Energy & Green Tech

New report details Switzerland's geo-energy potential

When the Swiss government decided to phase out nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima accident on 11 March 2011, it also launched a major nationwide research program to explore alternative energy sources, with the goal ...

Energy & Green Tech

Balancing supply and demand in the electricity market

Texas has emerged as a leader in alternative energy sources, such as solar and wind. As the state moves toward a "smart grid" delivery system, the companies that provide energy services are rushing to determine the best ways ...

Energy & Green Tech

Holistic view of planning energy self-sufficient communities

Sustainable communities supplied by local renewable energy production are beginning to be established in the U.S. By using energy-efficient buildings and distributing means of energy generation, such as solar panels, throughout ...

Energy & Green Tech

Signs suggest recent dramatic drop in price for solar panels

(TechXplore)—Recently, researchers revealed that energy companies making bids to install large solar farms overseas have listed prices for solar panels that are dramatically lower than in the past. One bid, for a project ...

Energy development

Energy development is the ongoing effort to provide sufficient primary energy sources and secondary energy forms to fulfill civilization's needs. It involves both installation of established technologies and research and development to create new energy-related technologies. Major considerations in energy planning include resource depletion, supply production peaks, security of supply, cost, impact on air pollution and water pollution, and whether or not the source is renewable.

Technologically advanced societies have become increasingly dependent on external energy sources for transportation, the production of many manufactured goods, and the delivery of energy services. This energy allows people who can afford the cost to live under otherwise unfavorable climatic conditions through the use of heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning. Level of use of external energy sources differs across societies, as do the climate, convenience, levels of traffic congestion, pollution, production, and greenhouse gas emissions of each society.

Expanding human populations generally require an increased consumption of and dependence on external energy sources. Research, development and practice of energy efficiency and conservation by the populace allows a degree of mitigation of this dependence. Wise energy use embodies the idea of balancing levels of human comfort and energy consumption by researching and implementing effective and sustainable energy harvesting and utilization measures.

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