Renewable Energy – The Future Resource Stock

Renewable Energy is the key to our global energy needs in the future, as we run out of our supply of fossil fuels and uranium or the cost of these fuels rises for economic or political reasons, the cost of renewable energy may become much more competitive. Using current technologies, most ocean energy is not cost-effective compared to other renewable energy sources however the ocean remains one of the important potential energy source for the future. Both renewable and non-renewable energy sources are used to generate electricity, power vehicles, and provide heating, cooling, and light.

Renewable Energy is energy created from resources that are regenerative – or renewable – meaning they cannot be depleted. These resources are safe for our environment and produce energy without the harmful pollutants and emissions associated with fossil-fuels.

As the this industry expands, the expertise of these support industries is being tapped to provide the support and infrastructure needed for the advancement of renewable energy production globally. The reason for the massive growth is global companies are looking for green or renewable resource technologies and companies to invest in, fund, acquire, license or strategically partner with. Priority is given to technologies that are patented or commercial products with existing or near term revenue streams. Renewable energy systems encompass a broad, diverse array of technologies, and the current status of these can vary considerably. Some technologies are already mature and economically competitive.

Globally we recognize that utilizing renewable resources has the potential to provide us with cleaner air, a more diverse energy portfolio, and less dependence on foreign fossil fuels. Currently renewable resources accounts for only 3.4 percent of total global power generation. The International Energy Agency recently issued a report estimating that in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2050, global investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and carbon sequestration will need to reach roughly US $45 trillion dollars by that date.

It is expected that 60% of all our energy will come from renewable resources by the year 2070. The sooner we employ the attitude that today is better than tomorrow, the greater the opportunity to increase this figure to 80%. Renewable energy is sustainable energy that comes from the natural environment. Renewable energy, or green power, is power that comes from renewable resources such as the sun, wind, hydro-electric dams and organic matter (biomass). These resources are constantly replenished by nature and are a cleaner source of energy.

Shane Taylor is the co-publisher and co-editor of TheStockReporter.com, a site that provides many resources and articles for individuals wanting to start investing in the stock market and learn about investing in renewable energy.

Solar Powered Fans – A Buyer’s Guide

Solar Powered Fans are the ultimate solar product. They work best when they’re needed the most. As the sun starts to sizzle, these devices kick into action and provide a nice cooling breeze–for free!

Another great thing about solar powered fans is that you can install them anywhere. You don’t have to worry about electrical outlets and power cords. It’s just the fan, man.

There are many different kinds of solar powered fans you can buy. Here are some of the most popular:

Solar Powered Attic Fans Your attic needs ventilation to reduce the tremendous amount of heat that builds up as the sun beats down on the roof. Heat creates moisture, and moisture turns into rust, rot, bacteria, and mold. These are not things you want in your house.

Besides creating a health hazard, the heat in your attic travels down through your house, warming every room. Have you ever noticed that during an unusually cool summer day your house is still brutally hot? That’s because the stifling air in your attic has nowhere to go but down.

Solar powered attic fans cool your entire house by creating a draft that draws all the hot indoor air up into the attic and out the fan. Meanwhile, cool outside air is sucked into the house through the windows. The result is a cool, healthy attic–and house!

Solar Powered Gable Fans Like attic fans, gable fans ventilate and cool your attic. But whereas attic fans lie on the roof itself, gable fans are installed in the gables, naturally. Although smaller that attic fans, gable fans can be powerful. One 10 watt solar powered gable fan can ventilate 1,200 square feet. These fans are also perfect for garages, barns, lofts, workshops, or storage sheds–anyplace where moisture might cause mold and mildew.

Solar Powered Vents Vents are smaller than gable fans. They’re perfect for smaller spaces where moisture accumulates, like on your boat. I know someone who even installed a solar powered vent on his doghouse. Now that’s a lucky dog! You could also put one on your camper, RV, or van. These small solar powered fans will keep everything cool and clean–at no cost!

