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We are exceptionally lucky to be living in a solar system that is relatively stable. The sun is a giant hydrogen fusion reactor in space, a resource that was gifted to us by nature to enable life on earth to develop.
Our sun is a giant hydrogen fusion reactor floating in space, with planet earth orbiting this (relatively) small star as part of our solar system, along with other planets that were not so fortunate as ourselves in being just the right distance that we might regulate our temperature.
But for how long?
The sun was and is the original power source for all life on earth. We must learn to use it like our ancestors to cleanse the earth of the toxins that the burning of fossil fuels is causing, such as particulates from diesel engines and coal fired generating stations that cause lung cancer.
The most natural ways of capturing energy from the sun is converting the light that shines on us and the convection winds that distribute warm air from equatorial regions that are hottest, to the Arctic and Antarctic regions that are coolest. Another less practical (or more costly) way is using ocean currents and waves.
ENERGY TERM SECURITY
We might also enter into international agreements to undermine fossil fuel energy trading monopolies and assure that everyone has the right to cheap and clean renewable energy, with the need to transport imports.
Those who hold the power and wealth should consider re-investing in alternatives as they head towards the sustainable economics of zero growth.
The deployment of renewable energy technologies increases the diversity of electricity sources and contributes to the flexibility of an international infrastructure system and its resistance to central shocks, especially where off-grid installations are widely deployed, but can be grid connected.
It is likely to be that at some point in the future we will no longer need power stations that run on coal, oil or nuclear fuels. We will have dragged ourselves out of the fossil fuel cesspit and taken power generation from the fortunate few who profit from geological deposits, to the masses who only need a space to mount the harvesting medium for energy independence.
For those countries
whose reliance on imported
gas is a significant
energy security issue, renewable technologies can provide
a level playing field.
FROM SPACE EXPLORATION TO ZERO EMISSIONS - Developed to power satellites and spacecraft, the silicon solar panel is now a cost effective way of generating clean electricity. Ideal sites for the location of solar farms is land that cannot be used for farming, such as the deserts we have created.
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ENERGY CRISIS - The adverse effects of burning fossil fuels have left us in dire need of an alternative. We must help those blinded by kleptocratic policies to stop killing species and melting our ice caps. This realization leaves us in the middle of an energy crisis, where red flag policies and politicians would prefer to see out their days with fatter pensions from milking oil, gas and nuclear reactors that are equally dangerous in terms of the health of humans.
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