There are new ways and alternatives to burning traditional fossil fuels for the sake of the environment, as well as to help with combatting the increasing cost of this form of energy. There is research emerging in this field all over the world, some with more rapid uptake than others. These alternatives are in response to serious climate change concerns, and economic pressures, as well as demands from politicians and other factors. Some of the most unique and creative alternatives to fossil fuels include the following.
This plant is unique in many ways, including the fact that it can grow eight to 10 feet in just 100 days. It is currently being explored not only as an alternative but as a way to reduce and mitigate the immense carbon dioxide emitted and created by burning fossil fuels today. It can be found in many climates and places around the world.
Being a quick-growing plant creates a plentiful and frequent harvest. There is actually less CO2 released when burning the fuel produced by the plant than there is captured when the grass is growing; thus, we see the negative carbon cycle, (which is excellent for the environment), in action.
Given the fact that hydrogen is so abundant, in fact, one of the most plentiful elements found in our environment, using it as a form of energy is not a new concept. However, how it is being developed and making a resurgence as an alternative for detrimental fossil fuels is exciting. The one downfall to this alternative is its expensive nature and the fact that it does cost more than many other alternatives.
Taking the power of the waves seems intuitive and straightforward, but in fact, it is challenging, and the idea is still being researched and better understood. A lot of innovative research, tests and technology is being developed to harness the power of oceans, especially in Europe, but increasingly in the US as well. Many large companies are taking an interest in the potential and power of the sea.
Drinking whisky has long been a normal part of various societies, especially in Scotland, where the drink has its roots. The waste that is produced when creating whisky has been innovatively repurposed, as it can be used as feed for cattle, and now, it is even being used to fuel the production and operations of distilleries, and even other buildings and processes as well.
Solar panels are commonplace and increasingly popular, but there are increasing ways to leverage the power of the sun. Some researchers and scientists have used the titanium oxide found in the paint to absorb solar energy and repurpose it.