- Renewable & Alternative Energy
The Era of Solar Energy
Our scientists already know that there were more advanced civilizations that inhabited the planet before us. We have made it through the Bronze and Stone Age, learned to create and operate all sorts vehicles, so it must be the right time to make a jump forward in collective creativity and turn the planet into a better place by learning how to use the energy of the Sun more extensively in our everyday life. After all, we are likely to be the only civilization that spent so much time destroying the planet and consuming its resources. Time has come to change the way we see the world and start using the resources more wisely.
History of solar panels
Do you remember the 1990s when small solar panels were used on cheap calculators? I remember I had one in school. Back then it was one of the few ways to use this type of alternative energy without spending more money than it could actually save in the long run.
The creation of the first solar panel dates back to 1960 and was accredited to Bell Laboratories, however, the invention has been in process years before. Even Albert Einstein worked in this scientific niche quite a lot. Since the price of the first panels was very high (up to several hundred dollars for one panel), it was worth using them only in big projects, like space stations and satellites. It was until recent times that solar energy was a luxury for everyday users. Now this is all history. One can purchase a wide range of products that run on solar energy (most of them being developed in the United States or Japan and sold in China) and the production of electricity would cost 1$ or less per one watt.
Solar Energy Powered Cities
Some readers may not know about it yet, but there is an environmentally friendly city in Japan that is sustained entirely by energy accumulated through solar panels. The city's name is Fujisawa. All the houses have solar panels installed on the rooftops, street lighting is entirely accumulated through solar panels and even cars that drive through the city do not use oil fuel. Can you imagine how healthy are the kids that play in the streets of Fujisawa? I would definitely want my children to grow up in such a city.
Although Fujisawa is rapidly becoming a wide known example, this ecologically clean Japanese city is not the only case: there are cities like Malmö in Sweden and Freiburg in Germany where this breakthrough invention is widely used to provide solar energy to its inhabitants, so the future of solar panels is closer than one may think. These are not the only cities that are starting to widely use solar panels. It probably won't take long before one may have to start providing their home with solar energy regardless of the area they are living in. The only thing I hope for is that the elite will not lose their common sense and start dividing the surface of the Sun into private areas to be able to sell the energy to common customers.
Location of Fujisawa
Solar Powered Electronics
Nowadays there are lots of consumer electronics that have solar panels installed. This convenience allows people to charge their mobile electronics while hitch-hiking or spending time in the wild or anywhere away from home. It can be anything - from a mobile phone charger to a solar powered radio or solar powered watch. Just browse Ebay or Amazon.com and you will be surprised at how many devices there are in the market at affordable prices. Should you be interested in purchasing one, take a look at my Solar Energy Chargers hub which has some solar panel charges reviewed.
I know that in the digital era many of us would hardly survive outdoors with no ability to charge a dying mobile phone, so taking a solar charger with you while traveling can be a life saving decision, don't you think so?
All in all, I believe that more extensive use of solar energy will help our civilization make a huge step towards the future: we may invent vehicles that can be moved by solar power, we have the possibility to build cities fully supported by the power of the Sun, but this is not the main goal for future; it is traveling to space that can become safer and more affordable for countries that make the most out of this invention in the nearest future. Who knows, maybe if we all unite in this idea and take a look at the following question from different perspectives, we can speed up our technological growth while changing the environment into something healthier to give better living conditions to our children.