Better Solar Surge Protection Means Lower Energy Prices
The debate between green energy production methods and fossil fuel production methods has gone on for many years. At the heart of the entire debate is money, and how much it will cost to produce power using each of these methods. For the record, green energy production is an umbrella term that encompasses any form of energy production that does not use a burned source of fuel as the method to turn turbines which produce in turn electricity. Green energy production is generally seen in the form of wind and solar. Both of these fall into the category of production methods which do not burn fossil fuels in order to create turbine movement. Both wind and solar use a different methodology which ultimately does not rely upon the mining of oil, gas or coal as a fuel source which is necessary to destroy in order to produce the electrical power product. Instead, a system like solar power production relies upon the gathering of sunlight on solar panels, which ultimately super heats liquid within a closed system. This liquid is forced through tubes due to the fact that it is expanding under the heat source, and a sequence of events then results in the turbines turning to produce the same electrical product that would be produced through the burning fossil fuels. The main difference is there not been a need for the fuel force to be mined or destroyed, resulting in the destruction to the environment and the pollution that occurs when fossil fuel is burned. The debate over the superiority of one system vs. another will generally come down to the costs associated with the production of the ultimate product, and perhaps as well the damage to the environment will be more heavily considered. Those that favor fossil fuels will argue that the damage done to the environment is worth the cost savings, but this argument is becoming less popular. The entire debate would end if the cost of production using solar methods were lower than those using fossil fuels.
Technology allows for a continual driving down of costs associated with the energy production using solar means. This is mainly seen in the reduction of costs to repair and replace components within a system. One of the main reasons that solar generated electricity costs more than fossil fuel generated electricity is due to ongoing damage to the system or the components as a result of inclement weather including lightning strikes and power surges. Lightning strikes to the solar panels are common and difficult to avoid. The subsequent power surge that moves through the system has had a damaging effect in the past that has driven costs up significantly. This is being counterbalanced by the production of higher-level surge protection equipment that has the ability to keep systems online longer while also providing higher levels of protection against power surges. Through keeping systems producing power during times when in the past we would have seen outages caused by power surges, we can produce more electrical product using the free source of fuel when available. By driving down the amount of cost associated with repair and replacement of equipment, we also reduce the overall costs that must be charged to consumers for the product. The future of renewable energy production is both cleaner and cheaper, and is coming in part as a result of technology improvements such as surge protection devices.