Solar and wind power are the two biggest players in renewable energy. They both create jobs. They reduce pollution. Their power is available to the world’s densest populations and most rural regions.We are counting on the top two producers of green energy to break our dependence on fossil fuels. Is one more promising than the other in terms of battling non-renewable energy giants? Here’s what wind and solar energy have to offer.
FIRST OF ALL, WHAT IS WIND ENERGY?
In a technical sense, wind is a source of solar energy. Hot air rises from the uneven Earth’s surface when the sun’s radiation heats it. The difference in atmospheric pressure causes wind, a kinetic (motion-based) form of energy.This kinetic energy is captured by wind turbines. The turbine’s blades rotate when wind blows over them. The generator converts the energy of the rotating blade into mechanical energy, which then provides electricity for homes, businesses, and schools.
SOLAR ENERGY: WHAT IS IT?
Solar energy is the radiation from the sun that reaches Earth. Solar panels generate electricity by converting sunlight into photovoltaic (PV) cells.
WINDS AND SOLAR POWER: THE PROS AND CONS
Is it more economical for local or state economies to rely on sustainable power? This infographic compares the good and bad of wind and solar energy.
WHAT IS THE BEST GREEN ENERGY SOURCE?
Wind is a more efficient energy source than solar. The wind turbine produces and releases more energy than solar panels, and releases less CO2 to the atmosphere. One wind turbine generates enough electricity per kWh to power about 48,704 solar panels.
Although wind power is capable of generating enormous amounts of energy, it isn’t the clear winner. Wind turbines are unsightly. In addition, they occupy a great deal of space. Wildlife may suffer as a result. As a result, the majority of them are located in rural areas, far from the densely populated areas that require their power.
The more practical option is solar panels for suburban or urban areas. The rooftops of buildings, schools, and businesses can be installed with solar panels. Solar panels can be leased or purchased at an affordable price. They may even be used to generate electricity for future high-speed transit systems. In addition, transparent solar panels are being developed for retrofitting roofs, windows, and even your phone, laptop, or tablet.
Despite rapid growth, wind and solar power account for only a small fraction of the world’s electricity production. Solar and wind must be able to store their power in a useable, cost-efficient way when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing for them to compete against oil, coal, and natural gas.
The price of solar and wind panels, as well as their installation and maintenance, will have to continue declining in order to persuade consumers to switch to renewable energy sources. Green energy subsidies are set to expire in 2020, so both sectors will rely on improved infrastructure and private investment.
No energy source is without its disadvantages. However, if wind and solar can maintain their explosive growth rates, they may both be able to compete with America’s fossil fuel giants.
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