Essay about The World Needs A Sustainable Energy Source

1500 Words May 4th, 2015 6 Pages
The world needs a sustainable energy source, there are no two ways about it. In my opinion, with the current infrastructure of the United States, the only way the US can generate enough energy effectively and efficiently is by combining nuclear, hydroelectric, solar, wind, and biofuels. Nuclear can generate a solid baseline in which solar can add on to during the day when energy usage is near its highest. The rest of the sources can add onto what is being produced by nuclear and can then match the energy fluctuations so we aren 't over or under producing. Also, having multiple power sources will help maximize the effectiveness of where we put them. For example, we would put solar panels on top of houses that face the sun, or in deserts. Wind farms can go on the coastal areas where wind is usually constant, as well as on the Great Plains. We could also follow in the footsteps of Apple and use the natural flow of water to power micro plants along rivers [Apple] as well as make our current hydroelectric power plants more efficient.. We should also invest in developing a graphene carbon nanotube supercapacitor (GCNT) that can be used as batteries that can power our transportation needs, and will absorb unused power when power is being over produced. These batteries can be charged in fractions of the time it takes a conventional battery and can hold much more energy. This would be ideal for ones every day transportation needs. Current battery powered automobiles take a very long…

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