Alternative electricity sources

Solar Power, is one of the most available sources on the planet. However, being an intermittent source of energy, it needs to be enhanced by storage or another energy source.

Using solar energy allows a more environmentally friendly or a “greener” way of living. One of its many advantages is that once its installed it does not cost more than the cost of setting up and routine maintenance.

“Stirling Disks” are solar power plants that use modern technologies to convert light energy into alternative electricity. Solar energy involves the usage of Photovoltaics, which is a system directed for small appliances and homes and if you live in the UK or US you to can save on your energy bills.

The Earth receives 174 Petawatts (174 X 10^15 Watts) of energy from the Sun and this generates currents, climates… Compare this to the world’s current energy consumption which is about 15 Terawatts (16 X 10^12Watts).

A Petawatt is equal to one quadrillion watts! – an infinite source of alternative electricity.

To put this into perspective, Dr Gerhard Knies from the Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation (TREC) estimates that within 6 hours deserts receive more energy from the sun than humankind consumes within a year.

Most of the solar energy harnessed comes from giant mirrors and parabolic shaped mirrors which reflect and concentrate solar power to superheat water to steam (some to 800 degrees Celsius) which then turns the turbines to create a very reliable source of alternative electricity.

With the Stirling engine re-emerging as a more efficient production method than Concentrated Solar Power, large expensive plants up to 850MW in capacity have been announced, but if you live in the US you can now build your own for less than $100. All the electric material for building the Stirling are available on moldoenerg.