With the nuclear disaster that we are having at Fukushima NPP, Japan. The world really pushes on for the advancement of ‘Green’ energy, and we here sees a proliferation in newly revealed albeit long discovered green energy sources.
Green technology had been around for a very long time, even before the global warming crisis that we are having now, scientists have determined that more environmental-friendly energy sources are needed for us human and the world to survive. But due to the easiness of fossil fuel and coal derived energy, ‘Green’ fuels are pushed aside and forgotten to most but the concern ones. Sure, we’ve heard of Solar, Wind and Hydro energy, but there’s more than meets the eye.
Recently, Google Venture teamed up with CoolPlanetBiofuels – a company that produce energy from Grass, wood chip and anything plant derived – that claims its biofuel products are not just net zero, but “negative carbon fuels,” because the byproducts from making and using them can sequester carbon, and therefore act as a soil conditioner. Converting cellulosic plant material into gasoline could help the agricultural sector by creating demand for non-food crops, and potentially new jobs in rural farming communities.
And Algae.Tec in Australia claims that the green stuff in your koi pond could power the world for less than USD40 a gallon which is quite competitive to the current price of fossil fuel. Algae.Tec uses a proprietary process to harvest vegetable oil and biomass from algae. Those products can then be refined into ethanol, jet fuel, and biodiesel. Algae-derived biofuels are valued because of the short period of time it takes for the organisms to grow.
With the Nuclear crisis we are currently facing, the world may look at Nuclear energy with a sense of fear and it is understandable, but let’s get our facts straight first, the Fukushima NPP is a 2nd Generation Nuclear reactor, right after the 1st generation reactor which are the prototype stage, the Fukushima is obselete in every way but unknown to most, the Fukushima NPP predates both Chernobyl NPP and Three Mile Island NPP, and have been operational for more than 40 years, and despites all that, it survived a lot of earthquakes and now a tsunami. The only reason it is failing was because the facility’s emergency generator failed to power the the control the temperature.
But no matter how you look at it, Nuclear derived energy is the currently the best way to quench our thirst for energy, it is both very efficient and the technology is already here. Fast Breeder Reactor can use up to 99% of the nuclear source given, unlike the normally used Light water reactor that only uses 1% of the nuclear source. Fast breeder also creates less wastes and the wastes created have a shorter half-life.
Some might say we are at the brink of our own destruction, but it’s only on the brink that people find the will to change.