Solar power is here to stay. One of the world’s leading futurists, Ray Kurzweil, told The New York Times that solar power would be as important a source of energy as fossil fuels in about 5 years. And he firmly believes that in a couple of decades, all our energy will be derived from clean sources.

But you don’t have to wait. There are many solar products than can help you save money–and the environment–right now. And there’s no better place to start than with solar powered fans.

Jim Henderson often writes about alternative energy sources. To find out more about solar powered fans and where you can buy them, please visit Solar Powered Fans

Benefits of National Holidays

National Independence holidays are a part of the makeup of almost every country. Some countries have more and other have fewer of these special days on their calendar, but most countries have at least one of these special holidays. Taiwanese celebrate their independence day on 10/10. July 4 is one of the highlights on the USA calendar. The Brits celebrate the Queen’s birthday. In Panama the citizens of this small country are not happy with celebrating only one Independence-day.

During my stay in the country I discovered they have three separate Independence-day festivals on different days in November. Some people may argue that these holidays are a bore as they have lost their original meaning, and now are a waste of time and money. The protesters would argue that in the current economic climate traders cannot afford the loss of a full day’s revenue. In Panama at least, the lost trade is countered by the numerous much greater advantages attached to celebrating a national holiday.

The celebration of the major national independence-day festival in Panama City in November does not occur without due preparation. At least two weeks before the actual ‘Day’ most public city buildings suddenly fly the national colors. Banners and rosettes in red, blue and white flutter in the breeze winking at passers-by like huge bright eyes. Storefront windows display magnificent day and evening dresses side by side in the three national colors. And, as if by prior arrangement, vehicles start sporting miniature pennants, often one on either side of the car or truck. Fast food vendors’ tricycles become even more noticeable with the added blue, red and white flags brightening the big yellow plastic buckets containing their spicy rolls and pastries. This general upsurge of patriotism is not confined to public places of business and trade. Flags of varying sizes draped on balconies of apartments and other visible areas in private homes declare to the world that a loyal Panamanian family or perhaps only a single individual lives there.

On Sunday afternoon before the start of the festival week in Panama City a full dress rehearsal of parades takes place on one of the main streets of the city. Large crowds of enthusiastic spectators cheer a seemingly unending flow of bands. Some are led by drum majorettes, others, only by baton swinging band leaders marching down the street. Every band tries to outshine the rest as they march past a number of perspiring local VIPs under a red and white striped canopy. These guests of honor sit behind a table laden with shiny trophies. Their task is to judge participants on performance and dress and award prizes to the best performers afterwards.

Throughout the long merry afternoon onlookers show their support to family and friends spontaneously in many ways. Sometimes a spectator joins the band as an extra member on the edge of the road, walking in pace with them for a couple of yards. Or a member of the colorful crowd darts out on the street to offer a soda or a wet sponge to a relative marching past under the blazing sun. Or, a well wisher shouts a few words of encouragement to perspiring individuals who look drained by the heat and exertion of the long march. Sometimes someone hurriedly kicks away an empty carton or soda-can that may block the way of the marchers on the street.

On the sidewalk carefree toddlers who are sitting very securely on their fathers’ shoulders tower above other umbrella holding onlookers. They wave half empty soda cans or tiny flags trying to catch the eye of a familiar band member. Mothers and other equally proud relatives loudly hail or wave at their favorite persons in the band. And sandwiched in between the densely packed masses strollers, with their light loads soundly asleep, fill every available empty spot. If the little ones clamor for attention they’re hurriedly pacified with a drink or a pat by an adult or older sibling. No one wants to lose track of the barrage of sound and ever moving spectacle on the wide street in front of them.

The actual celebration lasts two days. Scores of brass bands, school bands and private and public organizations participate in parades. The Panama sky may more often than not be a monotonous gray, but life on the city streets usually vibrates with smells, sound and color. At no other time is this liveliness more evident than during the independence festival week. Supporters loudly cheer their favorite band waving their special banner when they come in sight down the main road especially when dancers in colorful sugar fairy national dress form part of a particular procession. Locals and international visitors from neighboring Central American and other more distant countries mingle freely in the crowded public spaces. And all add enthusiastically to the cacophony without giving a second thought to who’s pressing against whom.

