Renewable Energy Is Taking Over. Here’s How You Can Help

Many people have started investing in renewable energy development and it is seen as the greatest investment of the 21st century. Renewable energy is a big market and many big investors are interested in getting a large slice of the pie and helping the environment at the same time.

Big investors include Richard Branson who is investing $3 billion in order for scientists to find renewable energy sources that will help the world stop using fossil fuels.

Big companies have also invested in renewable energy development and want to bring about change. This includes Wal-Mart, GE and Google. Google has actually invested in a 1.6 MW PV system at its headquarters that offset about 30% of the buildings normal electricity consumption.

You can play your part in renewable energy development by doing all you can to integrate solar and wind power in your home. You could consider buying outdoor solar lights and install a solar hot water system in your house.

You can read up about all the future developments in renewable energy and solar power, and talk to your energy provider to find out how you can cut down on your fossil fuel use and install technologies that use renewable energy.

Renewable energy is a real answer to the many problems that the world faces in terms of running out of resources and pollution. Of all the books you can purchase or hire from the library, renewable energy projects are the most popular subjects, especially with children.

Every environmentalist and climatologist wants us to scale down the fossil fuel we use because they’re so damaging to the environment.

Public outrage is blowing up over the damage done to the environment from fossil fuel use. You’ll understand why if you’ve watched Al Gore’s documentary `An Inconvenient Truth’ and watched the recent climate strikes all over the world.

We need to close down fossil fuel plants too because they release several billion tons of carbon dioxide into the year every year, and this has a direct effect on global warming and climate change.

The Indian government has recently shifted from coal to cleaner, renewable sources, most notably solar power, and is leading the way in a renewable energy revolution.

The largest coal mining company in the world, Coal India, which produces around 82 per cent of India’s coal, has announced it will close 37 mines because they are no longer economically viable.

If climate change continues at the rate it is going plant and animal species will be wiped out, massive heat waves will occur killing thousands of people, and parts of the polar ice caps will melt.

There are a number of renewable energy projects that you could look into doing if you want to play a part in making the environment better.

Some renewable energy projects you could consider doing are building a windmill or building a solar collector. These DIY projects will be good for starting projects to learn about renewable energy and teach your kids ways to protect the environment.

It is actually pretty easy to find out how to build a windmill or a DIY evacuated tube solar water heater because they are very simple projects and you can find a lot of information about them online.

Wind power has been used as a source of energy for many centuries – using windmills for grinding grain in Egypt and pumping water in China.

However, the first windmills that used wind energy were the turbines used in Europe in the middle of the 20th century. The windmills of yesteryear work on a similar principle to the wind turbines used on wind farms today.

Just as is the case with solar power, wind power is inexhaustible as we’re never going to run out of wind. The World Energy Council noted that if we can harvest just 1% of the wind energy available to us, we could supply all of the word’s electrical needs.

Wind energy is free and the only cost involved is buying land and setting up wind farms, or installing wind turbines in your own back yard. The only problem with using wind energy is that the wind farms need to be in places where the wind is at its strongest.

Many of the biggest wind farms are in places where strong winds frequent such as in Wales and Scotland, and in the state of North Dakota in the United States. Germany has more installed wind capacity than all of the United States and Europe is the superpower in the wind industry.

Currently, many governments offer incentives and subsidies for installing renewable energy technology. State incentives have actually played a big part in encouraging people to install small wind turbines and solar energy systems in their homes.

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Solar Energy Advantages and Disadvantages

Perhaps the greatest argument that could be levelled against the use of fossil and nuclear fuel is our dependence on it. Global warming, though a real serious threat, maybe something that we could only be very worried about.

Singly nothing much could be done about it as it will take serious political will if it is to be addressed effectively and for now, some countries are not cooperating.

But choosing between traditional and alternative sources of energy is something most of us can choose to do, especially where it concerns off-grid use of residential solar energy systems.

The Advantages Of Solar Energy

Solar energy is abundant and is free. We can count the sun to rise tomorrow and the day after that. Oil and natural gas, on the other hand, are non-renewable, and once the source taps out, it is gone forever.

Solar energy does not pollute the air. If anything, the heat from the sun cleans the environment and maintains the natural balance.

