If green energy does not need to pay for things like coal, wood or oil to burn in order to make electricity, then why does it cost us more at the end of the day? This is a question that is not understood by many people who are voting in order to fund research that would benefit green energy producers, and ultimately is one of the reasons that many places still rely upon dirty production techniques. The support of research that can advance green technology is critical to the ongoing advancement of it as a viable alternative if it is to be called upon to produce energy for larger communities. The truth of the matter is that with more public support, advancements could be made that would ultimately bring production costs down below that of fossil fuels, which would ultimately create a product that does less damage to the environment while also costing consumers less. Once that state is achieved, there is no reason to continue to utilize outdated methods of producing power, and the world will absorb less damage as a result of those methods.
Why is green energy expensive to produce if you are not paying for wind or sun? The answer is in the components involved in the systems are expensive and also vulnerable. They are exposed to the elements and can sustain damage every day. Solar panels and wind turbines are natural attractants of lightning strikes, and as a result will be damaged regularly by storms that produce lightning. The costs that are estimated with regard to lightning strikes involve repair and replacement of the panels or blades of the wind turbines, but also must factor in surge related damage that happens to components that are not located at the strike point itself. The computerized equipment that must be involved in the control and data transfer process in these systems is directly connected to the system through power cables and data lines. These power or data transfer lines, are both well suited to allowing electricity to flow along them. When a large electrical surge is produced at the strike point, it couples into these lines and travels efficiently along them until it comes into contact with the next component in the chain. That component is damaged at the circuit level due to the inability to withstand electrical currents of that magnitude, and the surge then continues down the line until it is exhausted or dead ends.
The future of the green energy industry relies upon creating a situation where the product is produced at less of a cost than fossil fuels. While the argument for green technology being cleaner is without opposition, the real decisions are made on the monetary level, and most people will align themselves with the things that cost them the least. Through the integration of improved surge protection devices for green energy systems, the damage that is currently expected and therefore built into the pricing models can be reduced dramatically. Over time, these reduced ongoing costs can bring forth profitability within the green energy producers while still costing consumers less, as the life spans of equipment is extended to longer and longer points. This is the technological research that is necessary for the future, the development of systems and devices that can extend the life spans of other systems and devices. This is where Raycap is playing a role in the future of green energy, and can possibly help to change the world as we know it.