Good weather with lots of sunshine is probably a driving factor for many of us to choose to come to Spain, either on holiday or to live.  However, June’s record temperatures which affected not only Spain but France, Germany and other Western European countries sparked more discussion on extreme weather and climate change.  The impact of human activities makes extreme temperatures substantially more likely according to one scientist from the Met Office Hadley Centre.

In many cases, extreme heatwaves can have negative impacts such as creating conditions which fan wildfires and even cause deaths through heatstroke.  Concern about the impact of human activity on the climate is driving the adoption of clean, Renewable Energy as well as research in to improving existing or creating new technologies in an effort to reduce our impact on the environment.  Below are some of the results as published in various Renewable Energy articles:

Expert Solar Power Harvester

A research team from Tel Aviv University has made the surprising discover that the common Oriental hornet utilizes solar power and produces electricity.  The scientists discovered that the outer body shell of the hornet works by converting the abdomen of the hornet into tiny solar cells which efficiently convert the sun’s rays into electricity.  If the research team can work out how to mimic the solar harvesting ability of the hornet, this could enable us to harvest Renewable Solar Energy as effortlessly as the hornet.

Free Heat From Sunlight

Another team of researchers at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts has created an aerogel; a foam-like material made of silica particles, which transmits 95% of visible light whilst maintaining its high insulating properties.  The aerogel is so transparent it is nearly invisible and could be used to replace conventional solar water heaters with solar collectors using the new aerogel technology.  It could also be used to heat residential and commercial buildings at a lower cost than traditional heating equipment.  The promise of virtually free zero emissions heat from the sun may be the next greatest thing since solar panels.  Of course, it may be a while until the aerogel can be manufactured in commercial quantities, so conventional solar water heaters and biomass heating are still the best renewable options for Renewable Energy heating today.

Trees

New research has found that the most effective tool against global warming that exists is one that has been known about for decades.  According to latest calculations, if the entire world organized to plant trees in all available land that isn’t existing farms or urban areas, it could capture two-thirds of all human-related carbon emissions.  Each person can make an impact by growing their own trees, donating to reforestation efforts and avoiding companies that are contributing to deforestation. However, even if all the potential 1.2 trillion trees were planted tomorrow, it would take between 50 and 100 years to see the full benefit and carbon emissions may have continued to increase in the meantime. With this in mind, experts still emphasize the need to bring emissions from fossil fuels and deforestation to zero.

There are many renewable options available today that not only help reduce carbon emissions, but also help reduce your energy bills.  If you are interested in learning more about what those are and how they can help you, email Free-Sol Solar at info@free-sol.com