Nature has unfathomable loads of passive energy, lying dormant in unknown territories. If prudently explored, these potential energy hubs can reduce our dependence on fossil fuel energy which is depleting at a rapid pace. At one point eventually “Time” will not give us a choice to rely on oil for energy, it will command us to switch over to renewable sources of energy or even other alternate sources of energy. A brief about a few of the alternate sources of energy is given below.

1. Algae


AlgaeHigh potential bio-fuel source

The strains of some varieties of algae are rich in their oil content that can be converted into biodiesel. The rapid growth of algae can be used for replacing colonies altogether every day. To top it , algae does not need fertile land for its cultivation and hence no possibility of shortage and tendency for the prices to rise. If countries can efficiently capitalize on the production of algae, their dependence on foreign oil resources can be considerably decreased. Its production does not contaminate the land, air or even water. Rather it helps in removing pollution. Indeed a very powerful alternate source of energy.

2. Tidal power


Tidal powerTurbines will be used to capture energy from tides

Just a single sight of a strong tide, tells how much power is entrapped in it . It is this power potential which makes it a prospective alternate source of energy. Specially designed turbines can be used to capture this power. Countries with a vast coastline are eager to develop tidal power plants, provided strong tidal currents are in abundance. There is one vice attached with this alternate source that it might have a negative impact on the marine life. A well planned tidal system when in place can deal with this problem and off-set the adverse impact.

3. Municipal Waste


Municipal WasteSource of energy that will remove pollutants too

Generating power from municipal waste would serve a twofold purpose; one that it will help cut down the pollutants that get littered around oceans and sea and also it is high energy potential would be availed. Municipal waste is abundantly available, but again there are certain things to be considered. First many ways of getting energy from waste are available, so one has to choose prudently. Secondly material that cannot by composed has to be treated carefully.

4. Fungi


FungiNeed low levels of oxygen for their growth

The discovery of fungi as a dynamic alternate source of energy has opened new doors for scientists to use it as a source of biofuel. A special variety of fungi can form long hydrocarbon chains just like petroleum can, therefore rendering it adept for producing energy. One condition that could pose some hindrance is that fungi grow best in low oxygen intensity. Work is in progress to create the most efficient environment for the cultivation of healthy fungi that will grow in an eco-friendly environment.

5. Food Waste


Food WasteAvailable in abundance

Restaurants, homes, offices are dump food waste daily. This scrap food waste can be collected and put in machines called anaerobic digesters. Specially designed landfills can also used for this purpose. For quick organic decomposition of the waste, bacteria should be added and the place should be warm and moist. During the decomposition process methane is released that is used for generating energy. In this process the greenhouse gases will not let out, thus it will cause no environmental damage.

Source: ecofriend

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