Hello! I’m Xandra and I’m from the United States.
I think that one of the energy resources we should look toward is hydro-power. Approximately 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, which we could use as a renewable resource to produce electricity. This rushing, aqueous environment is perfect for harnessing and reaping the benefits of turbines.
Recently, I read an article concerning the instillation of 30 turbines along the waters that join the Long Island Sound with the Atlantic Ocean in the New York Harbor. This movement was a part of the Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy Project, the first tidal project in the US that is commercially licensed. The propellers will use the rapids of the water to create 1,050 kilowatts of electricity that will provide power for 9,500 New York residents. Not only that, but the turbines will also assist with data collection concerning marine life. A group of technicians who will monitor these propellers will retrieve vital information on the environmental impacts on the fish as well as the river sediment. Not only do the turbines enhance energy production on land, but it benefits the aquatic ecosystems and allow us to carefully monitor our affect on the animals.
The United States itself has about 88,633 miles of tidal shoreline and 12,883 miles of general coastline in which turbines can be implemented. By using tidal energy resources wisely and with the advances of modern science in this renewable energy field, hydro-kinetic technology and water resources can hopefully constitute 15% of our nation’s electricity production by the year 2030.