Rich and poor are united in pursuit of pleasure and free entertainment. Nobody seems to mind being jostled and sometimes stepped on in spectators’ single-minded urge to move forward a fraction of a meter in order to have a better view of the colorful visual and musical spectacle in front of them. Thousands of citizens line the main streets ten deep to watch and cheer and share in their compatriots’ repeated musical performances. The merging of clanging cymbals, energetic thumping on drums interspersed with the finer lighter piping of clarinets and melodious tunes of xylophones fills the air. Trumpeters blaring at full blast often herald the procession.

A lot of trading goes on amidst all this medley of color and sound. Informal entrepreneurs brave the throng of people to carry on brisk trade. The piercing sounds of vendors’ rubber balloon hooters trill at every street corner and open space between store fronts and entrances. The sellers weave in and out among the jostling pressing, noisy masses. Some are on bicycles with long festoons of miniature flags sticking out above the heads of people on the sidewalks. Others carry heavy trays filled with handmade trinkets from the countryside or cheap Chinese manufactured mementos. These trays overflow with shiny yellow miniature trumpets, pennants, fake brand name watches, sunglasses and strings of multi-colored bead necklaces and bracelets. The best customers are the scores of children who wish to blow their shiny toy trumpet or fly their own pennant.

People also have to eat and drink at a festival. The colorful canopies of fast food vendors’ three-wheelers proudly displaying their country’s colors therefore are a welcome sight. Strong flavors of fried sausage and roast meat carried by the light wind tempt prospective customers to flock to the carts. Hungry compatriots fight for the best spots to give the sizzling delicacies a closer look before parting with their small change. Those with different preferences sample spicy hot-dogs, tamales, rolls and pies. An inviting selection of soft drinks and ice creams revives the weary ones who crave something sweet to get new energy to enjoy another spate of drum beats.

After two days of incessant drumming, dancing and parading it seems as if a cloud of silence blankets the weary city. People are exhausted but happy. They were energized by a rush of patriotism which transformed divergent masses into a nation. People from all walks of life could be part of the celebrations at no cost. The less privileged were able to escape the drudge of their daily lives while being entertained by their own people for free. And more privileged citizens, who wanted to escape the crush, could spend time with family and friends in the quiet countryside. Pennants also waved on many of the outward bound vehicles.

As I was standing on the fringes of the colorful assortment of people I thought about the benefits of celebrating national independence days. It may be inconvenient to find some stores and banks closed for two weekdays in a row. But these special days bring home the truth that success should not always be measured in terms of perfect professional performance, or reckoned in multi-million dollar profits.

Often the reward lies in the satisfaction of unemployed persons who could earn a few dollars to provide for their family, or the joy of a school boy or girl having been able to show their musical talents as a member of a group making their parents proud. These special days also give families a chance to share quality time together. And, last but not least, these national holidays provide citizens a chance to show their pride in their country. (1431 words)

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We Need a Miracle

Food costs will keep increasing and the hungry will have to peddle to the farmlands to find affordable food. There the farmers will let them gather unsold crops for a few bucks. Those without bikes will have to beg in the streets for food, but there will not be enough available. People too proud to beg will die of hunger because there will be no food stamps to help them survive. Governments will become dysfunctional because they will not be able to support their employees. Government workers will be forced to cut their salaries or be fired. High food costs will make it impossible to survive without a good job. Most people in the private sector will be able to survive without much inconvenience. They alone will be unaffected by higher prices.

Oil supplies are limited and precious. Paying three hundred dollars a barrel for oil might only be months away. Billions of luxury loving people in China and India want a taste of the good life. Their economies are expanding and they now have the bucks to buy the best of everything. They need whatever oil is available and they will pay any price to get it. The rest of the world has to accept this hard reality and pay higher prices for everything. Those without money might be able to find a few seeds to plant. They might not have no alternative.

