Hello and welcome to njcleanpower.com! Here we strive to provide you with up to date statistical information on the potential for clean and sustainable energy in New Jersey a common goal of many different states in the union. The modern debacle of energy reliance on unsustainable fossil fuels has lead to exploratory efforts, such as this site, to outline what could NJ potentially use, or move towards.
Any sustainable effort must include the 5 R’s as at least a beginning point. The three are well engrained into almost everyone, reduce, reuse, and recycle, but the other two are less obvious. The first is repair. If you repair something you can extend its useful beyond what the declared manufacturing date is, and lessen your global consumption. The first ties eloquently, at least in terms of its consumerist critique, into the second which is to refuse to consume. Some organizations ask consumers if they really do buy into the plethora of advertising they are subjected to every day, and actually call on people to contemplate whether or not they really need something, and not just whether the ad was persuasive in making the product seem nice to own. These are generally the fixations from the single user point of view.
Another important consideration to look into macro level sustainability policies is the manner in which you collect electricity. The modern age is, by necessity, run on electricity and power. Electricity is king. The primary consideration then is how to move from inefficient, harmful fossil fuels to more long lasting sustainable energy models, and there are several modes of thought in this area.
One of the most controversial is to use nuclear fuel as a transitional fuel from fossil to fully sustainable. Although not without its serious critics, the spent fuel lasts for 1000s of years, it can still be considered transitional in this way. There are companies that make a living storing and maintaining to the fuel responsibly, which helps to mitigate the risk. The return of nuclear fuel is also quite high, making it an efficient source of power. However, usually other sustainable models are looked into before the nuclear power is made number one.
Although countries like France have invested heavily in nuclear power, around 70% of their total power is nuclear power; there are other alternatives that do not hold the fear of reprisal or the national security weakness that is sometimes viewed with nuclear power. Solar power for example uses technology in a much different way than the other electrical generation methods. Photovoltaic energy does not rely on power to oscillate a magnet around coils, or vice versa, but utilizes the electrical potential in the sun’s rays. Solar power also is reaching new efficiencies almost every day. The inhibitor to a 100 percent conversion from the rays to the output is the physical capacity of the circuitry that scientists are uses. A subsidiary of Boeing has recently made headlines as it made the most efficient solar module on the globe with an efficiency of 41.6 percent. This is not commercially available; most public modules run around 18-19 percent efficiency. Still, with zero waste emissions, this is by far the more sustainable and green method of electrical production.
Some ecologists and biologists contest the claim, but hydroelectricity is another large source of water that has little to no emissions. The dilemma with hydroelectric power is the massive structure, a dam, which must contain a river enough to make it a lake. After this point has been reached, the damn can begin to let water out through the lower portion which houses turbines. The water pressure from the lake is used to create electricity in this way. Some biologists have argued against this method because the water flow out of the dam comes in massive bursts which act like tsunamis which devastate the river’s ecosystem and turn it into an underwater moonscape. This is not always the case, but it can happen.
As shown, there are a plethora of different options to consider, each with their own pros and con’s. As a matter of public policy it is important to weight all of the potential impacts of a solar home and consider which is best.
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