Energy jack carroll

Part 1

General Challenge

Energy is a necessity of life for most. However, while some are discovering new and more efficient ways to use energy, there are still 1,201,000,000 people without electricity roaming the globe today.

Additional Sub-challenges

Providing sufficient energy to meet the requirements of the growing world population with rising living standards will require advances like never before in energy supply and efficiency.

Providing the energy that is needed for the growing world population will require a significant change in use of fossil-fuels. This change will then create a fear of climate disruption for everyone contributing to this challenge.
As for developing countries, the choice of technology, policy, and economic levers that will be used to transform and expand their energy systems will have substantial implications for their growth, international competitiveness, and economic security and prosperity.

Finding a way to make the energy we create every lasting through different techniques like recycling.

Neglecting the people that lack electrical supplies. Believe it or not, there are still 1,201,000,000 people that go about their daily lives without the use of energy.

Part 2

Currently, our planet consumes 21.38 trillion kWh per year of energy.

And we produce 22.75 trillion kWh per year of energy.

Where does most of today's energy come from?

So where are are we struggling to produce sufficient numbers of energy? And how can we produce the numbers we need?

If we could decrease the waste energy lost in the transmission grid or improve efficiency of plants, the need to build massive new energy plants would be diminished.

For example, an incandescent bulb wastes 95% of the electricity passing through it, converting that energy to heat rather than light. They are cheaper to buy and more expensive to own.

If we could increase the transmission efficiency with increased customer efficiency, we would not only just save substantial amounts of money and save the environment, but we would gain extra time to to lay out groundwork for a new energy economy.

Why are we not fixing these problems immediately?

Because the discounted value of future benefits versus current benefits are not great enough. Also, there is evidence proven that we are biased towards short-term thinking with the potential prosperity.

On top of creating more efficient energy, in the future, companies are working to find ways to use renewable sources of energy. Below are some examples:

Since 2008, the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) has been working hard to develop technologies to transmit electricity wirelessly. The goal is to be able to transmit energy wirelessly in 2030.
Recent rumors have suggested that Apple is working on an electric car to be released in the future. Rumors have also been spread that Apple has been in talks with Tesla motors regarding a potential deal.
German Architect Andre Broessel believes he has a solution that can get more energy out of the sun, even during the night hours and in low-light regions. His company, "Rawlemon," has created a spherical sun power generator prototype called the beta.ray. His technology will combine spherical geometry principles with a dual axis tracking system, allowing twice the yield of a conventional solar panel in a much smaller surface area.

Part 3

Throughout the globe, everyone is looking for reliable, renewable energy sources. With this, there would be an end to the energy crisis that happen in the world, and the energy produced would reduce the majority of the waste and improve the overall power. In Nigeria specifically, the Energy Commission of Nigeria started a three-day Capacity Building Training on Energy and Environment to brainstorm about the technology suitable for the actualisation of a renewable energy, which would reduce waste and improve power in the country.

According to the conference, the country is blessed with an abundance of resources, enough to generate renewable energy which could serve as a source of income to the country and reduce environmental hazards. However, that challenge remains with the technology to do so.
"The renewable energy project would soon be launched in the country and that it was imperative to train efficient manpower as pilots for the expected project." -Prof Eli Jidere Bala speaking at the opening of the workshop at the University of Benin, Benin City

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Created with images by janie.hernandez55 - "Hydroelectric Energy" • Couleur - "light bulb pear light"

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