daily and worldwide, until the night where the reserved power collected throughout the day will take the place of the direct solar energy that was provided during the day. Solar energy is also accessible to individuals and not distributed in a grid where everyone would be using the same distribution system, which would make each solar power user responsible for his or her power source. How does one become a part of such a solution to the worlds energy needs? There are many companies worldwide which specialize in the installation and maintenance of solar power systems, such as Solar Man Australia.
Solar energy is harnessed through the sun’s rays and heat and distributed through technologies using a process called artificial photosynthesis. There are two types of solar energy, active solar, and passive solar, which are distinguished by their abilities to convert solar energy into solar power which can be distributed. The heat is collected through either solar water heating, concentrated solar power, or photovoltaic systems. The International Energy Agency states, “The development of affordable, inexhaustible and clean solar energy technologies will have huge long-term benefits. It will increase countries’ energy security through reliance on an indigenous, inexhaustible and mostly import-independent resource, enhance sustainability, reduce pollution, lower the costs of mitigating global warming, and keep fossil fuel prices lower than otherwise. These advantages are global. Hence the additional costs of the incentives for early development should be considered learning investments; they must be wisely spent and need to be widely shared” (REG). This quote shows the importance and high demand for solar power energy worldwide.