Energy Crisis solution

The crunch of energy has lead Indian strategists to believe that the only solution to India’s power problems is Nuclear Power as a result we signed the Nuclear Deal to import fuel and technology. Power problems are faced by all developing nations and United States of America too went through such a crisis in the 70’s. As a result of it, presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter promoted the use of renewable sources of energy like solar power and also increased the mileage standards for the automobiles from 13.5 miles per gallon to 27.5 miles per gallon. Read Full entry>>>


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  1. Jai Mahajan says:

    Many experts believe that by 2015 the supply of oil & natural gas will be unable to keep up with demand, or oil and natural gas production would be at peak by 2015. India has coal extractable reserves of 52 billion tones. Annual production now is 407 million tones and the rate of growth of production is going to be very high. The Government of India predicts complete depletion of coal in 40 years. The key factor is not depletion but peaking of production which is expected by 2015 in India. A recent study predicts global peaking of production of coal by 2025. The use of coal in power industry contributes sizable amount of CO2 emissions and fly ash pollution within few kilometers around the power plant.
    As per Indian Atomic Energy Chairman’s opinion, our uranium reserves would be adequate only for meeting 10,000 MW of Nuclear power capacity for next 30 years. For India, new initiatives are being formalized to obtain nuclear fuel and new reactor technology with three major collaborating countries: France, Russia and USA. The Government of India sees a mix of power sources for the foreseeable future, until renewable energy comes of age.
    The consumption of electricity is growing on the worldwide basis. Energy is a necessity and clean renewable energy is an obligation to the earth and our future. Due to industrial revolution ‘CO2 emission and Global Warming’ have become serious global issues. Most of the countries’ governments have set targets to reduce CO2 emission in order to prevent global warming further. A transition from conventional energy systems to those based on renewable resources is necessary to meet the ever-increasing demand for energy and to address environmental concerns.
    Renewable Energy is the solution to this problem. As of now India’s sources of energy are mainly from non-renewable resources leaving the % of renewable resources down to 6% ‼‼
    It produces electricity from environmentally friendly sources. These energy generations are with almost zero CO2 emissions and negligible pollution.
    The Sun is the source of almost all forms of energy including fossil, hydro-electric, wind and solar energy. India is blessed with an abundance of sunlight, water and biomass. Solarelectricity is the term referring to electricity generated by Solar Energy. It is the generation of electricity from the power of the Sun, via photovoltaic cells (pv). This is altogether different from the solar water heating, where the water passes through panels to be heated directly, and no electricity is generated.
    Photovoltaic cells are made from silicon. When particles of sunlight (photons) fall on cells, there is direct conversion to a usable electric current.As an average 100 to 130 watts energy is generated from one square meter of the solar panel. Now a days estimated life of the Solar Panel is more than 20 years and needs very simple maintenance like weekly surface cleaning. A battery pack with controller is necessary for storing generated energy. The stored energy can be used as and when required, through inverter. Most of the developed countries are switching over to solar energy as one of the prime renewable energy source. Latest trend of Architecture keep provision of Photovoltaic cells and necessary circuitry while making building plans.
    Although we are currently dependant on fossil fuels, sunlight itself is a tremendous source of energy which is largely remained untapped. ‘There is enough potential energy in just one hour of ‘SUNLIGHT’ to power the electrical needs of the entire world for a full year. Now imagine if we could harness this inexhaustible source of energy.
    Solar energy is a clean source with no emissions. One solar water heater can reduce global warming gas emissions equivalent to one automobile. With the recent developments in technology, solar energy systems are scalable for large and small uses, and they require minimum maintenance. Most importantly, with government tax incentives and rebates, solar energy could be made financially viable. Hence it is time to start adopting solar energy systems.

    We are seeing now days Solar energy is being used for heating of water. And at some places solar street lights are being used. A few projects large size community kitchens and industrial heating applications also have cropped up recently.

    Wind energy was initially used to propel ships. Later windmills were used for water pumping, grain grinding , etc. At the end of the 19th century small scale power generating units were set up in USA with windmill application.

    Serious interest in wind energy development came after the first oil shortage and price shock in 1973. Today wind turbines are making a major contribution to the production of renewable energy. Developments in harnessing wind power continually improved, and during the last decade a sizeable growth has happened in the wind energy industry. Wind Turbines have become larger, efficiencies and availabilities have improved and wind farm concept has become popular. Wind power is one of the most efficient alternative energy sources. It could be combined with solar, especially for a total self-sustainability project. The two systems (solar/wind) seem to be complimentary with each other.
    The economics of wind energy is already strong, despite the relative immaturity of the industry. The downward trend in wind energy costs is predicted to continue. As the world market in wind turbines continues to boom, wind turbine prices will continue to fall. India now ranks as a “wind superpower” having a net potential of about 45000 MW only from 13 identified states.
    Human control over flows of water accounts for two very different types of renewable energy. The first, hydropower, is already a major component of the global energy mix and supplied about 16 percent of the world’s electricity needs in 2008, accounting for over 16 percent of the total electricity from renewables.1 The other, tidal power, currently represents a negligible portion of the world’s overall fuel share and less than one percent of the growth in renewables from 1971 to 2009.2 Though each is very different, both will play an important role in the future of
    Hydroelectricity is the term referring to electricity generated by hydropower; the production of electrical power through the use of the gravitational force of falling or flowing water. It is the most widely used form of renewable energy, accounting for 16 percent of global electricity consumption.
    India is one of the pioneering countries in establishing hydro-electric power plants. The power plants at Darjeeling and Shimsha (Shivanasamudra) were established in 1898 and 1902 respectively and are among the first in Asia. India should planning to make hydropower plants which power whole cities.

    Biomass is organic matter produced by all livings on the earth. Also it refers to other organic wastes like animal waste, food-processing by-products etc. Everything that is biodegradable is biomass. The solar energy trapped in the biomass can be converted in to fuel or electricity.
    Biomass power is the largest source of renewable energy as well as a vital part of the waste management infrastructure. The United States of America is currently producing 7800 MW of power only from biomass, having more than half of the world’s installed capacity of Biomass energy.


    1.ENERGY FROM LIGHTNING-A bolt of lightning has enough power to toast 1,00,000 slices of bread! There are some 16 million lightning storms in the world every year.A lightning bolt, which has over five billion Joules of energy, which could provide one household with all their energy needs for a month. India should develop ways to store this energyin future.
    2. Walking on Special Tiles

    In Japan piezoelectric tiles are being used to generate electricity. This picture is taken at the Tokyo Station where people walk on piezoelectric tiles which in turn generate electricity. Subways, airports, shopping malls and MRT stations are places where hundreds of thousands of people walk everyday. An average person, weighing 60 kg, will generate only 0.1 watt in the single second required to take two steps across the tile‼
    3. Dancing on Floor of a Club

    Till date we had been of the view that clubs are the maximum consumers of electricity as the music and the lighting systems consume a lot of power on daily basis. Now the clubs are an excellent place to generate power too. The idea was implemented by a club, Bar Surya, in London, that re-outfitted its floor with springs. The springs when compressed by dancers, produce electrical current. This current is stored in batteries and consumed to run the devices in the club.
    4. Cycling

    The Crown Plaza Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark, came forward with an exciting and innovative way to generate power. The system includes the guests staying at the hotel and cycles. They offer a free meal to any guest who produces electricity for the hotel on an exercise bike attached to a generator. Guests will have to produce at least 10 watt hours of electricity which is around 15 minutes of cycling to get a meal vouchers worth $36 (26 euros). This system gives health benefits as a by product to the generated electricity. The energy produced can generate energy to run a laptop for approximately 30 minutes.

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