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Solar Roadways Fail Despite High Investments

May 27, 2020
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The solar energy industry has increased exponentially, with a 48% annual growth rate in the last decade. As a market with such high potential, engineers rushed to discover more innovative ways to utilize this technology.

When experts first proposed the concept of solar roadways, it seemed like a great idea. With access to so much existing infrastructure, adding solar panels to roads appeared like an easy solution. Photovoltaic roadways garnered interest as an advanced way to harvest energy off of impermeable surfaces. 

Unfortunately, the concept was misguided and proved to be entirely ineffective. Not only did the solar panels produce less than half of the energy proposed, but developers also found that the large-scale installations were incredibly impractical financially. 

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5 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Environmental Impacts

May 25, 2020
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The movement towards sustainability has taken off around the world. Fossil fuels like natural gas, oil and coal are harmful to the environment, and people are encouraging the use of renewable energy. Hydrogen fuel cells are now entering the eco-friendly scene in an impactful way. 

From sustainability to production, hydrogen fuel cells offer an alternative to fossil fuels that’s practical and doable. With this change, industries of all kinds — from transportation to manufacturing — can start to incorporate hydrogen fuel cells into their operations. Hydrogen fuel cell environmental impacts are what set this resource apart from the rest. 

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10 Hydrogen Fuel Cells Advantages and Disadvantages

May 22, 2020
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We are most familiar with hydrogen as an energy source in several organic compounds. These compounds are referred to as hydrocarbons and help form natural gas, propane and gasoline. Hydrogen fuel cell technology, on the other hand, is a process that transforms chemical energy into electrical. Because of its potential as a clean source of power, it has become an alternative to combustion-based systems.

Most hydrogen forms by separating it from natural gas, though scientists are working on other innovative ways of accomplishing this. One method of hydrogen gas extraction is through electrolysis. This process requires running an electric current through water, resulting in the separation of hydrogen and oxygen atoms. Unfortunately, this method is not cheap and involves carbon-intensive energy sources like oil and natural gas. 

Hydrogen fuel cell technology may change the way we power vehicles in the future. However, it also presents a few key challenges. Let’s examine hydrogen fuel cells’ advantages and disadvantages and what they mean for the future development of this energy source.

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10 Benefits of Green Technology You Should Be Aware Of

May 8, 2020
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Every day, people decide to change their lifestyles to become more sustainable. They might want to minimize their carbon footprint or help the local environment. It depends on your goals, but you don’t have to figure out your new status-quo on your own.

Technology is here to help you reach your sustainability goals. Check out these 10 benefits of green technology you should be aware of. They’ll help you ease into your new habits so that you can enjoy every step along your upcoming eco-friendly journey.

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Key Advantages and Disadvantages of Nuclear Energy

May 1, 2020
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When you hear the words “nuclear energy,” you might think of a radioactive core, a steaming power plant or maybe even nuclear bombs like the one dropped on Hiroshima. While these are all accurate representations of nuclear energy, they generally come with negative connotations. However, nuclear energy also presents a number of advantages. Below, we’ll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear energy and what the future of energy may look like.

Advantages of Nuclear Energy

Nuclear energy often comes under fire for being dangerous and disadvantageous, especially if something goes wrong. However, the only time people typically hear about nuclear plants is when something does, in fact, go awry. What most of the public doesn’t know is that there are actually several advantages to this type of energy.

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Renewable Energy vs. Nuclear: Which is a More Viable Option

April 29, 2020
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As concerns about the global impacts of climate change grow, the need for clean energy has become increasingly clear. The current rates of fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions must dramatically reduce if we hope to keep climate change’s effects to a minimum. Thankfully, there are several options for generating electricity without pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere — and many are already in use.

Nuclear power plants and renewable energy generators like wind farms and hydroelectric dams currently provide a combined 19% of the power consumed in the United States. That number is even higher in other countries. Expanding nuclear and renewable energy programs can combat climate change by reducing reliance on fossil fuels.

But between renewable energy and nuclear, which is the more viable option? Let’s compare these two types of energy generation below.

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Renewable Energy vs. Fossil Fuels: What Does the Future Hold For Energy?

April 27, 2020
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As coal plants continue to falter in production and solar capacity increases, the future of energy remains unknown. While renewable sources grow on a global scale, fossil fuels still account for the vast majority of our energy usage. In fact, only 20 fossil fuel companies account for more than a third of carbon emissions.

When it comes to renewable energy vs. fossil fuels, the projected outcomes vary widely. Some reports see peak fossil fuel demand as a past event, while others show the climax approaching in forthcoming years. When comparing the two, it’s essential to consider current rates of production and future trends. Forecasted changes depend on the cost efficiency of renewables, consumer demand for sustainable options, political and financial backing and the decrease of energy usage on a global scale.

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The Status of Corporate Renewable Energy Goals In 2020

March 6, 2020
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Driven by a need for low-cost and minimally invasive energy solutions, renewable energy saw a considerable resurgence throughout 2019. According to the National Energy Regulatory Commission, it surpassed traditional coal, generating most of the electric power in the U.S. More specifically, wind and solar combined were responsible for 50% of the total renewable energy generated in the States.

The question is, how long will this continue? What are we looking at in terms of future growth for renewable energy?

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Wildlife

How The Construction Industry Can Disrupt Wildlife

January 1, 2020
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The construction industry has made many changes to move toward sustainability. Companies praise the advantages, while industry leaders, such as the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Building Initiative, set eco-friendly standards. Still, people acknowledge construction has an undeniable impact on wildlife. In 2018, the U.S. spent more than $300 billion on new public development alone.

It will be challenging for any industry to cease environmental harm. Wildlife and construction, in particular, are a poor match. Environmentalists around the world hope companies will make strides towards a future without animal cruelty and ecosystem destruction.

Habitat Intrusion

Animals suffer when industries advance and expand, uprooting their homes. Businesses tear down forests and natural habitats to make room for shopping malls, restaurants and more. Some species learn how to thrive in these urban environments, such as foxes, birds, squirrels, opossums and more.

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Renewable Energy is Changing On-Site Construction Energy Usage

December 30, 2019
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Climate change — it’s a topic we can’t stop talking about. As we burn fossil fuels, like coal, petroleum and natural gas, we produce harmful emissions. These emissions trap heat in the atmosphere and pollute the Earth.

Modern buildings are the third-largest consumer of fossil energy, right after industry and agriculture. To reduce the effects of climate change — prolonged droughts, frequent wildfires, natural disasters, etc. — this sector must make a change. 

Many businesses and municipalities have set goals to go net-zero — produce as much energy as they consume. The result is green buildings, those that implement eco-friendly practices in a variety of ways. The integration of renewable energy technology is a must. However, green buildings also consider sustainable applications in water use, heating and cooling.

Green initiatives are necessary for a sustainable future. As the energy market transforms, industries must adapt to renewable energy construction.

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