The Future of Energy: Eco-Friendly Electric Generators Leading the Way


The global energy system is changing rapidly. It is being transformed into something that looks drastically different than it did even just a few years ago. The state of the ship for a long time capitalized on archaic technology until the late 1990s. Most of Utah’s coal, oil, and gas power plants were installed from the 1940s through the 1970s. It was this kind of installation that prompted the recording of 840 Utah valleys scale models of energy use from 1940 to 1996 using those pretty much “tapped out” stations as the benchmark for what comes next. Plus, it explored why those uses at pretty much the same level of intensity (scale) can lead to such a wide range of energy use.

The Energy Transition: A Global Imperative

There are two problems facing the world—what to do about climate change and what to do about the rising demand for electricity. Coal plants today produce 40 percent of the world’s energy, primarily because coal is so abundant. It’s also a powerful and low-cost way to make electricity. In countries that have no other source of power, coal plants can give people light bulbs and the refrigerators we find in the modern, carbon-heavy kitchen. But really, is it a good idea to burn coal?

That’s one part of the “dual challenge” we have before us. The other part is answering the demand for electricity without adding greenhouse gasses to the air.

The Advantages of Eco-Friendly Electric Generators

Sustainability is certainly the biggest perk of eco-friendly generators, as they have a very limited impact on the world around them. This type of generator produces almost no greenhouse gasses. When we burn gasoline, diesel fuel, or natural gas, as we do in traditional generators, the carbon atoms in those fuels give up heat to make steam or direct motive power.

The Future of Eco-Friendly Electric Generators

  • The future of green electric generators is incredibly bright. As technology continues to advance, we can expect a whole new class of turbine that is more efficient, using software and sensors to maximize the amount of energy that can be captured from standard wind conditions while still having the capacity to deal with variable ones—something current turbines aren’t very good at. And these promise to be cheaper, too, not just pocket-change cheaper, but 10% to 20% CHEAPER than the current crop. No, wait! 20% to 30% CHEAPER. Toldja the future is bright. We can also look forward to something else current wind installations don’t do: a whole new way to store the energy they produce. Potentially, that’s a game-changer as well. And that’s just technology. Turbines will also keep getting big, as the follow-on to current 3-megawatt monsters, and small, as in the 10- to 20-kilowatt range, for residential and small-business use.


Eco-friendly electricity generators are on the rise. In our push toward a sustainable and resilient energy system, these generators are getting even more attention. With their reliance on renewable energy sources, they can help reduce our carbon emissions, lighten our energy costs, vitalize local economies, and promise a future in which we have plenty of electricity to go around.

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