What is clean energy?
Find out what clean energy is and how the energy we consume contributes to the greenhouse effect and the Earth.
HOW DOES OUR ENERGY PRODUCTION AFFECT THE PLANET?
Pollution and the greenhouse effect are among the main threats to the Earth’s health. As we have already written on the blog, the increase in the emission of greenhouse gases causes a series of consequences such as the extinction of animals and plants, the increase of the likelihood of droughts and extreme heatwaves, the increase in sea level, the increase in the number of cyclones with strong intensity and the emergence of climate refugees due to areas becoming uninhabitable because of climate change.
With this in mind, energy production appears as a major villain in the emission of gases that cause the greenhouse effect. Globally, our energy comes mainly from burning fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas, and coal. The burning of these gases causes the greenhouse effect and the progressive increase in the average temperatures of the oceans and terrestrial atmospheres, a phenomenon known as global warming. For this reason, there is an urgent need to replace our fossil fuel-based energy infrastructure with clean energy sources.
WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF CLEAN ENERGY?
When we speak of clean energy, we are not talking about an energy source that causes zero environmental impact. Unfortunately, this is a dream that has not yet come true. Clean energy is an energy source that does not release polluting gases (contributing to the greenhouse effect) into the atmosphere, limiting its environmental impact to the place where the energy is produced.
WHAT ARE SOME TYPES OF CLEAN ENERGY?
There are many types of clean energy; below, we list some examples:
- WIND ENERGY
The wind is captured through the blades of a turbine, turning these around the rotor. Like any other generator, the mechanical energy of the wind is transformed into electrical energy.
- SOLAR ENERGY
Solar panels with voltaic cells (the main component of silicon) capture the sunlight’s energy through its photons, transforming it into electrical energy.
- TIDAL WAVE ENERGY
The movement of sea waves is captured through propellers attached to turbines on the seabed.
- HYDROELECTRIC ENERGY
This energy comes from the movement of the waters in seas and rivers, whether caused by natural or artificial unevenness.
- GEOTHERMAL ENERGY
The heat generated by terrestrial magma acts as the raw material. This heat causes the groundwater to evaporate and rotate blades connected to a turbine. This mechanical energy is transformed into electrical energy through a generator.
HOW CAN I CONTRIBUTE TO NEUTRALIZING MY ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT?
When we consume electricity from polluting energy sources, we are polluting the planet and aggravating the greenhouse effect and global warming. Some measures, such as installing solar panels in homes or the purchase of electric cars (instead of those powered by gasoline), are useful for the improvement of this problem. Still, they are expensive and, therefore, inaccessible to many.
A solution for those who want to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere is the purchase of MOSS carbon credits.
A carbon credit is a certificate that proves that a ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) is no longer emitted into the atmosphere. When you buy these credits, you invest in projects that aim to capture the excess carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere, thereby reducing the greenhouse effect and global warming.
Some of these projects have already been detailed on the blog, like the Agrocortex Project, Fazenda Fortaleza Ituxi, and Amazon REDD + IFM. To purchase your carbon credits, click here. It takes less than two minutes, is inexpensive, is a perennial asset, and is safe and audited by international institutions.
Description: Learn how the type of energy we consume affects the greenhouse effect and Planet Earth. Discover sources of clean energy production without emission of greenhouse gases.