Lynx, Destroyer of Worlds (with Science!) (lynxreign) wrote,
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Alternate Energy

I'm quite interested in alternative sources of energy. I have to say that I'm really sick of one part of the discussion about alternative energy. Most times when you go to a lecture or read an article that has comments, someone will invariably say "This will never work! We use oil and coal to get x amount of energy and this will only provide 10%/25%/50% of that!" Of course, they mean that this one source can't replace those several more polluting sources. Following the cut, I've created a list of all the types of alternative energy I've heard about over the last few years. Used in conjunction they can provide many times the amount of energy we currently get from more polluting sources. That's what the naysayers frequently miss, using more than one source to replace the multiple sources we have now. That and the fact that the technologies mentioned here are improving in efficiency every year.


  • Solar
    • Photovoltaic
      • Home
      • Business
      • Large-scale
    • Solar Thermal
      • Solar Tower
      • Solar Focused Mirror
    • Driveway/Parking Lot heat

  • Wind
    • Windmill
    • Large Scale
    • Building-based
    • Sea-based
    • Flying (High Atmosphere)

  • Water
    • River/canal
    • Hydro-electric dam
    • River-tidal
    • Channel turbines
  • Oceanic
    • Shore tidal
    • Float tidal

  • Geothermal
    • Deep heat geothermal
    • Shallow cooling geothermal

  • Bio
    • Burning
      • Corn
      • Cornstalk
      • Switchgrass
      • Hemp
      • Methane
      • Seaweed (chaoticmoth)
    • Bacterial fuel generation
    • Algae-based oil (chaoticmoth)

  • Fuel Cell
    • Hydrogen
    • Natural Gas
  • Human
    • Street/sidewalk pressure plates
    • Gymnaseum regeneration
  • Conservation
  • Nuclear
    • Fission
      • Traditional
      • Fast Breeder
    • Fusion
  • Space
    • Solar beaming
  • Storage
    • Battery
    • Capacitor
    • Battery-capacitor hybrid
    • Hydrogen
    • Compressed air
    • Molten salt One example
  • More speculative
    • Lightning capture
    • Cyclone/hurricane generation
    • Zero-point
    • Tether systems



Everything up to the More Speculative section are currently being researched or are in trials right now.

If you think of some I've missed, please let me know in the comments and I'll add them.

As I come across articles about these and more, I'll post them.
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