The worlds first commercial Tidal
Alternative Sources of Alternative Energy
This page is meant to introduce some Alternative Sources for Energy.
There are so many other types of Energy that we can and
should be using in place of the expensive,
often hazardous and
non-renewable sources being used today.
What is Alternative Energy?
Alternative Energy is usually defined as coming from sources
that do not deplete
our natural resources or harm the environment.
In other words, Fuel or Energy that is produced
from sources other than fossil fuels.
Most people are familiar with Solar, Wind and Geo Thermal Power,
but now there are new sources of energy being developed that will
begin to change the way that we think about our Power in the future:
Algae, Biomass, Methane, Sludge, Tidal and Ocean Wave Power.
But, what else is on the horizon for us to use?
Using Alternative Energy saves money,
energy and the environment,
it is also friendlier to the animals
and plants that share this Planet with us.
Politicians and our local leaders seem
only to be considering Nuclear
and "Clean Coal" as the new Alternative Energy.
I believe that the words "Clean Coal" are an oxymoron,
coal is and will always be, a form of dirt!
If we must use some type of Nuclear fuel, maybe we should scrap
the ones that are being used today
for ones that will help us use up the
old spent fuel rods.
But then, why not just scrap them all and replace
them with one or more of the newer types
of Alternative Energy and
ask scientists to find a place to put the spent Nuclear Power fuel rods?
These new kinds of Alternative Energy would also free us from
the ever present danger of terrorist attacks.
How can a terrorist attack a Tree, or Algae,
the Oceans Waves,
or a Solar Panel?
Something else to think about:
Natural Gas comes from the ground
and is the haziest fuel and L.P. Gas is petroleum.
Speaking of Bio-fuels, I am no
expert in this field but,
I do know about
Algae and understand why it should be used.
Algae-based Bio-fuels offer a great new energy
Spirulina, a blue-green algae
Open pond at Oferr farm
Photo credit: tiny.ian
By using Algae as a replacement fuel, we can avoid
present food sources of wheat, corn, rice
and other food crops.
Spirulina algae drying at Ofeer farm
Photo credit: tiny.ian
Algae was here long before Humans in great abundance.
Eventually, our supplies of fossil fuel will run out,
and when they do, Algae will be right where we left it,
and waiting to take its place.
But, do we really need to wait for oil to run out,
why not switch to these Alternatives before this happens?
See the links below to learn more about Algae.
An old coal power plant north of Hilo on the Big Island
of Hawaii that used to generate electricity for a
sugar mill, will now
become a Biomass power plant,
using local wood, timber and plants.
The new plant, called Hu Honua Bioenergy,
will provide about 10% of the Islands electricity.
The City of San Diego, became a leader in Biomass
technology over 20 years ago when it began
using its garbage to produce methane gas.
See the links below to learn more about Biomass.
I believe that the use of Methane gas can be very dangerous
and because of this we need to get pipes into all of the
landfills that our forefathers used in our past.
Any company interested in building near and
using this landfill should be encouraged to do so.
There are already a few companies doing just that now.
Pelamis Wave Energy Converter
Photo credit: s.portland
Ocean Wave Power
Except for my time serving in the US Navy,
I am not an expert on Ocean Wave Power.
Ocean Wave Power is taken directly from surface waves
or from pressure fluctuations below the surface.
I could learn to like this application because boats
ships must go around them, so that any
in the area would be safe from them.
Keep in mind that most lakes have waves also.
For News and Information about Wave Energy
and Ocean Power Technologies, see the links below.
We know that after the removal of recyclables and a few
other things, our
incinerators are burning garbage to make
electricity, so what about our wastewater sludge?
Wastewater sludge could become another new
source of Alternative Energy.
California is already doing this.
(See the links below.)
Because of new laws (very good laws) we are now required to clean
up our wastewater before pumping it into our rivers
this costs tax payers billions of kilowatt hours per year!
Scientists are now finding that this sewage can produce
times the energy that it would cost to correctly dispose
so they are turning it into energy and using that energy
to clean that wastewater, with so much energy left
they can also power generators with electricity.
According to a paper by the State of the Science Report:
Energy and Resource Recovery from Sludge
(Published by the Global Water Research Coalition)
converting solids to energy is feasible and desirable,
from a treatment perspective.
Just think what a mini power plant in our trains,
planes and ships could do to save fuel.
Tidal power is very easy to understand however,
as Tidal power is energy from the sea.
There are three basic ways to tap the ocean for its energy.
We can use the ocean's waves, we can use the ocean's high and
low tides, or we can use temperature differences in the water.
See how Tidal Power Plants Work and Ways to
Harness Tidal Power in the links below.
The Palmetto Bush
Could one of the most abundant plants in the South
have a bright future as a bio fuel?
A new Fuel Source?
The Long Leaf pine trees are a
protected tree here in Florida
and much of the South, yet I keep seeing truck after truck
of our Florida fresh cut pine
trees heading north.
I have learned that companies
are chipping and grinding trees
to make fuel for factories now
using oil or gas.
From Florida up to the
Carolina's we have
Palmetto bushes that people
seem to hate,
so why not grind and chip them
into this fuel?
There is much discussion about
bio fuel made from
corn, sugarcane, switch grass,
wood chips, algae,
wheat, straw and so on.
Well, how about the extremely abundant Palmetto bush
found in much of Florida and the Carolina's?
For years people have been
looking for ways to use them,
or at the very least of finding
ways to get rid of them,
so why not mix them with
everything else for bio fuel?
Places to learn more:
About.com - Inventors
How Tidal Power Plants Work
mother of all Algae web sites
Alternative Energy News
Alternative Energy - Hydro/Wave Power
This web site is as close as it gets to "truth in
exposes those who continuously fail to protect Mother
Delaware Landfills Produce Green Power
Alternative Energy - Tidal Power
Wave Power in California
Ocean Wave Power
Events Focused on Renewable Energy
Green Power Conferences
Hu Honua BioEnergy
Hu Honua Clean Energy Project
Los Angeles Times
turns Sludge into Energy
OCS - Alternative Energy
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
Virginians Rebuke the Coal Kings
Renewable Energy World.com
off the Florida Coast
Smithsonian Algae Research
Algae Based Fuels
Wastewater Sludge New Source of Energy
For further information about any
of these and
other energy saving ideas,
please contact me.
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