Many people have been saying that we are on the downfall of peak oil, which is a main contributor to our energy in the world. Next to coal and natural gas, we have no other massive amount of energy we can harvest…. or do we? Many of you know of alternative forms of energy that scientists have been researching for a long time. These include, but are not limited to, solar energy, hydro, and wind energy. As many talking heads have told us, these technology innovations are expensive and don’t produce enough energy for it to be a viable source. So far, this is true. The technology is expensive to research and manufacture. But what if there were an easy way to harvest an energy that goes wasted every year?
What I am talking about is solar energy. Many engineers are showing the public that there is basically only one way to harvest this energy form the sun. Using solar panels. But recent innovations and discoveries have shown that we can use many forms of glass to help harvest energy. Since most of the ENTIRE world uses glass in buildings, and buildings are literally everywhere, can you imagine if every window in every building had photovoltaic properties? What if all of our energy was harvested from the sun and we didn’t even need fossil oils? I believe that in the near future, this is a possibility, and by near future, I mean the next 50 years.
It would be so beneficial if all new buildings were required to put photovoltaic windows into their buildings. If this conversion from standard windows started now, and continued in the future, so much could be harvested. Companies such as OnyxSolar have made great innovations in building integrated photovoltaics, which can be used for the replacement of conventional construction materials from different parts of the building’s exterior such as skylights, façades, windows, curtain walls or roofs.
My opinion is that as a society, we have to push for this energy movement. If companies see that they can benefit from society rising up to help out the planet, they will start making easier innovations into free energy solutions. This will then spur a competition in the market, and someday, these technologies will be affordable for everyone.