I feel sorry for the poor and those that depend on government checks for support. If oil goes to three hundred dollars a barrel, a loaf of bread will cost twenty bucks. Only the wealthy and those with great jobs will be eating. It is possible that a miraculous new energy resource will soon be discovered–if that happens our problems will be solved. We must all pray for a miracle to occur.

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Want to Get Gas Back Down to $1.30 Per Gallon?

I just checked out the “most popular” Facebook group in the Tampa Bay, FL network: “Want to get gas back down to $1.30 per gallon?”

The group is trying to get people to stop buying gas from two big oil companies in an effort to “force” a “price war” among the companies.

I have a better idea: Why not call or email your Senators and Representative and demand they allow U.S. companies to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve in Alaska and in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida?

Look everybody, you aren’t going to make a difference in gas prices by boycotting one company or another. The gas will be sold whether it is you buying it or someone else. Let’s do something more constructive.

Drilling for oil in ANWR and along the Gulf Coast will actually increase supply. That’s more likely to satisfy our demand than to drive MORE in search of gas stations not on your boycott list.

Or, here’s a radical concept: Write your Senators and Representative and demand that they remove all Federal taxes on gasoline. Gas taxes represent a regressive tax that hurts poor people and students far more than it helps anything. Rich people can absorb the taxes; poor people end up having to spend less money somewhere else to afford to get around.

While a few of us are wasting our time hurting U.S. companies through ineffective boycotts, the Chinese and the Cubans are–as we speak–drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Do they know something we don’t?

No. They just don’t waste time feeling guilty about drilling for and using oil. Oil-based fuels are the most efficient energy source for automobiles we know of at this point. Furthermore, oil burns cleaner than ethanol (that is, alcohol), and producing oil does not impact the world’s food supply.

So, let’s let the oil companies find some more oil. If Congress had allowed drilling in ANWR when it was first proposed, the billions of barrels just waiting for us would have come online about a year ago . . . you know, back when the price of a gallon of gas started getting ridiculous?

Boycott if you like, but if you want to make a real difference, then let your Senators and Representative know what the real solution is to high gas prices.

Josh Smith is a telecommunications data analyst and aspiring writer. He is the online editor for the Saint Leo University Lions’ Pride newspaper.

Electricity Failures in the First World

It happens and more often than I would have expected. That something as basic as electricity becomes unavailable is sometimes hard to imagine. There are many reasons. Sometimes it’s due to maintenance work on the central in the neighborhood. Some other times it is due to extreme warmth where the cooling installations fail.

During such moments its better not to dig into a probable cause. The electricity company can’t often tell you and you are left to guess what the real problem may be.

My first reaction on an electricity failure is emotional; I get angry. “How in the world, in 2008, in the 21st century where energy companies pressure to promote nuclear energy again, how in the world is it possible that there is a failure in de supply? If they can’t do that right, how should we trust them in supplying nuclear energy?”

But it is only a first reaction…

Than my next thoughts are more moderate. I look at it from the bright side. How dependent we have got from these basic supplies and that we do no longer accept a small intervention. This local (?) crisis took only a few hours. The freezer remained cool enough not to spoil the food and before you know it, it is over again.

A third thought is about how lucky we should be in this (first) world. Having “everything” we need, engaged in some luxury problems when three hours out of an annual of about 8600 there is no electricity.

During those hours we go back and think how it was in those days, we light a candle and we think how lucky we are, compared to the rest of the world. Thinking about a story of one of my ex-colleges who told me about his experiences in Gabon. “There is only about three hours a day electricity.” And let’s also not forget about the water problems they have in those countries…

H.J.B.

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Solar Energy Today

We have definitely only scratched the surface of solar energy and with each year our technology gets smaller and faster and so do our efforts at using solar energy.

What better fuel alternative than that great big ball of fire is the sky that won’t be depleted any time soon. This means that none of the hard labor is required that is necessary in the acquisition of fossil fuels. The sunlight is readily available for at least 12 hours a day, which is enough time to acquire the necessary energy to run a household.

