Nuclear Energy Option in Germany

Germany is by many considered as one of the leading countries when it comes to supporting the development of renewable energy. Having this in mind, the latest report according to which Germany would extend the life of its nuclear reactors by 12 years on average, came as a rather big surprise.

Nuclear energy is always a controversial issue, and Germany is no exception so it’s really no surprise that this decision raised plenty of critics towards Chancellor Angela Merkel. Environmentalists and many energy experts believe that this decision was step backwards, and a hard blow for the future development of renewable energy.

Merkel defended her decision by saying that the decision to prolong life of nuclear reactors in Germany would really serve as a “bridge” until renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power can produce more of Germany’s power as it seeks to reduce dependence on coal. Merkel also highlighted that without the nuclear power Germany could may as well forget about its target of reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050 from 1990 levels. On the other hand many environmentalists argue that this decision is all about yielding to powerful nuclear energy lobby.

Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen said that the nuclear reactors in older plants will be extended by eight years and those of newer ones by 14 years, and he also added that nuclear utilities would have to pay part of their extra profits boosted from the extension to develop renewable energy.

The recent polls and surveys in Germany have shown that majority of Germans opposed the idea of postponing the date that the country goes nuclear-free which makes this decision even more surprising.

Austria’s environment minister Niki Berlakovich was also very disappointed with such decision saying that “nuclear energy will not answer the problems related to climate or be a solution to reducing CO2 emissions because the future of energy supplies lies indisputably in renewable energy”.

The time period of 10-15 years may not seem so long, but this also means that in the next 15 years renewables will not only have to compete with fossil fuels but also with nuclear power, which will make things very difficult for renewable energy industry, and may seriously slow down the development of wind and solar energy in Germany.

Alternative Forms of Energy

There’s no doubt about it: we’re all looking for ways to save money, and often, the most feasible solution that comes to mind is by cutting energy costs, either by using up less energy or – a more palatable solution for our energy-hungry civilization – by finding an alternative energy source that costs less, or costs hardly anything at all. Also, in the interest of preserving our environment for future and even present generations, we are looking for energy sources that are green and sustainable.

Some of the alternative energy sources that we’ve found are truly strange, but as they say, desperate times call for desperate measures. Believe it or not, some of these “strange” energy sources are already in the market. Check them out:

1. Human energy. This is not as strange as it sounds. Products have been designed to harness everyday human movements through wires in clothing, creating enough energy to charge the wearer’s cell phone or MP3 player when the wearer flexes his arms or walks to the parking lot.

There are even gyms now that have generators in their stationary bikes, treadmills, and exercise machines, which create the power used for the gym’s lighting, air conditioning, etc.

If you’re interested in putting something like this in your home, check out the Pedal-A-Watt bike, which can be fitted with a power pack to store energy you create, for later use on appliances that require no more than 400 watts of electricity. These would normally include a desktop computer (75 watts), a stereo (20 watts), or a television (200 watts).

2. Piezoelectricity. In regular English, this means the energy created when a substance such as a piezoelectric crystal is hit by another substance – like, say, when we hit a button.

Now imagine this: if the buttons we so love to press all around us had a piezoelectric crystal underneath it, generating piezoelectricity, we could, perhaps, charge our cell phones simply by texting on them, or charge our laptops simply with all the typing we do on the keyboard!

In 2008, a product using this technology has already been released in prototype form. However, it has not yet been seen in the market.

3. Poop power. Not everyone in the world exercises, and we dare say there are still people out there who don’t text or type. But of this, we can be sure: Every one of the world’s 7 billion people defecates, and if all that manure could be turned to energy, it would certainly amount to significant savings.

It’s already here. In Rwanda, Norway, and yes, in the UK, human poop has been used for generating electricity and heat. It’s just a matter of time before the technology benefits the rest of us.

But if you’re thinking you can go off the grid simply from harnessing all the energy going down your own household’s toilet, don’t hold your breath. It takes the combined manure of 100,000 people to generate enough electricity to power five hundred 51kW light bulbs, according to http://www.upd8.org.uk.

The good news is, if you’re looking for alternative energy you can use right here, right now, you already have several available options, such as solar photovoltaic panels, solar thermal panels, biomass systems, micro CHP systems, ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps, micro hydro power, and micro wind power.

There are energy companies such as British Gas that offer free consultation and assessment, plus expert installation services, to help you access these available alternative energy sources.

If you’re interested in lowering your energy costs and preserving the environment for yourself and your children, ask your energy provider about these alternative energy options today.

Free Energy Options Review – “How to Make Free Energy From Water and Solar Sources” Guide

Are you searching for ways on how to make free energy from water and solar sources? A few months ago, I had been looking for a way to make my own wind powered and solar generators on the internet.

After looking through countless websites on the internet with free energy information, I could not find anything specific and useful, and I almost gave up my search. Luckily, I was recommended a guide by my friend called Free Energy Options which I have used to build the power generators that I wanted to.

1. What Are The Benefits Of Using The Free Energy Options System?

It is projected that energy costs will be going up further in the near future and no one is sure how high it will go. The burden of electricity and energy bills was weighing down on me, which led me to start searching for free energy solutions. I am glad that I started looking for energy options and have succeeded in building my own free power generators.

2. How I Started Making Power With The Free Energy Options System

You will need to acquire all the parts listed in the guide, like a DC motor that can be easily bought for a few dollars if you do not already have it. My first project was to build the wind generator, and the other was the solar power generator. Even though I had very little technical skills and it was my first time making the generator, I was able to assemble it quickly with the step by step instructions in Free Energy Options.

Other than written instructions for building the power generators, the guide also contains clear visual plans that shows you where the parts and components will need to be placed and how the whole generator looks like when completed.