Applications of Renewable Energy
Energy is the essential driving force for the development of economy and growth of society, and energy consumption is closely related to the density of population. In 2000, the population on Earth reached 6 billion and the experts estimated that the population will reach 12 billion by 2042. Resources on the Earth are limited; by that time, the petro-energy stored in Earth will become insufficient to supply for the needs of the population in the world. Beyond the supply issue, pollution caused by use of petro-energy is hurting the Earth in a different way; therefore, many countries are now actively engaged in the development of renewable energy.Treasure the Earth, use renewable energy
The Applications of Renewable Energy Exhibition invites parents and children to experience the real forces of nature.
“Renewable Energy, Clean Earth energy”application exhibition will be held for 28 days from September 20th to October 16th and "Green", the renewable energy mascot, will guide the audience into the world of solar energy, hydraulic energy, wind-generated energy, biomass energy, geothermal energy, oceanic, and renewable energy. The exhibition is designed in two major themes- the "Clean Energy Vehicles" and "Renewable Energy" and many interesting concepts will be introduced to the public, including transportation vehicles: the whole new solar energy car, Apollo Plus, bio-diesel SUV, third generation electrical motorcycle, small hybrid electrical vehicle, and electrical bicycle, as well as other applications: solar water heater, solar cooking stove, waste derivative fuels, wind-power generation, thermal power generation, solar power driven ferries wheel, and "Cool" energy-saving house. It will be a fun event filled with interesting knowledge and the best field trip for families.
This year's event has the specially added “Clean Energy Vehicle section,” and “Apollo Plus” designed by the National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences will be the star of the show. Apollo Plus has become a star since it won the fourth place out of 22 teams in the First World Solar Challenge in Athens. There is also the biodiesel SUV designed by Taiwan NJC Corp. It is a car that runs on the diesel derived from waste food oil, which effectively lowers the amount of waste gas emission. Several electrical motorcycles and hybrid motor vehicles developed by the Mechanical and Systems Research Laboratories ITRI under sponsorship of the Bureau of Energy (MOEA) are also showcased in this exhibition. These are the practical applications that will become part of our lives in the near future.
Renewable energy is a naturally recyclable and reusable energy. Compared to the energy we are using now, for example fossil fuels like oil, coal, and natural gas which are limited in quantity, regenerative energy can be recycled again and again and used sustainably. There are currently six types of energy classified as renewable energy: solar energy, wind-power energy, hydraulic energy, bio-energy, geothermal energy, and oceanic energy.
Renewable energy is not only a type of energy that can be recycled and reused, but also a form of clean energy. It has the advantages of unlimited quantity, clean, and harmless to the environment, and provides diversified options for free choice. However, there are also limitations to the renewable energies, such as higher cost and unstable supply which is due to the reason that renewable energies from the nature, such as solar and wind power, are affected by the seasonal cycle and climate. In addition, some forms of energy are low in density, so large devices are required for sufficient power generation; for examples, a large open space is needed for installation of solar panels and a wide open area is needed for wind-power generators. With limited land resources and relatively high population density, it is hard to find such empty lands for large installations.
To make the concept of "renewable energy" easy to understand for children, we have also planned an education event, which will be held from September 20th to October 16th in the morning and afternoon of Saturdays and Sundays. Through games and DIY sessions, we will bring children the knowledge of renewable energies and their applications. Parents are also welcome to join us.