Green Energy

How to go “Green” in energy?


The twin pillars of going green in energy are Energy efficiency and Renewable Energy. By increasing efficiency in energy production and usage as well as developing renewable energy resources, it is envisioned that mankind will fare much better in not only meeting our energy demand but also reducing the harmful side effects to the environment. The BSc in Green Energy Science program will offer a series of courses that discuss the various energy-efficient technologies and renewable energy technologies.

 

Amory Lovins, a great proponent of energy efficiency and the founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute (a leading energy organization), had stated that in industrial settings, "there are abundant opportunities to save 70% to 90% of the energy and cost for lighting, fan, and pump systems; 50% for electric motors; and 60% in areas such as heating, cooling, office equipment, and appliances (quote from wikipedia).” Therefore, the opportunities for increasing energy efficiency are enormous. It was estimated that the overall energy efficiency has been doubled since the 1970s, with potential to continue to improve in the decades to come and thus reducing our overall energy demand while the economy still continue to grow. More information regarding energy efficient technologies can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Efficient_energy_use.

 

Renewable energy sources generally include geothermal power, wind power, hydropower, solar energy, biomass power, tidal power and wave power. Some forms of nuclear power belong to the green energy category, since the nuclear waste can be "burn" through a process and becomes no longer dangerous. Worldwide usage of renewable energy is projected to grow significantly in the coming decades. But the issues of how to effectively and efficiently develop and use distinct renewable energy resources still require extensive research, as major technological limitations are yet to be overcome. More information regarding renewable energy resources can be found athttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renewable_energy.