Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Renewable Energy and Energy Poverty

Renewable Energy. That may be the key to tackling energy poverty. Providing sustainable renewable energy for remote and off-grid communities will help to enable better communication and trade, help improve the education of children since they can study a night, schools will be able to stay open later for adult education, improve health through the use of clean lighting and cooking, and because clean water can be pumped directly to homes. And healthcare will become more accessible because hospitals and clinics will be able to keep medications and vaccines refrigerated. Renewable energy is the way to provide this. It will create more affordable and long lasting energy for countries in need. And the beauty is that there are so many different kinds of renewable energy to use.

Solar Energy can be used for directly heating and lighting homes and buildings, for generating electricity, for hot water heating, and for different commercial and industrial uses.

Wind energy is driven by the sun’s heat and captured in wind turbines. Then the wind and sun’s heat cause he water to evaporate. The water vapor eventually turns into rain or snow and flows downhill into rivers or streams and the energy is captured using hydroelectric power.

Bioenergy is the use of biomass to generate electricity, transport fuels, or produce chemicals. The rain and snow and sunlight cause plants to grow. The organic matter that makes up those plants are the biomass.

These are just three types of renewable energy that can be used to help combat energy poverty. To learn more about other forms that include hydrogen, geothermal, and ocean energy please click here. And to learn how to help and more about how renewable energy will help please visit Renewable World a charity that is dedicated to ending energy poverty. Together we can make a difference.

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