Not so with oil. Oil, its derivatives and its byproducts are great pollutants. In fact, 22,000 pounds of carbon monoxide will need to be produced first for the oil to be processed and to supply a home with electrical energy for a year.

Solar energy panels are silent operators except, perhaps, for the mechanical contraptions built into the panels so it can track the sun, or the collection of the sun’s rays to its photovoltaic conversion.

Solar water heaters have similar benefits. It’s a world of difference from the cacophony of giant drills and pumps that are used to extract oil from the ground.

Maintenance for solar panels is minimal. Except for the mechanical parts that are optional, almost no maintenance is needed. Once the photovoltaic system is up and running there should be little cause for worry.

Solar energy is unlimited and free. With oil there’s no telling what the next pump price would be and when. Oil, being a commodity, heavily depends on market forces. And with the right strategies, even market forces can be manipulated that could cause volatility in pricing.

The Disadvantages of Solar Energy

Brand new solar energy generating systems are expensive, so despite solar energy being free, the high cost of installation prevents many households from adopting it.

The cost of installing a solar photovoltaic system or even an evacuated tube solar water heater can be prohibitive.

Although the investment your solar energy system will pay off over time and most governments provide subsidies and rebates for solar installations, the initial investment required could range into several thousands of dollars depending on the amount of power your household requires.

While solar energy technology has been around since the 1950’s it is only in the recent years that its development was has really taken off. For mass consumption of solar energy, distribution lines will be required and this remains a big issue.

Old antiquated distribution lines used to conduct energy into homes may not be ideal to deliver solar energy power into the houses of consumers.

However, off-grid use of solar energy systems is increasing as consumers choose solar energy for its ability to reduce, and eventually eliminate, their electricity bills.

Be that as it may, the benefits from solar power far outweigh its disadvantages. It is an ideal source of renewable energy that may soon be the norm in power generation.

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A Short History Of Solar Energy

Planning to go off-the-grid with a residential solar energy system in your home?

To fully understand more about solar energy and renewable energy, and what the future holds for it, it’s good to learn more about the history of solar energy. This article delves deeper into solar energy’s fascinating history.

Solar Energy Down The Ages

One of the more common and more popular roles that the sun or solar energy played during those ancient times is that of a force able to sustain life based on its ability to provide an endless source of energy.

This is probably the reason why people of those times, especially in native South and North America, as well as in other parts of the world, worshipped the Sun. The ancient Greeks built temples devoted to worshipping their sun deities, namely, Helio and Apollo.

Also, the Greek’s use of solar energy was not limited to religious purposes, as they even used solar energy systems to incorporate passive solar design in the construction of their houses.

The Romans simply improved on Greek design and also incorporated windows into their structures, allowing them to be able to trap more solar heat.

How The Solar Water Heater Came To Be

Unknown to a lot of people, the original prototype for solar water heaters is actually a result of do-it-yourself projects of people who hoped to boil water and keeping it hot for longer.

During the 18th century, scientists discovered that covering a box with a glass top while heating it would actually get the water to reach boiling temperature.

But it wasn’t until someone tried to combine a solar heat collector with a water tank that the first prototype for solar hot water heaters was created.

How Photovoltaic Cells Were Discovered

In 1839, at age 19, French physicist Edmond Becquerel experimentally demonstrated the photovoltaic effect by building the world’s first photovoltaic (PV) cell in his father’s laboratory.

British Astronomer, John Herschel was able to cook food with solar power during his African journey 200 years ago. In 1921, Albert Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize for “his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.”

Solar energy cells, also known as PV cells, were actually created when three Americans were building transistors with silicon during the 1950s.

PV cells weren’t actually an affordable solar energy source back then, but, due to its practical use in the satellite industry, the solar energy cell industry became sustainable.

The Solar Energy Industry Today

Today, solar energy has garnered a lot of renewed interest and focus, especially since it has become more affordable, and offers more use and application in our modern-day needs.

Solar energy cells are actually being used in a lot of businesses and homes today, and are responsible for powering most household appliances, office equipment, and are even used to power cars and planes.

