The Bright Future of Solar Engineering Power Part One
Making solar energy economical may be the single biggest environmental accomplishment of human existence since the Industrial Revolution. Finding a way to harness the infinite energy of the sun may conserve more natural resources than any other engineering discovery of the past one hundred years combined (Martin, 63). As the National Academy of Engineering states, the power of the sun produces 10,000 times the commercial energy we consume on the planet. Implementing inexpensive solar power will be a transformative step for the future of global energy use. The challenge of making solar power more economical is the National Academy of Engineering’s most critical principle relating to the future of energy consumption and conservation of renewable resources. This piece co-authored by Saeed G who writes for many sources.
With the understanding of the abundance of solar energy in mind it is astounding to realize that less than one percent of all of the world’s energy use is directed from the sun (National Academy of Engineering). The damage of wreckless burning fossil fuels and pollution cause by modern energy consumption cannot sustain under the finite resources of the earth. Solar power gives the opportunity of an unlimited energy source that is currently not being harnessed. The technology to capture this potential energy has improved drastically to make this energy transition more viable than ever. With this potential comes an ethical obligation to increase the amount of research and development in solar energy. According to Charles Harris, there is a moral deliberation that must be considered by an engineer’s understanding of potential benefits of new developments being discovered (Harris, 14).
Industry concerns of the damage to existing energy corporations is no doubt one of the driving reasons that solar energy has been stagnant to this point. According to the National Academy of Engineering, more than 85% of the world’s energy is currently derived from oil, natural gas, and coal. These industries are huge lobbying groups and large employers in the United States and around the world.
Many of the solar energy that is currently being used have developed from solar panels. According to engineer Michael Boxwell, these electric systems employ photovoltaic technology to harness and convert the sun’s rays during the daytime (18). Many of these systems work in hybrid synergy with another form of contemporary energy. Boxwell also places high hopes on mobile and portable solar power units. These components are comprised of four parts which include a solar controller, a sealed lead acid battery, an inverter, and a solar panel that can be easily packed to travel (175). This technology is currently being used in the form of solar batteries that are being enjoyed by campers and hikers that need portable devices like lanterns and cooking tools that can use the sun’s rays to charge the batteries during the day and hold their charge anywhere from three to ten hours.