Innovative Energy Solutions

Written by Courtney Salinas
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Traditional fossil fuel-based energy production is an environmentally unfriendly and unsustainable energy production method. The burning of fossil fuels pollutes the air and adds to the increasingly dangerous global warming problem. In addition to the environmentally devastating effects of fossil fuel consumption, fossil fuels simply do not provide sustainable energy. At some point, we will run out of fossil fuels to burn. It is becoming increasingly clear that we need to find more innovative energy solutions to act as alternatives to those primitive energy solutions that we currently employ.

New and Interesting Energy Sources

Several companies and governments have embarked on grand projects in efforts to provide cleaner, more sustainable energy to people. One such effort is the Deep Lake Water Cooling System, which powers downtown Toronto, Ontario. This system pumps in water from deep within the frigid waters of Lake Ontario. The temperature of this water is used to cool off the city's downtown office buildings. Once the temperature of this water is harnessed for energy consumption, the water is then funneled into the city's potable water supply.

The Mississippi Alternative Energy Enterprise has turned in a more fowl direction. They have recently taken steps to research the feasibility of burning poultry litter in order to produce energy. Doing so would help poultry farmers clean their lands while reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.

Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion is a method of using the ocean as one large solar panel. Heat from the sun is captured and stored in the upper layers of tropical ocean waters. This energy can be harnessed by power plants and used to power entire cities.

The innovations don't stop there. These are just three examples of companies and governments working on innovative energy alternatives to our current fossil fuel dependency. With these initiatives, along with the thousands of others at work in the world, our days of fossil fuel dependency are numbered.


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