Renewable Energy South Africa
Renewable Energy is a clean energy source which can be regenerated for an indefinite period of time. Unlike energy sources which are generated through fossil fuels like coal,oil and gas. Fossil fuels will eventually be depleted or be uneconomically to access. Most renewable energy sources are clean sources of energy e.g. they don't emit any greenhouse gasses and with constantly improved efficiencies are becoming more mainstream. Fossil fuels generate greenhouse gasses which can be blamed for rising temperatures and climate changes.
Some known renewable energy sources are.
- Solar Energy (Both heating and electricity generating).
- Wind Energy.
- Geothermal Energy Sources.
- Hydro Power.
- Biogas or Biofuel
With the ever rising cost of traditional fossil fuels based energy, renewable energy is becoming a viable option. Renewable energy can be produced on a large macro scale to a small micro environment like solar heating at home.
Advantages of Renewable Energy.
- Potentially unlimited supplies.
- Clean Energy without production of greenhouse gasses.
- Cost of creating energy besides of initial investment is low.
Disadvantages of Renewable Energy
While renewable energy has many advantages it has some disadvantages as well. The main disadvantage is intermittent supply. For example solar power only works during the day, you need an effective way to store the energy for later use. Storage cost for renewable energy can be costly and are not always environmentally friendly.
So for the near future a combination of traditional energy sources like fossil fuels,nuclear energy, renewable energy and energy savings are the most viable option.
Economic Benefits of Renewable Energy
Renewable Energy will become an economic driver and generator of employment for future generations as well. Currently demand is still low due to cost factors, but rising energy cost, improved technology and lower cost will see demand for renewable energy improving.
Countries and organisations investing in renewable energy research and production are investing for the future and will see great benefits in the future.
Renewable Energy Alternatives
Renewable energy alternatives ? Yes @ renewableenergy.co.za we realise that 100% renewable energy for the near future is not viable for many reasons. For this reason we not only provide articles related to renewable energy but we provide information related to energy saving as well. Reducing the worlds energy consumption is key to preserving our current energy resources like oil, gas and coal. So the more energy efficient we become the better for our planet. Slowing energy consumption will slow down global warming and will give us more time to research alternative energy and renewable energy for sustainable living in the future.
South Africa's potential for renewable energy
South Africa still has an abundance of fossil fuels in the form of coal, hence the many existing and newly developed coal powered power stations. At the same time South Africa has an abundance of sunshine which lends itself very well for solar water heating and electricity generation. With increasing prices of coal powered electricity solar powered heating and electricity is becoming more attractive. One major hurdle still is legislation. Currently domestic grid tied solar systems in South Africa are legally not allowed to feed back into the grid.