Top 7 Energy Sources of the Future
Energy is always a hot topic. The price of oil, environmental protection, the health of the economy and of political agendas. Regardless of these issues, there are two types of energy in the world. Renewable and non-renewable. Whether it is in 10 years or 50 years, there will eventually be no fossil fuels to rely on. Here’s a quick look at the current energy consumption globally:
Petroleum continues to rise in production and there are more creative ways to derive it as well as natural gas, such as oil shales and tar sands. Coal is still in abundance, but is arguably the dirtiest of the options due its sulphuric, carbon and nitrogen emissions when burned. Hydro electricity is the most used renewable resource globally and is quite popular here in Canada. New technologies are allowing for it to become more sustainable, though significant growth in this sector is difficult due to the number of people dams generally displace once implemented.
Nuclear energy is often in debate as well because of its environmental impact. There are two types of Nuclear energy, fusion and fission. Fission creates nuclear waste, which if leaked, could destroy entire ecosystems. Fusion on the other hand creates no waste and is perpetual in its production. The technology still has maturing and if something were to go wrong, it could mean a lot more destruction than just one ecosystem (Kroh 2005).
Let’s fast forward 50 years. Here is what we could expect to see:
1. Nuclear Power
Here is the boom or bust candidate. Fission technologies will eventually be outlawed after a few more horrific tragedies, unless there is a move to offshore nuclear facilities that use the ocean as a natural reactor coolant (CNBC25 2015). Fusion on the other hand has the potential to be a high efficiency resource that is also extremely clean. If the technology develops to a dependable level, it could potentially be implemented anywhere in the world. Come see us at Booth 4102 at HydroVision in Portland July 14th - 17th to hear more about how Deep Trekker helps protect Hydroelectric Dams for the future.
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