Archive for March, 2010

Battling Fossil Fuels; Part III- Aqueous Alternatives

Our adventure to wrestle fossil fuels is almost at an end. Our final weapon in our arsenal is here. Hydroelectric power can be used without the sun or without the wind. Hydroelectric power is just as its name suggests- getting electricity from hydro- from water. How Hydroelectric Power works is that there are dams that take water and convert it into energy.

Hydroelectric Power is extremely advantageous to us and our environment because they it does not emit anything harmful into the air to damage the environment and uses an inexhaustible source (water) as fuel for energy. Most Hydroelectric Dams receive the energy from flowing water- the flowing water turns a turbine which gets energy. The passing water goes into a dam reservoir for both future use and future storage.

Although Hydroelectric Power is extremely beneficial and has many positives, it has disadvantages as well. Basically, Hydroelectric Dams cost a hefty amount of money to build. Furthermore, Hydroelectric Dams will not always work. A relatively large body of water is needed for Hydroelectric Conversion. If there is no water near, there is no energy. This makes Hydroelectric Power very nearsighted- obviously you cannot build a dam in central Nevada. Therefore, our “Aqueous Alternative”, though extremely advantageous does have his flaws and should not be relied upon as the world’s only source of getting energy. Stay tuned for Part IV where we will explore why Fossil Fuels are still used, despite all of our alternatives.

-Flaviu Delczeg

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Battling Fossil Fuels; Part II- Solar Solutions

Our quest to combat fossil fuels continues. We found out that sometimes Tempest Energy will not always work- the wind will not always blow. Therefore, we need another solution. This is where Solar Energy comes in.

The power of the sun has always been used as a source of energy. Plants and solar panels convert this sunlight into raw energy. Every time the sun shines, we would get energy from it. This is a very swell idea. Even on really cloudy days- we would still get solar energy, though not as much of an abundant amount as on a hot summer’s day. Solar energy is extremely beneficial to not only the environment but to us as well. The sun is classified as an inexhaustible resource- a resource that will never run out. This makes it potentially better than fossil fuels. It also does no damage to the environment in any way- it does not release harmful gases and does not interfere with the cooling or warming of the planet.

 Although Solar Energy is extremely efficient, and is used world-wide for energy, we still must think about the cons of Solar Energy. If we rely solely and only on Solar Energy, we would be scuba diving without oxygen tanks. What about the nights? We get no energy- no recharge at night. This can halt our civilization if we hypothetically experience a period of perpetual darkness or many days without sunlight. There is still one more choice to help us through our sunless, windless nights. Stay tuned for Part III.

– Flaviu Delczeg

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Battling Fossil Fuels; Part I- Breezy Back-ups

Fossil Fuels are used everyday as a primary source of energy worldwide. Fossil fuels are incredibly reliable and efficient, however they are shortcomings as they do not last forever and are nonrenewable resources. In addition, they harm the environment with the large amount of Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide, Sulfuric Dioxide, and various other gases that could either heat or pollute the atmosphere. Fossil Fuels may be beneficial to us, but are extremely detrimental to the environment around us. We need a new alternative.

Wind energy or “Tempest Energy” as I will dub it the rest of the blog, is incredibly efficient and does not damage the environment in any way. The basis of Tempest Energy is creating a system of specialized windmills that when spun activate a generator that gets energy for us to use.

Tempest Energy is extremely useful because the wind blows every single day and therefore we can get energy every single day; All by the power of Mother Nature. However, what about the days when the wind doesn’t blow? We would be up the creek without a paddle and be without energy that day, thus slowing our businesses, homes, and schools. Even if Tempest Energy is extremely reliable, we should not focus solely on it. There are many other alternative resources that we can use for energy. Stay Tuned for Part II in our quest to combat Fossil Fuels.

-Flaviu Delczeg

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Green Roofs Save Energy

Green roofs are spreading throughout America like a pandemic did in Europe in the 14th century. They are plant based and plant filled roofs that assist in cooling and reducing heat from roof temperatures. Because they are grass-based, they are green, hence the name. All humor aside, green roofs are also attractive, drain runoff water, and even absorb sunlight so that the roof material cannot be damaged by too much heat. Because of the increased plant kingdom population, more carbon dioxide is further converted to oxygen and our air is made cleaner of greenhouse gases.

Green roofs, unfortunately, cost a lot of money. Some types of tiles for green roofs even cost $34 per square foot. However, even though this costs an absurdly large amount, it ends up saving you money. Because of green roofs, it takes longer for roof damage to occur, thus saving you money in the future. In addition, if you are selling your house and it has a green roof, you are able to sell for more money, so therefore green roofs also aid in real estate sales.

I would highly suggest everyone get a green roof because of their many benefits. It is a large recommendation from my side because the mutuality of it makes everybody happy- you have a more attractive roof, with better cooling and heating, and the environment is made safer because of the increased amount of oxygen and decreased amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

-Flaviu Delczeg

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Where are the polar bears?

Where are the polar bears? Polar bears, as we all know are one of the most admired animals on earth. These animals are put in zoos for our entertainment, but now they are in need of us. The polar ice caps in which they walk on are melting, and if we don’t do anything about it they will be extinct. There are stories in magazines, newspapers, books, and etc, about polar bears that drown, hungry, homeless, and dying. We must do something about it, or they will be all gone. We all know about the extinction of the dinosaurs. They were completely wiped out from the earth, because of the asteroids. Stated in a book, 50 to 70 percent of the animals were wiped out from the earth when the asteroids hit. We don’t want the polar bears to be extinct also, I mean wouldn’t it be awkward, digging out the bones of polar bear and placing them in the museum? The main reason why the ice is melting is because of global warming. Before we can save the polar bears we have to find a way to stop global warming. We can stop global warming by lessening the use of hot water ant turning off devices that use heat. When we solve this problem we will be able to save polar bears. In the meantime, there are programs that we could sponsor, to save polar bears. If this is accomplished they will be no need of asking, where are the polar bears!!??

Eghosa Okundaye

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Reuse

The great inventor Edison once said: “All you need to create something is an idea and a pile of junk.” When we think pile of junk we usually think of a junkyard or some similar place that contains a variety of scrap materials. However, junk may also be classified as just trash.

A great man once said “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” If we use this trash for good things instead of just throwing it away in a land fill and harming our planet, we might be able to invent things with our “pile of junk.” We should be able to do things with our trash- not just throw it away. Especially when the trash is something such as metal, plastic or paper, it is painful to see it thrown away and not reused. Materials such as these can be reused again.

We can use this pile of junk and instead of wasting it, we can use it for something useful. So, let us get away from our old lives of  squandering and move toward a new stage… A stage of conserving.

-Flaviu Delczeg

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The Necessity of Innovation

A great inventor by  the name of Thomas Edison said: “To invent all you need is an idea and a pile of junk.” Now I never knew ole Tommy personally, but I think most of us can learn from his inspiration. He was saying that to invent, one needs a plan and materials. If we take this quote literally, if we use a pile of junk, then we can invent things. 

Let us think about all of the waste that we trash on an everyday basis. Let us think about the materials that we trash. Scrap metal, elements of metal, nonmetal, and metalloid classifications, and paper, glass, and plastic which can be reused into something new or recycled.

If we stop throwing away our things and instead recycle we can be the fuel of innovation that keeps the machine of our world going towards success. And for the things that we do throw away, we can increase more jobs and have some people gather up still useable materials in junkyards and dumps and help science.

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Let us, as people transform our trash and waste that we throw away into recycled goods that we can call treasure later.

– Flaviu Delczeg

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