Renewable energy resources – solar, wind, geothermal, ocean, tidal, hydro, biomass and biofuels – and the technologies and component manufacturing linked to them have been gaining great market strides in recent years.
Concern for the environment, heavy intent to reduce dependence on foreign oil and increase independence and security via each country’s own generation capacity has thrown government into backing renewable energies. Subsidies, pay-in-tarriffs, loan guarantees and other scheme have blown wind into an active offshore market and solar into factory production.
Alternative energy sources – nuclear and shale gas, energy efficiency measures, LED and OLED lighting, recycling and reuse of water and desalination, are all part of the energy solution. Coal will be with us for a very long time as an important energy and resource commodity due to its abundance and low cost. Can clean coal help?
Energy storage, smart grid and massive consumer buy-in are issues impacting clean energy adoption. Energy and Resources integrate science, technology, electronics, energy demand and consumption and supply.