So many of us want to blame many of our environmental problems on power plants. And it’s true, many power plants, and the pollution they create, are extremely harmful to the environment. But in more recent years many power plants are turning to more renewable forms of energy to power their plants. Because of this, the effects that these power plants are having on our environment are becoming less and less harmful and having smaller effects.
To help you see the innovations in the types of energy that many power plants have begun to depend on, here are 5 different types more environmentally safe fuel options that many power plants are using:
1. Solar Power
Many power plants are turning towards solar power, or power using the sun, to run their power plants. Basically solar power is made by using solar panels to draw in and focus the light from the sun, and turn that light into a form of power or electricity. They use the sunlight to heat a heat transfer fluid. That heat transfer fluid is heated by the sun rays, which causes the fluid to boil. That boiling fluid turns into steam, and that steam is used to power the operations of the plant.
By converting sunlight into electricity, these solar power plants are able to greatly reduce their use of valuable natural resources.
2. Steam Power
Steam power is another popular form of natural energy that many power plants use as a way to save on their use of natural resources. In fact, steam power is the most common form of natural power in the world. Many steam operated power plants use steam turbines to run their plants. They use the pressure created by the steam (usually caused by boiling water) to turn the blades of the wind turbine.
3. Wind Power
Wind is another common way to produce natural energy to run power plants. These power plants use large wind turbines as their source of power generation. Power is generated as strong winds turn the wind turbines, creating another form of renewable energy.
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4. Wave Power
There are many different types of water power used as sustainable, renewable energy sources. Wave power is one of them. Just like the movement of wind can be used to move/power objects to generate energy, the movement of waves can be used in the same way. Because of the movement of waves, oceans can create a large amount of kinetic energy. This energy, created by using the natural motion of the ocean, doesn’t use up any of our earth’s valuable resources. You don’t “use up” a wave; you harness the power created by it. Because of this, wave power is increasing in popularity and use among ocean-side power plants.
5. Landfill Power
We are all trying to do our part to recycle. But we know that our landfills are continuing to fill up. Landfill power addresses at least some of that problem. It doesn’t necessarily completely use up the waste in our landfills. But it does at least make use of it. Landfill power is power generated by the use of landfill gases: gases created by the decomposition of waste within landfills.
This article was written by Nicole, a writer for Lattice Communications. They are the nation’s largest stocking dealer of new and used industrial diesel generators and telecommunications equipment.