Resource Management Issue Clean Energy

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ISSUE: CLEAN ENERGY 4

ResourceManagement Issue: Clean Energy

ResourceManagement Issue: Clean Energy

Theimportance of the environment cannot be understated as far as thewellbeing and health of individuals, as well as economy is concerned.Indeed, it has become pretty clear that the environment determinesthe quality of food that individuals consume, the cleanliness of theair that they breath and subsequently, their predisposition to healthissues and preventable diseases. However, recent times have seen anincrease in the level of attention that is given to energy resources.This may be as a result of the realization of the environmentaleffects of the current sources of energy.

Sincethe industrial revolution, there has been an increase in theutilization of coal and other fossil fuels in a large proportion ofmachines particularly in the transport sector. While the use offossil fuels may have triggered immense economic gains over theyears, it has also been acknowledged as having immense negativeimpacts. Indeed, research shows that the use of fossil fuels has beenprimarily to blame for the global warming (Wengenmayr&ampBührke,2013).The burning of fossil fuels results in production of carbon dioxide,which covers up the ozone layer, thereby preventing the eliminationor escape of the heat radiated from the earth to the atmosphere.Essentially, the heat is trapped between the earth and the ozonelayer, causing an increase in the temperatures (Wengenmayr&ampBührke,2013).

Further,researchers have acknowledged the limited nature of fossil fuels. Asmuch as the amount of fossils trapped under the ground may haveappeared unlimited initially, quite some fundamental reservoirs havebeen depleted as their utilization is increased. Essentially, it isbecoming clearer that there is need to come up with other renewableand cleaner sources of energy (Wengenmayr&ampBührke,2013).

Quitea number of renewable energy sources have been identified forexploration, each of which comes with its distinctive advantages anddisadvantages. These include wind energy, solar energy andgeothermal. Solar energy is obtained through the trapping of thesun’s energy using solar panels. The energy would then be stored inbatteries, from where households and businesses alike would use thesame (Wengenmayr&ampBührke,2013).Similarly, wind power is obtained through the installation of windturbines, which are rotated by the wind, thereby allowing for thegeneration of energy. Underlining the inexhaustible nature of thesolar energy is the fact that the solar energy that gets to thesurface of the earth is much more than the global energy consumptionper year. On the same note, wind comes off as a result of air andsun, in which case it is inexhaustible. However, the two are oftenseen as mildly detrimental to the environment in some way (Wengenmayr&ampBührke,2013).For instance, the making of batteries used in storage of solar powerinvolves the use of harmful chemicals, while wind turbines are knownto result in the deaths of numerous birds. Further, not every part ofthe globe can be properly placed for the trapping of solar energy andwind power. This has necessitated the exploration of geothermalpower, which is obtained from deep in the earth, as a result of thehigh-temperature and high pressure water layer. Apart from beinginexhaustible, geothermal power comes off as clean energy given thatit results in emission of carbon dioxide in lower amounts thannuclear technology. Further, it has been touted as pretty muchreliable as it does not depend on seasons or weather, not to mentionthat it has the capacity to attain high-load factor generation ofpower throughout the year.

References

Wengenmayr,R., &amp Bührke,T. (2013).&nbspRenewableenergy: Sustainable concepts for the energy change.Weinheim: Wiley-VCH.