Jon Harper – jbh2175
Sustainability Issue: Energy
The world is running out of fossil fuel resources, and the mining, transportation, and burning of them results in the release of many harmful GHGs which contribute to global warming. The energy needs of the world only continue to increase, however, as our population continues to grow exponentially and the developing world increases its demand for energy. We must develop sources for sustainable, clean, nonpolluting energy.
Technology: Marine Energy (Tidal and Wave)
Concentrating on these coastal areas, we find that producing energy here would be beneficial for many reasons. About 40% of the world population lives within 100km of the coast. This means that power generated from marine energy would be created close to the demand, further increasing efficiency. Also, land which is often at a premium for other uses would not need to be set aside for power generation by wind or solar.
-Nations, both developing and developed, who are working on their power generation
- More research and development is needed to develop larger and more efficient generators.
- More investment is needed to produce this technology, and implement it.
- Installation of these technologies can be clustered and linked to reduce the need for additional transmission infrastructure.