Soar energy is also the most clean energy available. You do not use nonrenewable sources from the earth like fossil fuels or H2O (although we have a lot of it). No pollutants are put into the air. Solar energy is free, clean, and plentiful. Just reach out and grab some.
With the onset of nanotechnology solar power is about to become the cheapest fuel ever. The cost per watt has been estimated to be less than a dollar. Currently the cost per watt averages around $4.00. Hey wait, isn’t that what gas is at?

The maintenance for a solar power system to run your house should be minimal. Most of the panels I have seen have around 10 year warranties, some more, some less. Just like with everything you have wear and tear. But heck, most people don’t even keep there cars for ten years nowadays and I know there is no such thing as a ten year warranty on a car. Point is with the old solar panels you would make a return on investments on average of five to ten years. With the new cheaper and more efficient systems you would see it in two to five years.

The solar industry is about to have a huge boom. If you have ever thought about getting a solar system for your house the time is almost ripe for cheap energy and a way to get you off the grid.

Well I shouldn’t say totally off the grid since that would require a battery storage which is major mula. It will still be necessary to get some of your power from the electric company. However, you can check with your electric company to see what your choices are when you push some of your own energy back on the line. When you have a surplus during the day it will be put on the electric company’s line. Yes just imagine the that little wheel spinning in reverse for the first time. For this they will either give you a credit or a check depending on how much you generate and their policy.

Solar Power Kits For Your Home

Solar power is one way to power your home where bringing a traditional power supply into the residence may be costly. Without the use of a generator, this unique source of energy can avoid the noise, pollution and even regular maintenance issues that you would have with another source of electricity at your home or cottage. By using solar power kits for your home, you are recognizing the need for environmentally friendly alternatives that can be practically maintenance free for you.

For those who may experience power outages on a sporadic basis such as in the countryside or during catastrophic environmental events such as earthquakes, solar power is a resource that you cannot put a price tag on. When you rely on many electrical appliances for your everyday living, it is necessary to have a source of backup power in order to maintain that standard of living should an outside force interfere with your electricity.

There are a number of reasons that a homeowner may want to purchase and install a solar power kit for their own use. From lowering their personal power costs, to helping the environment or even just as a backup plan in case of a power outage, these energy kits are designed to meet a number of needs for the consumer. No matter what your reason is for purchasing a solar power kit for your home, you will need to be sure that it is one fashioned to suit your needs.

Your solar panels should contain Photovoltaic cells that are necessary to provide your electrical requirements. These panels of Photovoltaic cells can be mounted either on the roof of your home or on poles as a ground mount. Once these cells transform the sunlight into energy they need to store it in a bank of deep cycle batteries for later usage. These Photovoltaic cells produce energy at a DC current and is typically at 12 volts or 24 volts of energy.

With the solar power kit that you have chosen, there should be an inverter that will convert the DC energy current into 110 AC in order to be useful as an energy source for your home. Depending on how you set up your unit, your home can be powered by solar energy alone or have the option of drawing from the storage of battery banks for use when it is needed in times of power-outages or when you feel it is necessary.

There are a variety of places to obtain solar power kits for your home depending on where you are located and what type of system you are looking for. Your personal electrical needs will depict the exact style and type of kit you will need to purchase in order to either power your home entirely or as a backup source. You can browse the Internet for many manufacturers of solar power kits that are easy to install yourself.

About the Author: Milos J Leonard is a solar power expert that can help you find the perfect solar power kit Find the best solar power kit discounts on the web and help save our earth by powering your home with natural energy.

History To Solar Power Energy

“I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun’s energy… If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago.” These are words of Sir George Porter (December 1920 – August 2002), Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, which today is a reality. The energy which is derived from the sun and responsible for practically all life on earth is today harnessed for generating heat, light, power and electricity for meeting global needs for alternate energy resources. Yet the concept and use of solar energy is not new. Early Greeks, Native Americans and Chinese have used it to their benefit by orienting their home and hearth toward the sun for centuries. The term solar power has today become synonymous with solar energy which is obtained by converting sunlight to electricity.