If you use solar power in your home’s heating system, you can slash the electric bill by 50%. In the last thirty years, the price of solar panels has dropped considerably by at least 200%. Solar power kits can now be purchased from $200-$500.

In the movie, Race the Sun with James Belushi and Halley Berry in the lead, a car shaped like a cockroach and covered with solar panels used the sun’s rays as an alternative energy source to run the car.

Solar thermal technologies are being used for water heating, space heating, space cooling and process heat generation. Solar energy is also being used to distil water and make saline or brackish water potable or drinkable.

Solar furnaces use a huge array of mirrors to concentrate the Sun’s energy on a small space and produce very high temperatures. Photovoltaic cells serve as the main fuel source for satellites in space.

There are now 1.3 million solar installations across the United States, with a cumulative capacity of over 40 gigawatts.

Most of Europe is using solar power despite its climate. The energy generated on sunny days is stored in batteries. In March 2019, Germany generated 54.5% of its electricity from renewable energy.

India has become the cheapest producer of solar power in the world and solar power now represents 9.2% of the total power generation capacity in India.

If you live in an area with lots of sunlight all through the year, solar power is an excellent choice. Solar power is free and clean, and after your initial investment in your solar energy systems, you no longer have to pay for the energy.

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Why Having A Vision As An Entrepreneur Can Help You Succeed Against All Odds

“The Eagle has landed.”

Those were the immortal words that Neil Armstrong spoke when he landed the lunar module on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC.

I was born in 1970, into a world where humans had already landed on the moon. So I never saw the moon landing till years later, when they replayed parts of it on television and I was old enough to understand what it meant.

Then, I watched the movie, First Man, in which Ryan Gosling stars as Neil Armstrong. This Steven Spielberg-produced movie spans eight years from Armstrong’s early work as a naval aviator and test pilot leading up to the historic Apollo 11 mission.

As a sci-fi junkie and movie buff, I loved the movie, and there were a few things that became apparent as it played. The first was that space travel is pretty darn dangerous, as anyone who witnessed the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster will know.

What very few of us (who were born after the moon landing), know is that in the run-up to the actual event, the testing phase, there were some pretty horrific astronaut deaths.

So I could understand the danger and fear that all the people involved in the moon landing – and their families – experienced every day, knowing that they were attempting things that had never been done in the history of humankind.

They took the risks and made the sacrifices, even though there was a very real possibility that the mission would fail and they might never return to Earth.

In one scene, where Neil Armstrong is talking with a senator in the White House, and the senator says something about “taxpayer dollars,” I was irritated by his lack of vision.

Because that’s exactly what it took – a vision that united the entire team at NASA – the rocket scientists, the astronauts, and their families.

That vision is what gave them the courage to persist in the face of terrifying odds and make humankind an interplanetary species.

The people who ask, “Why spend money on a space mission when there are people starving on earth?” are asking the wrong question.

Spaceflight is more than just a technical achievement. We live in an expanding Universe, and our limited human minds must expand with it.

Just as the explorers of old expanded our narrow vision of our regional and cultural boundaries, space explorers expand the realms of human possibility. And once you see those new possibilities, your mind can never go back to what it was.

As one of my favourite authors says:

The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls the butterfly. ~ Richard Bach

That’s why you need a vision. Especially so if you’re an entrepreneur. Whether that dream is to change the world, like Elon Musk, or just build a better light-bulb.

Your vision is your “Why.” It’s the reason that you’re building a business. And it has to be bigger than you to inspire you to overcome your limitations and go for your dreams.

A vision can be different for everyone and take many forms, as in:

  • Having a vision for your life

Perhaps your vision is to take your family out of poverty and create a better life for them. Or to get a work-from-home job that gives you freedom from your corporate job.

  • Having a vision as an entrepreneur

Perhaps your vision is to create a solution to a problem that affects many people. Or of patenting an idea or invention you came up with and turning it into a real product.

  • Having a vision for your business

Perhaps you already have a successful business and your vision is to grow it into a fortune 500 company or to expand into new markets.

  • Having a vision for the future

Perhaps, like Elon Musk, you want to solve the world’s energy and transportation problems or help humans colonize other planets.

Having a vision gives us the courage and determination to persevere in the face of tremendous odds until we create that new gadget or app, or an entirely new world, depending on what you’re going for.

