Harnessing Clean Energy: Challenges Unaddressed

Harnessing Clean Energy: Challenges Unaddressed

We all know that clean energy mainly consists of Renewables and nuclear energy. But these have their respective limitations. Our generations don’t have the luxury of time, as Climate Change is continuously impacting the world around us in a highly unpredictable manner. Technically, our civilization is at crossroads of either improving things on this planet or find a better place with similar resources and living conditions as Earth.

When we say generations, we stress on the fact that all the living beings are a part of these upcoming generations. Teenagers like Greta Thunberg are clear examples of youth’s outrage on lawmakers’ continuous chalking-out plans to fight Climate Change, or their inability to take actions (in a crude sense). The youth is tired of preaching and little or no action.

What this generation doesn’t understand is that every action taken at this stage would lead to far-reaching consequences. The older people who act as lawmakers have substantial experience in administration and planning. They are puzzled at the urgency put right in front of them.

It is our generation who is expected to understand things from a scientific perspective. Can we give up crude oil right away? Just think about the consequences it can pose in front of us.  The cargo ships, the aviation sector, and the industrial scale projects, can we continue running these at the same pace (once we give up further exploitation of crude oil) as we are doing with fossil fuels? Are we ready for a paradigm shift in our lifestyle into a ‘pre-industrialized era’ one overnight?

When our Wi-Fi signal blacks-out for maintenance, we fall into a pit of hopelessness. When there’s a tree being cut on the roadside, we have no concern with it. Small daily life examples like these reflect that we are not ready yet, for whatever we are asking. We are far more interested in the latest smartphone or smartwatch or similar gadget hitting the stores than the Climate Change actions scientific community is progressing with each passing day.

Imagine a world where there’s no aviation or shipping (trade of commodities via sea route). How would you be able to access your favorite Japanese or Korean gadget! Hard to imagine, right.

Our energy issues are not easy to be addressed. There are certain people who can also claim that this component accounts for a small share of GHG (Green House Gas) in the atmosphere, hence can be taken as insignificant. I pity those statistical champions who have these sort of childish notions since micro-climatic conditions always have a direct and immediate impact on small geography or a developing world. So, these studies fail blatantly when we are talking about Small islands like Maldives, Sri Lanka, or the developing world like the African continent or the South Americas. In short, each source of GHG emissions must be phased-out with the same amount of seriousness.

If I were a person with unlimited powers on the planet, I would be happy to convert the world into a pre-industrialized one. There are so many positives we can take from this imagination. Say, we don’t have to rely on electricity for our daily-life purposes. The biggest chunk of development is gulped by electricity alone. No smartphones, no advanced power guzzlers; a peaceful life to embrace nature and enjoy the beauty of wildlife around us.

Now let’s face it. What I am proposing is utterly vague and impractical, since technology cannot be driven without electricity. The state-of-art medical and health care facilities, the e-governance in developing nations, the meteorological prowess of nations, the trade and economy, everything would come up at halt if there’s no electricity.

Only if we were capable of fulfilling our planet’s energy requirements with Renewables and Nuclear sources, the negativity can be resolved. For transportation, we can look out for technologies that reduce our dependence on conventional sources and provide better alternatives such as Mag-Lev for trains, Electric Vehicles, and biofuels.

The cloud servers of tech giants (Google, Amazon, Apple Inc., etc.) can be easily equipped with highly efficient solar modules which constantly provide a renewable form of electricity, with no emissions of any kind. Several such solutions are possible if we have intent and motivation to provide practical solutions to unaddressed challenges (such as our way of harnessing Energy).

Is it this difficult to materialize than chalking-out irrelevant plans? Just asking.

Ajay Dixit

Ajay is currently working as a consultant at Climate Connect Technologies Limited. He is an M.Sc in Environmental Sciences. An avid practitioner of Eco-friendly lifestyle himself, he likes to advocate the same to the masses. 

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