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The Solar Revolution Driven By Farmers

December 2, 2019
renewable energy in agriculture

Farms across the U.S. are turning to solar as a means to offset tough times spurred by the trade war. Will renewable energy in agriculture help communities deal with the scarcity of resources?

Environmental Forces and Trade Disputes

Razor-sharp margins, ecological forces and trade threats have led to a volatile environment for farmers. Now more than ever, environmental forces are shaping day-to-day operations. Droughts, extreme rain and forest fires contribute to the current unstable market state. Environmental effects have also made it harder to predict crop yields. This uncertainty, combined with increased costs, has led farmers to give up the profession or seek alternative sources of income.

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How to Transition from a Tech Filled World to Off-the-Grid Homesteading

November 20, 2019
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What does being “off-the-grid” mean exactly? The way most people who are talking about the grid refer to no longer being dependent on the power grid. This takes more than a couple of solar panels and a tiny home, although that’s a good start. Transitioning to off-grid homesteading takes planning and a lot of consideration. Read on to learn about the things you need to consider before making the switch.

Evaluate How Much Energy You Currently Use

In order to figure out how much energy you and your family use you can start recording and analyzing your monthly electric bills or you can buy a Kilowatt Meter to perform energy audits. The Kilowatt Meter report will allow you to see how much energy every electronic item in your house is using. Then it’s up to you to reduce the use of that electronic or find an alternative! Making your family aware of all the energy being used every month is important in making the decision if you and your family are ready and able to go live off the grid.

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Technology Helping Us Create Clean Oil Drilling Techniques

October 28, 2019
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Oil and clean aren’t two words you usually see together. The oil and petroleum industry has a reputation for being dirty — one of the biggest polluters and, overall, a threat to the environment. The reputation isn’t entirely unearned, as the industry is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and pollution.

But oil and gas executives are facing a crisis of reputation that threatens the future of the industry. Younger generations’ poor view of the industry makes it difficult to attract talented engineers. These threats to long-term profits have industry officials rethinking both their drilling methods and overall business strategy.

Now, the oil and petroleum industry is turning to new technologies that they hope will result in “clean” oil drilling — drilling that doesn’t produce nearly as much pollution or harm to the environment.

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How Energy Deregulation and Privatization Could Impact Renewable Energy

October 14, 2019
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Many recent news stories discuss how societies must become more dependent on renewable energy. Relying on fossil fuels is not sustainable, but investing in renewables helps ensure our planet’s future. However, evidence suggests that energy deregulation and privatization could both impact these resources.

Energy deregulation attempts to resist energy company monopolies by increasing the number of competitors in the marketplace. The process functions with a reverse auction, whereby energy providers aim to sell their offerings at the lowest possible rate. The energy goes through the existing infrastructure. The utility companies that own it transmit the power to customers, but they don’t set the prices paid.

Privatization occurs when the responsibility of supplying energy to the people who need it transfers from public-funded ventures, such as those operated by the government, to privately held companies. Let’s take a look at how deregulation and privatization in the energy market could influence renewable energy.

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Advantages of Hydropower for Energy Generation

September 27, 2019
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People are increasingly concerned about finding renewable energy sources to meet the world’s needs. They know that fossil fuels are no longer realistic to depend on, especially as we become more aware of the growing threats associated with climate change.

Hydropower is one method of energy generation that offers many benefits. This option involves capturing the energy generated by water moving downstream, and the water cycle as a whole. The volume of the flowing water and the change in elevation as water flows downward are two things that impact the energy generated by hydropower.

In some cases, the water’s movement powers a turbine at a hydropower plant. Systems also exist that store water and release it as needed to generate energy. In the United States, hydropower is the country’s largest single renewable energy source for electricity.

Here are some of the perks that hydropower offers:

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Humanitarian Engineering Bringing Renewable Energy to Disaster-Hit Communities

July 18, 2019

Public attention may fade, but the effects of a natural disaster can linger long after camera crews have left. The lasting consequences of Hurricane Maria on the island of Puerto Rico serve as a fitting example of this phenomenon. After the hurricane severely compromised their power grid, the island’s infrastructure fell apart, and entire towns went without electricity for almost a year.

In the wake of the destruction, families had to depend on backup generators, navigating a dangerous landscape of leaning power poles, fallen trees and other debris. Fortunately, humanitarian engineering has helped manage the energy needs of affected areas in the aftermath of many natural disasters.

The executive director and co-founder of Empowered by Light, Moira Hanes, sees renewable energy as the solution. Her nonprofit partnered with the Las Vegas Fire Department to install solar hubs at firehouses across Puerto Rico. The solar and construction companies Sunrun and Aireko also participated.

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Women in Engineering Continuing to Gain Renown in the Field

May 27, 2019
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Women aren’t a new occurrence in engineering, but until recently the field has been primarily dominated by men. In today’s world, even in the states that have the highest number of female graduates with engineering degrees, women still only make up, at most, 22% of graduates and 14% of working engineers.

That hasn’t stopped these amazing women from making some astonishing discoveries, though. Let’s take a closer look at the advances that women are making in engineering and how schools are trying to get more girls interested in the field.

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What Impact Would a Fourth Industrial Revolution Have on the Planet?

March 18, 2019
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The first industrial revolution started in the 18th century, and most people know it as an era that spurred the development of the steam engine and contributed to more urbanization. Several other industrial revolutions followed, and a common thread among them was that each period had tremendous technological advances. We’re now in the fourth industrial revolution (4IR). How might it affect the Earth?

Professor Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, argues that it’s fundamentally different from previous revolutions. The earlier ones helped humans break free from their dependence on animals and gave them access to the digital world, plus furthered mass production. However, this era blends the physical, digital and biological worlds through a range of technologies.

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