And like the men who landed on the moon, your vision must excite you a lot, and scare you a little, if it is to inspire and enthuse others and draw them to your cause.

That’s why every entrepreneur should watch the First Man movie.

Because you’ll see what it takes to have a dream that inspires the whole of humanity. A “Why” that’s so powerful, it can change our worldview and the future of our species.

It will show you how implementing a vision will stretch you, and make you grow and change you as nothing else can.

And that you can only persevere and risk it all because your vision electrifies you and gives you a sense of purpose that’s bigger than yourself.

My vision is to empower people, especially women, to become financially and emotionally independent, so they can overcome their limitations, achieve the freedom they deserve, and live their best lives.

What’s yours?

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What’s Your Definition Of Women’s Empowerment In India?

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We like to think that women’s empowerment in India has a long way to go compared to Western nations. But when you look at women in Middle Eastern countries you really start to appreciate the gender equality that we have, meagre though it may be.

The definition of women’s empowerment is actually different for different people, but there’s an underlying base that cannot change regardless of nationality, caste, colour, or profession.

Look at a simple example. A young working professional who stays with her parents in law says, “We were planning to take a family vacation together, and when it came deciding where and when I wasn’t even asked by my parents-in-law. I thought my opinion and convenience would matter too, but maybe I was wrong.”

The example above is a common scenario in a so-called empowered urban woman’s life. When you consider a 13-year-old girl who was raped in a village in UP by her own uncles, you start to wonder what the definition of women’s empowerment would mean to her.

After her father’s death, her mother had planned to take her to and live in the nearby town, so that she could send her to school. But financial troubles meant fate had something else in store. So you see what I mean? To this little girl, women’s empowerment would have meant going to a primary school, and plain escaping rape.

Physical empowerment is something that women can only hope for. It’s ironic to see prostitution on one hand, and slut-walks being planned on the other. One cries out “empower us” while the other cries out to prove that we are empowered.

Butt-pinching, cat-calls and whistles in a bus, to the extreme case of rape and murder, while stepping out at night in a city like Delhi or Bangalore are all proof to the fact that we have a long way to go to be assured of even basic safety. As per census data, between the years 2010 and 2011, around 8 million female fetuses have been aborted.

Intellectually, we are more empowered than women in many other countries. Indian women are choosing to study and carve their own niche in various fields. There is scope for enormous improvement in the field of education for the girl child.

A 24-year-old software professional says that when she and her manager had a discussion on growth prospects in the organization, he said: “If you’re serious about your career, I think you should look at these options.” “I’d lost him at the ‘if you’re serious about your career’” she says.

Emotionally, the definition of women’s empowerment is again very blurred. Today, a lot of women choose their own partners and marry for love, but then do we see any fall in the number of stories that are reported about dowry-related suicides or murders?

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Can You Start A Day Trading Career From Home?

Day Trading Career From Home

Fascinated by online stock trading? Can day trading make money for you?

Since the advent of the Internet, both stock investors and day traders have had the opportunity to make their own decisions – and perhaps most importantly – time them perfectly without having to be at the mercy of the brokers.

If you have enjoyed initial success with stock trading you might be pondering the question – can online stock trading be your work at home career? Or, in other words, can you make a comfortable living from share market trading?

This day trading article explains the attraction and the pitfalls of the day trading lifestyle for beginners to help you decide if a day trading career is right for you.

Learn day trading and stock trading tips, the importance of a day trading strategy or stock trading plan, what day trading academy and day trading schools can help you learn day trading rules and stock trading for beginners.

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How To Start And Run A Tuition Centre From Home

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With the poor quality of instruction in today’s educational system and institutions, it’s no wonder that many students are falling through the cracks and unable to understand the concepts taught in class.

That is why queries such as “math tutor near me” are becoming more popular on search engines like Google. A lot of parents are trying to find a local tutor for tutoring at home for their kids.

With so much demand for home tutoring, running a tuition centre or home tutoring service is one of the most popular options when it comes to setting up a business from home.

A centre for tutoring at home can be small or large, based at home, or in a rented space. Read on to find out more about how you can start and run your very own tuition centre at home in India.

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