For ages, we put the sun energy to different uses. For example, since
time immortal, sun energy has helped us dry our washed clothes. Even
today, billions of people hang their washed clothes outside to dry them
in the sun.
On the surface, this cloth drying thing may look simple, but if you look at it you can see the massive amounts of energy that is saved every single day just because of the sun. The best thing with sun energy is its limitless availability, which means the energy can be used for years unknown, and that it is freely available across the planet. But for decades, scientists wondered whether this limitless energy from the sun can be used to produce electricity. And whether a sun energy powered future is possible.
Today, we all know that sun energy can be used to produce electricity. In fact, almost all countries now produce electricity out of sun rays. Captive power plant isn’t the only solution we have now; we can very well rely on solar projects that are set-up to make the most out of sun rays. In fact, several manufacturing companies have also set-up both captive power plant (s) as well as solar projects on their own to meet their ever-growing demands for energy; some of these energy producers not only meet their internal energy demands, but also export the surplus to the state grid. However the question ‘whether we can derive all our energy demands from sun’ remains unanswered.
Some experts are pretty optimistic about a solar energy powered future; however, there are others, who see solar energy as an additional source of energy that can surely reduce the world’s dependency on fossil fuels such as petrol and coal. It is also true that fossil fuels can’t last forever; going by the predictions made by some of these energy experts, the world will soon run out of its reservoirs of fossil fuels. So we have no option, but to exploit and explore more and more of solar power; setting up a new solar project after another is the best we can do now. And then we also have some other renewable options such as wind, tides, and geothermal heat.
Wind is emerging as a prominent renewable source. The new-age turbines work fabulously, and generate electricity for hundreds of villages in countries, like India. Wind and sun put together can meet a sizeable portion of our energy demands; they really can.
At this point of time, we can’t say whether a solar powered or renewable powered future is a possibility; the one thing that we are sure about is solar power (and wind too) promises a lot for the world that has exhausted its share of fossil fuels.
Only a few companies – such as Dalmia Power - have dared to enter the renewable energy sector. Be it setting up a new solar project, or a new captive power plant, the leading power companies in the country are doing their bit for an energy-secured future.