If we could fast forward 15 years the technology that would really blow ones mind would not be the copious fields of wind turbines but in truth the thousands of developments that have entered our daily lives through more energy efficient applications. In turn through greater energy efficiency in our daily lives will present a reduced energy demand full stop. So what are the most significant energy expending areas you should take a look at? Household heating is generally the largest element that makes up a U.K. energy bill accounting for around 53% of electricity and gas bills. Over recent years energy efficient electric radiators such as the SlimPro have taken the UK by storm through helping households and businesses to shrink their heating energy demand without sacrificing comfort. It’s estimated that you could be saving around 50% from your heating bill with an eco electric radiator this is down to the controllability and high performance energy saving technology.
If there is a crème de la crème of clean energy generation it is without a doubt nuclear fusion. The technology promises the key to unlocking limitless carbon free power unaccompanied by the highly lethal nuclear rubbish. The concept orbits around replicating a similar atomic reaction that occurs deep within the core of the sun. It’s estimated that fusion reactors could provide an obscene quantity of energy with the most minuscule environmental trade off. The reaction is very compact in comparison to its output with it being possible for a tractor sized trailer to posses the capacity of around 100 megawatts of electricity.
Wind power is poised for even more colossal gains with break through turbine designs that originate from aeronautics which allow for maximum performance in generating energy through each surge in wind. Wind turbines are becoming progressively established offshore with countries like Denmark displaying impressive results. Denmark's offshore wind power is currently generating over a third of it’s energy supply and is expected to reach 50 percent by 2020. The U.K. has been recognised as possessing some of the best offshore wind locations in Europe. As a consequence it is already seeing huge investments and developments in the sector with energy prices generated from such sites expected to be cheaper than Britons controversial and largest ever nuclear Hinkley Point C project.
You may not of heard of Geothermal energy before and that no surprise as it remains decades away from becoming a reality. Geothermal is anticipated to flourish rapidly once scientist uncover a commercially feasible strategy to harness energy deep within the Earths crust. Scientists in Iceland have developed years of drilling into volcanoes in order to retrieve hot water and magma deposits with the intention of developing high temperature resources into advanced geothermal power stations. If the research is successful it may soon be accessible to drill geothermal wells offshore which will enable the project to reach enormous stores of heat energy from drilling just 1,000 meters below the seabed.
Next generation nuclear power
Since the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster which upset Japan behind a earthquake. Various concepts have been created to prevent anything of it’s kind from occurring again. Rather than nuclear power plants that will power large cities the latest designs are pointing towards an increased number of plants but on a much smaller scale that would instead power a local community. With the exception of the UK’s largest ever nuclear Hinkley Point C project which is controversially one of the largest and most advanced nuclear power stations currently available. It’s output is expected to be around 3,200 Megawatts while storage of nuclear waste is expected to cost the developers a whooping £7bn to clean up. Only yesterday the UN called for the project to be suspended due to the governments failure to consult with other neighbouring countries over the possibilities of a toxic incident.
Space energy technology is no set formula with numbers projects undergoing continuing development and research. Formulas such as harvesting hydrogen from the moon to power fuel cells on Earth to orbiting solar arrays which harness sunlight and deflect the energy back to earth via microwaves. While again it is estimated that we won’t see this technology in practice for another 20 plus years it’s worth noting that NASA are taking this technology seriously investing huge sums in order to make it commercially viable over the next 30 years. Numerous other companies are looking out towards space for developing low carbon energy such as space based solar power which is expected to be in operation by the end of this decade. So keep an eye out the renewable electric revolution is on the horizon.