Solar energy seems like the perfect solution to all of mankind’s energy issues. The concept of green energy is hardly new, it has been around for decades now. Yet, despite continuous endeavours, solar energy has not really permeated the day-to-day life of the common man. Source: http://news.energysage.com/understanding-the-cost-of-a-solar-panel-system/ A recent survey showed that the contribution of solar energy in the total energy generated across the globe was just 2%, in 2016. Admittedly, there has been a rapid increase in the global solar generation capacity over the past 10 years, still, it is nowhere close to being easily available for the masses. This leads us to the question, what exactly is the snag here? We have enough and more sunlight, global climate change already has us on our toes, yet, sporadic efforts aside, there has not been significant constructive advancement towards utilising solar energy to its maximum potential. The answer to this is that there are two major drawbacks to using solar energy which reduce its extent of application drastically; The efficiency of solar panels is moderate at best The cost of solar energy is still at a premium It is evident that the high cost of generating and storing solar energy and the maintenance involved is the primary reason for limited investment in solar energy. Even increasing the efficiency of solar … Continue reading The 6 Challenges to Making Solar Energy Affordable
It is no secret that the world is burning up. Literally. July 2017 was recorded as the 2nd warmest month in the history of the world, since 1880. Global warming has the earth curling up its toes and one of prime reasons for this rapid change are the greenhouse gas emissions. Tremendous amounts of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide, methane, and fluorinated gases, are released into the atmosphere every day, due to the day-to-day activities of the global population. Excessive use of electricity, fossil fuel emissions, improper treatment before disposal of industrial effluents, etc. are all responsible for the increase in greenhouse gas emissions. The rising temperature of the planet, increase in sea level, change in weather patterns, and more has led to an unprecedented increase in natural disasters, all across the world. One of the reasons why hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which left a wake of destruction in Texas and Florida, were identified to be larger in magnitude than usual, was climate change. And it doesn’t stop here. NASA’s Earth observatory has predicted that global warming will be a huge catalyst in speeding future catastrophes as well! The Birth of Zero Emission Day To counter the impact of climate change on the world, an ingenious concept was introduced by Ken Wallace of Nova Scotia, … Continue reading Zero Emission Day: When the World Stops to Take a Breath!