While the application span of solar energy now encompasses the domestic (including cooking and heating), commercial, industrial, farming, aviation and surface transport sectors, there are several technologies which are in place to generate this type of natural energy. In fact, solar energy has now found its place in every day use items like cars and calculators.

Back in historical times, solar energy may not have been known by any name, but its use has always been the backbone of agriculture ever since man learned to till the land and grow food or crops. We have seen the importance of this energy in medieval Europe where farmers deployed elaborate agricultural strategies to get the maximum out of sunlight for the wellbeing of their yield. Even today, sunlight optimization is the primary agenda for anyone who is involved in farming or gardening, starting from planning their planting schedule, strategizing row orientation, altering plant heights between rows, etc.

Man has always built his home to take the most out of available sunlight. Critical use of solar energy is evident in today’s urban building designs where not only the building orientation but window placements and proportions and building materials are chosen to harness the most of this invaluable energy form. The importance of solar energy was realized by first century Roman architect Vitruvius who commented that home designs must be made according to the diversity of the climate of that particular region. Solar energy when deployed to supplement day lighting techniques, homes can save enormous amount of resources by making maximum use of sunlight during all the time that it lasts. The importance of solar lighting or natural light was appreciated way back in 6th century Rome and later corroborated by the British in 1832. In fact, it was only in the 20th century that artificial methods became the primary source of interior lighting. The energy and oil crises during 1973 and 1979, made people re-focus on natural lighting, but soon the interest died due to cheap available sources of energy.

One of the areas where solar energy is most widely used today is in the field of solar thermal applications, where the applied technology uses heat from the sun to heat water and space; for ventilation; for processed heat required for industrial applications, cooking, for water distillation plants, etc.

For more information, on the history and benefits of solar energy visit www.solar-reviews.com

http://www.solar-reviews.com is an indepth site focussing on the benefits of solar energy in the 21st century

Solar Cell Electricity – How It Works

We have all seen solar cell electricity generators by now, blue or black panels dotted around, silently generating pollution free electricity. But how do they do it?

The key to understanding how they do it lies in the chemistry of the elements used. Each panel is an array of individual cells. Each cell generates a small voltage and together they produce a useable current.

Each cell uses what is called a p-n junction to convert sunlight to electricity. This does not mean much to most of us so a clear explanation is required.

Silicon is the main component of each cell. Silicon is special because it is what is called a semiconductor. This means that under certain conditions it will conduct electricity whereas at other times it will not. For our purposes, we will assume it is conducting, ie allowing electrons to move through it.

The silicon in solar cells is doped which means has specific impurities added. Silicon is either doped with another element that has a shortage of electrons (called p-doped for positive or has an excess electrons (called n-doped for negative).

A solar cell consists of a wedge of p-silicon and a wedge of n-silicon. In between these wedges is a one-way gateway, a barrier that allows electrons to go from the n- to the p- wedge, but not back the other way.

That creates what is called a p-n junction.

Now we have a flow of electrons that move naturally from the n- silicon to the p-silicon. This is natural; it’s just the charges balanging out. But…

HOW DOES THIS GENERATE ELECTRICITY?

The p-silicon layer of the solar cell does not have a strong grip on the electrons that move into it from the n-silicon layer. When sunlight falls on the p-layer, the electrons break free of the layer and begin to move. As the electrons cannot go back through the one way barrier, the only way they can move is through the circuit the cell is connected to. That is why the solar cell will generate a current if it is attached to a circuit.

If a solar cell is NOT attached to a circuit, there is no opportunity for electron flow and all it will do in the sunlight is heat up.

Roger.

For more details on the operation of solar cells, the chemistry involved, types of cells and much more, visit http://www.green-planet-solar-energy.com. This site gives clear explanations of the major concepts behind the operation of solar cells.